Although Mathieu Almaric featured in The Sentinel, it was his role in this tale of early-life crisis that signalled both the beginning of his long-standing collaboration with Desplechin, and kick-started his own illustrious career. Winning the César for Most Promising Actor for his performance as the evocatively named PhD student Paul Dedalus, Almaric was a perfect fit for this Woody Allen-like figure who manages to attract and repel women in equal measure.
With a diverse soundtrack including some first-rate French hip hop, of which the director is clearly a fan, this is an eloquent portrait of an artist as a young man. (Notes by Alice Butler.)
This film is screening as part of the Arnaud Desplechin Programme which will continue during the 14th Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival (November 20th – December 1st 2013).
The full season features five of Desplechin’s films: The Sentinel (1992), Esther Kahn (2000), Kings and Queen (2004), A Christmas Tale (2008) and the premiere of his latest work, Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) (2013).
We are delighted and honoured that Arnaud Desplechin will be attending the Festival to introduce his films Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) and A Christmas Tale, and will host a masterclass on November 22nd.