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Directed by Sebastien Betbeder

France 2013 93 mins. In French

This whimsical tale of ennui and the transformative power of calamity stylishly employs New Wave-inspired visuals, animation, reality-style confessionals, and a raft of pop cultural references, in-jokes, and appropriations to create a 21st-century portrait of young Parisians in love. Arman, a 33-year-old hipster vaguely longs for change. Maybe he’ll eat healthier? Half-gallantly, half-accidentally, he saves the beautiful Amélie from a pair of muggers. And their meet-cute (and dangerous) allows love to bloom. Meanwhile, Arman’s best friend from art school, Benjamin, is destined for sudden change too. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, the lives of the three intermingle with meetings, accidents, love stories, and memories. “A quintessential example of mélancomédie…. As for soon-to-break-out talents, I’m betting on Betbeder.”–Gavin Smith, Film Comment.