Director: Virginie Despentes

97 minutes, France-Belgium-Switzerland,2012

We regret to announce that due to unforseen circumstances, Béatrice Dalle will not be in attendance that this screening as published. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Director Virginie Despentes’ follow-up to her controversial debut Baise-moi is a much more sedate, even tender-hearted tale of punk love. As depicted in flashbacks, Frances and Gloria (portrayed as younger women by Soko and Clara Ponsot, respectively) met in a psychiatric hospital, where their friendship blossomed into an affair. After some years apart, Frances (Emmanuelle Béart), now a successful TV presenter, invites installation artist Gloria (Béatrice Dalle) to move in with her, and the two resume their passionate if erratic relationship. Strong performances add to a story of the potency of first love.

Director’s Note: Impeccable casting brings together two screen icons – Béatrice Dalle and Emmanuelle Béart.

Showing as part of the 2012 IFI French Film Festival.

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