Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
It's 1981, on the eve of Francois Mitterrand's election. There's an air of excitement, almost of revolution, in working class neighbourhoods throughout France. The gulf between the classes has deepened - while the left is euphoric, the bourgeois right are worried sick. Not the best time for 18 year-old Primo (Pierre Niney of the Comédie Française) to fall for the many charms of the spoiled bourgeoise Gabrielle (Lou de Laâge). Primo is forced to invent a whole new pedigree for himself and to spend every last franc to impress Gabrielle and her attractive but aimless friends. He amusingly trips over his own lies. And, love is blind...
Primo's parents, provincial shopkeepers, have scrimped and saved to send him to Paris to study. Father Pierre sees Primo's pretense as a socio-political act, a betrayal of his class. Primo's best friend is a socialist and activist, and can't stomach standing idly by while Primo remains dazzled by the fast young crowd from 'les beaux quartiers'. Things come to a head when Gabrielle expects Primo to take her to Saint-Tropez for a long weekend...
Director Frédéric Louf has put together a fine ensemble cast and recreates the advent of the Mitterrand far-left socialist era with exactitude. It's one of a rare breed of films that combines romantic comedy with socio-political causes and events.
2011 CABOURG FILM FESTIVAL - ROMANTIQUE DAYS, EUROPEAN DAYS - NOMINATION FIRST RENDEZ-VOUS PRIZE / BEST INTERPRETATION
2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - NOMINATION INTERNATIONAL CRITIQUE PRIZE - DISCOVERIES