Just a Sigh

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Jerome Bonnel

105 minutes / Color
English; French / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2013

In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix, played by the stunning Emmanuelle Devos (Desplechin's CHRISTMAS TALE), makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn toward him, she follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life. With masterful performances by Devos and her acclaimed co-star Gabriel Byrne, JUST A SIGH is an imaginative and lushly filmed Parisian romance.

Young and versatile director Jerome Bonnell (LE CHIGNON D'OLGA) tells a real-time story with a particular sense for detail. Reminiscent of Francois Truffaut's THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, the film captures vivid insights of a burning love evolving between two characters, wonderfully brought together by Bonnell's down-to-earth approach. JUST A SIGH captures an irrational, sentimental encounter balanced between the extremes of elopement and routine, with breathtaking psychological intrigue.

"Critic's Pick! A contemporary Gallic BRIEF ENCOUNTER. Beautifully acted! Intimate and persuasive! ... The chemistry between Ms. Devos and Mr. Byrne is heated in a sadder-but-wiser, grown-up way."The New York Times

"Emmanuelle Devos—pricky, vulnerable, maddening and touching—reigns supreme."The Village Voice

"Bracingly romantic."The Los Angeles Times

"A complex and pure character study."The Film Stage

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A film by Jerome Bonnel
Starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne

Select Accolades

  • 2013 Tribeca Film Festival
  • 2013 Chicago International Film Festival
  • 2013 Munich International Film Festival


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