Les Amours d'Anaïs
The seasons have changed - spring is here, summer is on the way, and no film better exudes the aura of love in the sunshine than Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s ‘Anaïs in Love’. Broke, behind on her rent, and considering breaking up with her boyfriend, thirtysomething Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) doesn’t quite know what she wants from life.
Struggling to complete her thesis, she wanders aimlessly - a free spirit with no sense of direction but capable of turning heads and drawing the attention of others wherever she goes. In comes Daniel (Denis Podalydès), an older book publisher married to novelist Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) who takes a shine to Anaïs. In one particularly pointed conversation in bed, Daniel explains to Anaïs how his relationship with Emilie began in an almost identical way to how their affair has started now. Somehow not finding that anecdote especially charming, Anaïs becomes less enamoured with the sketchy older man and instead finds herself falling for Emilie.
There is something unexpected about the way ‘Anaïs in Love’ pulls you in, with its airiness making it exactly the right feel good movie. Some movies just feel like spring; this is certainly one. A bright breezy romance bursting with energy.
- FEMALE DIRECTOR