the “mixture of genres” film by Gilles Lellouche presented at the Cannes Film Festival

the “mixture of genres” film by Gilles Lellouche presented at the Cannes Film Festival
the “mixture of genres” film by Gilles Lellouche presented at the Cannes Film Festival

The filmmaker took the steps surrounded by François Civil and Adèle Exarchopoulos, his two stars, to present this highly anticipated film.

It is one of the few French films selected in the official selection of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival. Love phew, a new production by Gilles Lellouche, was screened Thursday May 23 on the Croisette. Five years after the public and critical success of The Great Baththe actor returns behind the camera for this feature film which mixes genres and stars François Civil and Adèle Exarchopoulos.

The two actors took the steps of Cannes in the company of their director and the rest of the cast, composed among others of Élodie Bouchez, Alain Chabat, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste, Jean-Pascal Zadi and Raphaël Quenard.

Hailed for more than fifteen minutes at the end of his screening, Love phew takes place in the north of France and follows the budding love of two teenagers, Jackie and Clotaire:

“She studies, he hangs out,” explains the synopsis. “And then their destinies intersect and it’s mad love. Life will try to separate them but nothing works, these two are like the two ventricles of the same heart.”

Their story ends when Clotaire, caught up in a case of organized crime, receives a prison sentence. When he gets out, 10 years later, he sets out to find Jackie.

“The freedom to go almost everywhere”

Inspired by an Irish novel lent to him by Benoît Poelevoorde, Love phew is a project matured by Gilles Lellouche over 17 years:

“I’ve had this novel in mind for a very long time,” he explains to BFMTV. “It almost developed on its own in my head over time. The mix of genres, music, eras, the mix of feelings… I like it when we’re not stuck in one style and “we have the freedom, within a framework, to go almost everywhere.”

“I wanted to make a generous film,” he concludes. “A film like a declaration of love to cinema and, also, a declaration of love quite simply.”

We will have to wait for the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, this Saturday, May 25, to find out if Love phew will appear on the list. The feature film will be available in theaters on October 16.

Philippe Dufreigne, with Benjamin Pierret

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