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From the Distrib Films Collection
Just a Sigh
A film by Jérôme Bonnel
Starring Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne
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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 Jérôme Bonnell (LE CHIGNON D'OLGA) tells a real-time story with a particular sense for detail. Reminiscent of François 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

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

105 minutes / color
French with English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2013
DVD Sale: $26.98

Subject areas:
Distrib Films Collection, France, Narrative, Romance

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