Le Pressentiment

Director: Jean-Pierre Darroussin

France • 2006 • 100 minutes

After appearing in nearly 80 films, Jean-Pierre Darroussin makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of a 1936 novel by Emmanuel Bove, a writer little-known outside France and much admired by Samuel Beckett. Updating the novel to contemporary Paris, Darroussin plays Charles Benesteau, a wealthy lawyer who drops out of his bourgeois lifestyle to move into a small apartment in a multi-ethnic working-class neighbourhood. Charles hopes to find happiness in anonymous solitude but finds his new existence brings its own problems…
Le Pressentiment is a striking look at modern day France and the perils its class system projects upon its citizens.

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