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Thirty-year-old Alice's occupation is rather unusual for a woman : she works as an engineer on a freighter. She loves her job and does it competently but even in a greasy blue overall a woman will be a woman, with her heart, her desires and her seduction... In such conditions can an all-male crew really remain totally insensitive to her charms? A situation all the more complicated as not only does Alice leave her fiancé Felix behind but she also discovers on board the Fidélio that the captain is Gaël, her first love... Written by
French actress, screenwriter and director Lucie Borleteau's feature film debut which she wrote with screenwriter Clara Bourreau, is inspired by her best friend who was a sailor. It premiered in France, was screened in the Concorso internazionale section at the 67th Locarno international Film Festival in 2014, was shot on locations in France, Poland and Senegal and is a French production which was produced by producers Pascal Caucheteux and Marine Arrighi de Casanova. It tells the story about a thirty-year-old daughter, sister and mechanic at a cargo ship called Fidelio.
Distinctly and subtly directed by French filmmaker Lucie Borleteau, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws a reflectively multifaceted and literary portrayal of a Norwegian citizen named Felix whom has left his country of origin to become an author and his relationship with his girlfriend. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions, distinct cinematography by cinematographer Simon Beauflis and real locations, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about parallel lives, a human being who moves like the character which carries the boat where she temporarily lives, the others whom she is accompanied by and a word starting with l and ending with e, depicts a cinematographically poetic study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Thomas de Pourquery.
This mindfully interrelated journey which is set in France in the 21st century and where a captain named Gaël is reunited with a former friend, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure,substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, comment by Alice: "I'll never be an ordinary girl." and the reverent acting performances by Greek actress Ariane Labed and French actor, musician and director Melvil Poupaud. A presently open-minded and mysterious narrative feature which gained, among other awards, the Best Actress Award at the 67th Locarno Film Festival in 2014.
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