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ROBUST

Constance Meyer

Aging film star George (Gérard Depardieu) is well past his prime; petulant and needy, his tendency to crash motorbikes and embark on drunken misadventures has accelerated his decline, both in the public’s eye, and in his private life. Aissa (Déborah Lukumuena), a semi-pro wrestler who earns a living as a security officer, has a hard time handling her complicated love life. When Lalou (Steve Tientcheu), George’s right-hand man and only friend, takes a leave of absence for several weeks, Aissa is immediately appointed as his replacement. Between this pragmatic young lady bodyguard, and the spoilt, entitled actor, a singular bond begins to take root. With an emphasis on sharp writing, nuanced characterisation, and an avoidance of sentimentality, Constance Meyer’s debut film is a low-key joy, which benefits immeasurably from the on-screen chemistry of the leads.

Notes by David O’Mahony

There will be Open Captioned screenings on Friday 22nd at 13.15, and on Tuesday 26th at 18.30.

95 mins, France, 2021, Digital, F-Rated

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