Julie’s boyfriend Ismaël lives with her; rather than worry about the time he spends with his colleague Alice, Julie invites Alice to join them. The three walk the streets of Paris, party, read, and sleep together. Sometimes it’s lighthearted, sometimes there are jealousies. Then death strikes. In various ways, those left come to terms with the departure and absence of a loved one: showing concern, eating together, attempting new relationships, trying to “be there” for the other. Then, the spirit returns and new commitments are possible. The romantic elements of musical comedy play in contrast to the ambivalence of the lyrics and the story.
He arrived in Paris in the 1990s, where he began working in cinema. After debuting with the short film Nous deux (2001), his feature films show him as a very personal creator, with a taste marked by a certain pop romanticism, and with an extraordinary ability to integrate his idols into his particular and very recognizable imaginary. D’A dedicated a retrospective to him in 2019.
Filmography: Guermantes (2021, D'A 2022), Habitación 212 (2019, D'A 2020), Vivir deprisa, amar despacio (2018, D’A 2019), Les malheurs de Sophie (2016), Métamorphoses (2014, D’A 2019), Les bien-aimés (2011, D’A 2012), Homme au bain (2010, D’A 2019), Non ma fille, tu n’iras pas danser (2009, D’A 2019), La belle personne (2008, D’A 2019), Les chansons d’amour (2007, D’A 2019), Dans Paris (2006, D’A 2019), Mi madre (2004, D’A 2019), 17 fois Cécile Cassard (2002, D’A 2019), Nous deux (short, 2001)