Fresh from an unceremonious dumping by her boyfriend of 10 years, Paula (Laetitia Dosch) finds herself wandering the streets of Paris - jobless, homeless, and single - who no idea of what life holds for her next. At 31 years old, with little to show for it but a kidnapped cat and a sense of adventure, she sets out to reinvent herself - new job, new friends, new life - and finds that these things never do come easily.
This slice-of-life drama about a 31yo woman (hardly ‘jeune’) opens with her having a rant after being dumped by her boyfriend. Then she wanders the streets with a cat and smokes a lot. And so on. Filmed with a soap-opera aesthetic, it’s a poor advert for modern French cinema. Watch the trailer first to see what you’re in for, then do something more interesting than watching the whole sorry mess, like doing the washing –up. The DVD also has a similar 40min timewaster by the same director – Leonor Serraille. It’s a name to avoid.
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Moder French cinema at its best
- Jeune Femme review by TE
A magnetic performance by Laetitia Dosch in the lead role here. The film has warmth and positive energy throughout in its depiction of the struggles of a passionate young woman trying to set up a new life after the end of an affair.
The narrative flows beautifully between the implications of the past and the challenges of the present.
This is another example of the increasing number of good contemporary films directed by women, with strong female lead stories to tell.
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Slice of life dullness
- Jeune Femme review by Sandy
An irresponsible brat of a woman wanders around Paris being generally loathsome having spent her life partying on party drugs. She finds a job, probably for the 1st time in her life, and hates it. After this, she wanders around Paris for a bit more. until she gets bored - or you do and switch it off.
There's no drama, nothing likeable about the main character and the whole film just shuffles along following this shambling wreck of a character.