Zabou Breitman – No et moi AKA No and Me (2010)

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Lou has few friends and her mother’s addiction to tranquillisers increases her feeling of isolation. For a school project, she must prepare a presentation on homelessness. At the Gare d’Austerlitz she comes across a homeless girl who calls herself No because this is what everyone says to her. In return for a drink, No agrees to let Lou interview her. No reveals that she is 18 and has spent her whole life in care. Lou is moved by No’s story and begins to see her as a friend. When No disappears, Lou sets out to look for her, convinced that they both need each other… Continue reading

Zabou Breitman – Se souvenir des belles choses AKA Try to Remember (2001)

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In her first stint behind the lens, French actress Zabou Breitman takes serious material and spins a touching, funny, wonderfully played love story in “Beautiful Memories,” set in a home for amnesiacs. An ensemble cast, topped by Isabelle Carre and Bernard Campan as the two afflicted partners, keeps the fragile material fresh and engaging, though the movie’s discreet charms will make this a difficult sell offshore. However, more festival exposure is undoubtedly indicated. (Derek Elley, Variety) Continue reading