” is about a sad, brilliant author struggling with AIDS, but it’s not a grim death drama. The most emotional and understated work from French director Christophe Honoré
is a touching tribute to the art and culture of early ‘90s France, charting creative obsessions young and old, and strikes a note that’s life-affirming and melancholic.
Set in 1993, the movie centers on Jacques, an HIV-positive novelist of some note who has reached a crossroads. He’s single, but lives with a young son in his cluttered Paris apartment, where middle-aged neighbor Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) pays frequent visits as the men reminisce about the old days. In the midst of this dynamic, Jacques meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties keen on escaping that parochial seaside world of Brittany for the fast-paced metropolitan pleasures of Parisian life.
In essence, he wants the same creative community that Jacques outgrew ages ago,