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Amanda

Panorama | Spotlight on France | High School Outreach

When his older sister Sandrine (Ophelia Kolb) dies in a Parisian terrorist attack, David (an irresistible Vincent Lacoste), an aimless, twenty-something slacker, takes on caregiving duties for his now-orphaned, seven-year-old niece Amanda (fresh-faced Isaure Multrier). Going against the grain of expectation for post-tragedy movies, Mikhaël Hers’ honest and tender humanist drama is a full-bodied study in coping - one that courts cliché at every turn, but never once falls prey to it.

Recalling the work of French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come, VIFF 16), particularly Father of My Children, Amanda has a keen feel for the rhythms of modern urban life: the innumerable mundane interactions that make up each day, and the deep currents of feeling that they conceal. Filled with bucolic, sun-dappled textures and plein air compositions, it’s a film comprised largely of grace notes - small, cherishable interactions observed with a rare unguardedness, intelligence, and empathy. With co-writer Maud Ameline, Hers has crafted an extremely relevant contemporary story that, remarkably, bears no trace of self-importance. Amidst the aftershocks of senseless tragedy, life goes on.

"A quietly moving celebration of human resilience." - Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Grand Prix, Best Screenplay, Tokyo 18


Director Mikhaël Hers
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2018
Running Time: 107 mins
Classification: PG - coarse language; nudity
Language:In French with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer | Review
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin, Ophélia Kolb, Marianne Basler, Jonathan Cohen, Greta Scacchi
Executive Producer: Eve François-Machuel
Producer: Pierre Guyard
Screenwriter: Mikhaël Hers, Maud Ameline
Cinematographer: Sébastien Buchmann
Editor: Marion Monnier
Music: Anton Sanko
Production Company: Nord-Ouest Films, Arte France Cinéma
Distributor: MK2 Mile End

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