The Big Hit
Etienne, an often-out-of-work but endearing actor, runs a theatre workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s classic ‘Waiting for Godot’.
16 year old young Parisian Suzanne (played by the director) is distant and disconnected around her fellow students. When she catches sight of a handsome man, Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), nearly two decades her senior, she finds her adoration of him fills the gap in her distracted mind.
The two leads have electric chemistry together and the film rejects any Lolita or ‘Manhattan’ comparisons. Suzanne is no victim and as a writer-director she feels completely in control.
A portrait of romance and fantasy, boredom and adolescence, Suzanne Lindon’s understated and elegant debut navigates the unique thrills of first love.