In French with English subtitles.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | WEST COAST PREMIERE
Alone in the small Breton seaside resort town where she habitually spends her summers, septuagenarian Louise (voiced by Dominique Frot) realizes that she’s stranded; the last train has departed without her. On the final day of summer, the weather suddenly turns for the worse, and Louise isn’t sure she will be able to make it through the winter alone. After some consideration, she finds a kind of liberation in her solitude. This enhances her self-reliance and unleashes memories which are heightened by her whimsical imagination. Jean-François Laguionie's inspired hand-drawn animations have been painstakingly rendered, frame by frame, to capture the beach-town’s pastel hues and moody blues -- a reflection of Louise's inner experience as she ruminates on her curious teenage escapades and childhood adventures. Louise’s surreal dreamscapes float around, igniting the vitality of her youth, revealing the shadows of her past, and examining her mortality. Louise’s vigor for life, gentleness, and endearing idiosyncrasies make for a captivating, minimal portrait of a woman who is literally and figuratively at one with herself.
Recommended for ages 13+
Themes: animation, childhood, elders, memory, imagination, female experience
Advisory: The talking skeleton of a pilot from WWII hangs from a tree in childhood flashback / dream-like sequence.
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