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Directed by Alain Guiraudie

France 2016 100 mins. In French

Léo, a filmmaker in search of a project, is scouting in the south of France when he is seduced by Marie, a free-spirited and dynamic shepherdess. Months later, after Marie gives birth to their child, she abandons both Leo and their child without warning. Through a series of unexpected and unusual encounters, Leo finds inspiration for his next film amid his new life as a single parent and explorer of his own sexuality. With vivid, pastoral imagery, the story plays out like a fairy tale but with a dark, explicit twist that filmmaker Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is known for. Adult audiences.

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Reviews: Film Comment 1, Film Comment 2, Movie Mezzanine, Village Voice, Brooklyn Magazine, Sight & Sound

Interviews: Interview with Alain Guiraudie at Indiewire, Interview with Alain Guiraudie at MUBI Notebook

Filmography: Stranger by the Lake (2013), King of Escape (2009), Time Has Come (2005), That Old Dream That Moves (2001)



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