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Director: Jacques Audiard
Writers: Jacques Audiard, Nicolas Livecchi, Léa Mysius
Stars: Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant

With “Paris, 13th District 2022”, Jacques Audiard found himself back at Cannes in 2021 for the first time since winning the 2015 Palme d’Or with “Dheepan”. The director skipped the festival for his slightly more conventional “The Sisters Brothers,” which went to Venice in 2018, and with this black-and-white ode to love and sex in the City of Lights, he found himself back. in its rightful place. place on the Croisette. Now, IFC Films will release the film on April 15 in theaters in the United States. Exclusive to IndieWire, check out the trailer for the film below.

For this love quadrangle involving three women and one man, Audiard co-writes the film with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” filmmaker Céline Sciamma and screenwriter Léa Mysius. The cast includes “Portrait” star Noémie Merlant as Nora, Lucie Zhang as Emilie, Makita Samba as Camille and Jehnny Beth as Amber, all moving pieces on a chessboard of erotic entanglements.

Jacques Audiard’s sexy and atmospheric new film, Paris, 13th District, has received a lukewarm response from moviegoers who revere the director for experimenting with the conventions of genre filmmaking. For those who loved Read My Lips (2001) and The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), this slightly understated romantic drama feels like a slap in the face. Instead of inserting beautiful movie stars in a grimy setting and sexual tension into narratives of safe-cracking and murder, it cuts all the leather off the shoes and produces a sensorily immersive and moving relationship drama.

The first scene perfectly sets the tone for the next 106 minutes. The camera lovingly glides across the titular suburb, slowly settling on the apartment inhabited by Émilie Wong (Lucie Zhang). She lives alone but seems to revel in the experience of not being watched. We watch her from a distance for a few minutes and watch as she decides to wrap Glad-Wrap around her stomach.

In just a couple of minutes, Audiard establishes the fact that this is going to be a humor piece about nervous and aloof individuals. Audiences get to revel in these brief, stolen moments when these people are truly themselves, and the evocative sound design makes one feel as if they’re looking at something intimate and very personal.

You will hear the rustle of sheets or the sound of the breeze coming through an open window and it makes everything seem more immediate. There’s also an amazing urgency to the insistent and time-tested camerawork used during these quiet interludes. Each scene is so carefully constructed that viewers always feel as though they are deeply involved in what is happening on screen.

It is significant that the film is so carefully constructed because, on paper, the narrative is not particularly smooth. Audiard collaborated with Céline Sciamma, Nicolas Livecchi and Léa Mysius on the screenplay and they chose to employ an episodic structure to tell the story. This means that it is divided into several different chapters, with different characters being introduced at different points in the narrative.

Naturally, Émilie is the first character we meet, but she is soon joined by Camille (Makita Samba). He has come to her apartment to ask how to become her roommate and she is shocked to discover that he is a man and not a woman. He is preparing to study for her doctorate, but spends most of his time working as a teacher, while she flits between various low-paying jobs.

They quickly start to bond and he ends up moving into the apartment. When he breaks off her relationship after a few days, she is shocked and heartbroken. After making this sudden decision, Camille realizes that Émilie treats her housemates differently from her lovers and responds negatively to her attempts to alienate her lovers.

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