Young French Cinema 2022: The Braves w/Sër Bi
Director: Anaïs Volpé Run Time: 120 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022
Starring: Angélique Kidjo, Déborah Lukumuena, Sara Verhagen, Souheila Yacoub, Sveva Alviti
Entre les vagues/The Braves is presented at the Film Center and in our Virtual Screening Room as part of Young French Cinema.
Presentations at the Film Center include New French Shorts program selection Les Tissus Blancs/Sër Bi from Moly Kane.
Premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2021. Sick of being passed over at casting calls, best friends Margot and Alma decide to make an impression by faking a fight during an audition. The stunt works: Alma gets the lead, and Margot is hired as her understudy. Life finally seems to be fulfilling the two young women’s boundless appetite for art, friendship, and all-nighters spent crashing parties and pranking loser exes. But when Alma collapses in rehearsal, Margot discovers her awful secret: she has terminal cancer.
“Both lead performers bring a charismatic presence… a film that emerges as a fond remembrance of a cherished friendship”
—Allan Hunter for Screen Daily
With her extraordinary second feature, writer-director Anaïs Volpé successfully tackles the perilous trope of the dying young woman, never shying away from the tragedy of her subject, but emphasizing the way life goes on through a dizzying juxtaposition of great joy and tremendous sadness. Aided by the intimate camera work of cult American cinematographer Sean Price Williams (Good Time) and ebullient performances by two of French cinema’s most engaging young actresses, Souheila Yacoub (Climax) and Déborah Lukumuena (Divines), Volpé gives us a story of death that is bursting with life, a fresh take on the restless nights of Paris, and an ode to the power of female friendship.Young French Cinema 2022 Program See our upcoming films