IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: 21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE

Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu

(21 Nuits avec Pattie)

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The Larrieu brothers’ new comedy is a delightfully witty game where death and desire are intertwined. Caroline (Isabelle Carré), an uptight Parisian in her 40s, arrives in an idyllic mountain village in southwest France hoping to deal quickly with the funeral arrangements for her estranged mother, known to locals as ‘Zaza’.

First she encounters the insatiable Pattie (a formidable Karin Viard), who loves to share the saucy details of her epic sexual exploits. When Zaza’s body disappears, Caroline soon meets her mother’s colourful entourage, and bizarre explanations and intrigue unfold. (Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

Director’s note: With a superb cast, this exuberant rural sex-comedy is alive with suggestive eroticism, vividly described in words but never shown.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.

110 mins • France • 2015 • Digital

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