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Revoir Paris

Alice Winocour | 2022 | 103 MINS
France | Subtitles
New Release - France

Writer-director Alice Winocour offers an engaging account of severe PTSD and a possible path to recovery. ‘Paris Memories’ is a drama based on a terrorist attack and the profound marks left on those who survived, undeniably bringing to mind the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan tragedies in the French capital.

In Detail

Three months after being caught in a Paris bistro during the attack, Mia (Virginie Efira), a Russian translator, remains in limbo, a stranger to herself and to the city. By returning to the place where it all happened and where she hid for nearly two hours, she makes an effort to remember the details that will allow her to heal and move forward.

Her taciturn accumulation of emotions finds some illumination in the optimism of Thomas (Benoît Magimel), another survivor who was celebrating his birthday on that fateful evening. Circumspectly shot, this heartbreaking description of how to overcome trauma is centred on the victims, not the murderers.

The images are poignant, the sound is effective and Efira’s Mia shines as an emotionally adrift survivor in a drama that, while fictionalised, channels post-Bataclan sentiment with tact and humanity. It provides a soulful look at learning how to live again when you have miraculously escaped dying. ‘Revoir Paris’ was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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