It’s summer and Arnaud begins work for the family business, building garden sheds with his brother. Meeting under unusual circumstances, he becomes fascinated with the surly Madeleine.
Obsessed by survival and gripped by prophecies of doom, Madeleine determines to join an elite commando unit. Arnaud follows. As they begin at an army training camp, their bodies and emotions are put to the test.
An improbable mix of teen-movie, rom-com, and pre-apocalypse film, stretching the limits of each genre.
Breathing new life into an old genre, debut director Thomas Cailley’s decidedly skewed romantic-comedy throws together mild, take-it-as-it-comes young Arnaud (Kevin Azaïs), a small-town guy working in his family’s timber plant, and hard-as-nails Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), a young survivalist with visions of the Apocalypse, to relentlessly funny effect. When he follows her into an army training course, the acerbic barbs in Cailley and Claude Le Pape’s screenplay fly between the mismatched couple faster than the paintball bullets in their near–lethal guns…“A drolly enjoyable screwball rom-com… [the] film is a delicious vehicle for rising French star Adèle Haenel… very likeably partnered by the candid, comedically astute Kevin Azaïs. [This is a] well-crafted and intelligent audience-pleaser… Cailley works up his gently acidic comedy with expertise, nicely working some new riffs on the theme of small town boredom, and eventually taking us somewhere unexpected as this counter-intuitive love match blossoms….”
Jonathan Romney, ScreenWinner: Best Film and FIPRESCI prize, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight