Martin comes to meet Léa in Paris in a last hope. They are both twenty-five and have lived together their first love story. From now on, they will both be working to build an adult life.
L'Amour debout is a deeply melancholic film, even if it tries to hide it. With the actors' grace, the delicate attention given to one another, the resolute ingenuity, we could forget the dramatic starting point of this narrative: the breakup that keeps on hurting Léa and Martin. Michaël Dacheux films his characters picking up their lives with a tenderness catching perfectly the shiver between doubt and freedom. Obviously and happily inspired by the Nouvelle Vague, L'Amour debout never gets stuck in the past. Just like Léa becomes a tourist guide when she takes the viewers on Parisian strolls, the film takes us on a merry exploration of this timeless city, off the beaten tracks, towards a bright and hope-filled horizon. (Laurence Reymond)
FIRST FRENCH FICTION*
* Selected only for the prize Gérard Frot-Coutaz
Paul Delbreil, Adèle Csech, Samuel Fasse, Jean-Christophe Marti, Thibaut Destouches, Shirley Mirande, Pascal Cervo, Françoise Lebrun
Michaël Dacheux's first film, Commune présence was screened in the FID's official selection in 2008. In 2009, Sur le départ won the award for best screenplay in Brive. Michaël Dacheux organizes film workshops at the Cinémathèque Francaise and has been in the redaction committee of Vertigo. His film L'amour debout won the [Films en cours] award in Entrevues in 2017 and was in the Acid selection in Cannes. CM/SF : Commune présence (2008), Sur le départ (2011).