Director Cédric Klapisch takes a major turn in an already booming career with his inventive, delicate, astonishingly moving new film, Someone, Somewhere. The notion that it takes two clear-eyed, self-aware souls, who have healed their own wounds and attained a certain measure of self-love before they can ever hope of finding a requited relationship is not a new concept. Yet it’s one that is sorely absent from what we have come to expect from the romance genre. With nary a cutesy cliché nor romantic projection in sight, this love-story-that’s-not-a-love-story is, rather, a wholly refreshing take on that leap into the abyss that is the indomitable human pursuit of true love. Rising star François Civil displays the deft comic timing of a young Cary Grant and Ana Girardot brings a poignant, fresh-faced vulnerability to the ultimate girl-next-door role. Both give nuanced, heartfelt performances in this sweet, very funny, beautifully photographed, buoyant film… which even manages to squeeze in a little valentine to Dr. Freud!
After majoring in cinema studies at the Sorbonne, writer/director Cédric Klapisch shot his first short, In Transit, as a graduate student at New York University in 1986. His second short, Ce qui me meut, was nominated for a César Award for Best Narrative Short and, in 1992, Riens du tout was nominated for Best First Feature. He went on to write and direct thirteen features films, including Family Resemblances, the film adaptation of Angès Jaoui’s and Jean-Pierre Bacri’s smash play, Un Air de Famille, which went on to garner César Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Klapisch is perhaps best known in America for his L’Auberge Espagnol / Russian Dolls / Chinese Puzzle trilogy, which was first conceived in response to François Truffaut’s emblematic Antoine Doinel series. Klapisch’s work was honored with a COLCOA Spotlight retrospective in 2014.
Ana Girardot, François Civil
Festival du film francophone d’Angoulême 2019