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Almost Friends (On a failli être amies)

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21 May - 3 Jun

Actress-turned-director Anne Le Ny (The Intouchables) directs two of contemporary French cinema’s most acclaimed actors – The Belier Family’s Karin Viard and Just A Sigh’s Emmanuelle Devos – in a romantic comedy with some surprising plot twists and turns.

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  • Despite being married to a Michelin-rated chef and managing front of house duties in an acclaimed restaurant located in picturesque Orleans, on the Loire River, Carole (Devos) feels unfulfilled professionally and, truth be told, personally. She secretly signs up for a course at an adult training centre where a driven course counsellor, Marithe (Viard), takes a particular interest in her case.    

    “Devos…and Viard…team up on-screen for the very first time and have terrific chemistry as two women who want more out of life in the workplace and the bedroom but are unsure how to obtain it and tentatively bond over their desire for change [in] a well-observed and written drama leavened with touching asides and comedic moments…Sandwiched between the leading ladies and their beguiling and nuanced performances, Roschdy Zem (Days of Glory) impressively holds his own…” The Hollywood Reporter