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Antoinette in the Cévennes

M 96 MIN
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Synopsis

An Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes International Film Festival, writer/director Caroline Vignal’s hilarious and life-affirming comedy sensation ANTOINETTE IN THE CÉVENNES stars the wonderful Laure Calamy (Call My Agent!, Aurore) as a woman who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery in somewhat unexpected circumstances.

40-something primary school teacher Antoinette (Calamy, in a career-making turn) has been eagerly looking forward to a long-planned weekend escape with her married lover Vladimir (C’est la vie!’s Benjamin Lavernhe), the father of one of her pupils. However their plans are upended by his wife’s booking of a surprise hiking trip in the picturesque Cévennes mountains in the South of France (a six-day trek made famous by best-selling author Robert Louis Stevenson). Completely unversed in the ways of the wilderness, the spurned Antoinette impulsively decides to follow them, and once paired with an unlikely companion - an obstinate but evidently wise grey donkey named Patrick - discovers much, much more than she bargained for...

Carried by the remarkable Calamy, Vignal's wonderfully mischievous film offers both Antoinette and audiences an uproarious and poignant reminder of the virtues of independence, and that the journey, not the destination, is often the reward. Buoyed by rave reviews and phenomenal word of mouth, this understated, heartfelt charmer outperformed several US blockbusters, becoming one of France’s biggest hits of the year.

Awards

2021 CÉSAR AWARDS – WINNER – Best Actress

Reviews


"A disarming, irresistible comedy! "

- Paul Byrnes - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


"Sunny and delightful! Laure Calamy, like Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and Audrey Tatou, is a natural big-screen comedy star. She nails every beat."

- CJ Johnson - ABC RADIO



"Fun and incredibly romantic. A jewel that touches the heart. "

- Emily Barnett - MARIE CLAIRE



"An hilarious comedy led by an irresistible actress. Need a breath of fresh air? Run to see 'Antoinette in the Cévennes'. "

- Nathalie Simon - LE FIGARO



"Stupendously entertaining. A sunny and spirit-lifting comedy boasting an endearing turn by Laure Calamy. "

- Emma Simmonds - THE LIST


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 8th April

Duration

96 min

Rating

M

Cast

Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe, Olivia Côte, Marie Rivière

Director

Caroline Vignal

Genre

Comedy

Language

French with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Central, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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