Huppert sings! The radiant, astounding Isabelle Huppert does it again in Bavo Defurne's musical romance. She plays Liliane, a worker at a pâté factory in gritty Ostend, Belgium, who harbors a benign secret: she was once a pop-music star catapulted to prominence via a second-place finish in the kitschy Eurovision song contest three decades ago (no mean feat considering she lost to ABBA).
When young co-worker Jean (Kévin Azais) recognizes her, she initially denies her past. But Jean is a persuasive and, not to mention, handsome fellow: Liliane soon finds herself considering a comeback with Jean as her manager-and burgeoning love interest... It is a credit to Defurne (North Sea Texas) that he lets the amazing Huppert control the film; everything she does here—including her singing—brings pleasure.
"Art-house superstar Isabelle Huppert rounds out a banner 2016 with a delicately heart-tugging performance... [This is] a film that stays sweetly on track by keeping its feet on the ground..." Charles Gant, Screen
|Running Time:||90 minutes|
|Premier Status:||U.S. Premiere|
|Principal Cast:||Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azais, Johan Leysen, Marie Colapietro, Alice D’Hauwe|
|Cinematographers:||Philippe Guilbert, Virginie Saint-Martin|
|Screenwriter:||Jacques Boon, Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken|
|International Sales Company:||The Festival Agency|
guests in attendance
Bavo Defurne – Director (January 10 only)