ANAÏS IN LOVE Opens in San Francisco

By Moira Jean Sullivan

ANAÏS IN LOVE by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet is a French romantic comedy about Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier), a 35 year old woman who on the practical side of life is able to talk her way through not paying her rent, or lodging, or showing up at college or finishing her thesis on passion. Such folly is on the surface of a clever and vibrant young woman who has unfulfilling relationships with a young man she shares an apartment with and Daniel, a stingy older married man (Denis Podalydès) she is having an affair with. But she falls in love with his wife (Valeria Bruni Tedesci) that she has never met who is a writer. She rents out her apartment to a Korean couple and takes off for a writing seminar to meet Emilie. During this time Daniel drives to the seminar for an unarranged meeting with his wife. At a film screening for the seminar, Elie has chosen John Cassavetes Opening Night (1971) with Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara –a film about a writer who ironically has a fan trying to get her attention as Anaïs does with Emilie.

Though she may be irresponsible, Anaïs knows what she wants and is seen constantly running to chase after the essential things she wants in her life. Anaïs and Emilie are quite enough for the film though there are several extraneous characters that are important like Anaïs parents but some even if humorous are unnecessary.

Emilie tries convincing Anaïs that she has nothing to offer but Anaïs knows otherwise.

Actors Anaïs Demoustier and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi have good onscreen chemistry, and their relationship is well-crafted by director/writer Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet in a film that only wants more of them. Beautiful love letters scroll on the screen and words of love are poignant and engaging.

ANAÏS IN LOVE was nominated for the Queer Palm and Golden Camera Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival International Critics week at its World Premiere.

Opens April 29. Landmark's Opera Plaza, San Francisco Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

© 2022 - Moira Jean Sullivan: 04/29/22
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