The official Opening Night film of the 2016 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, ROSALIE BLUM charmed audiences and went on to became the best-attended film in the event’s 27-year history.
Thirty-something Vincent Machot (Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum ( Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins following her.
To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s ingeniously structured tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and dramatic – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.
Indeed, with its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, ROSALIE BLUM delivers a timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer and is a joy to watch.