- Claire Denis
- Isaach de Bankolé, Giulia Boschi
Based partly on her childhood experiences in Cameroon, Denis’s acclaimed first film centers on a young French girl; her colonial-official father; her beautiful, restless mother; and their handsome house servant Protée (de Bankolé). The film’s most remarkable passages deal with the unacknowledged sexual tension between Protée and his mistress, and with the special companionship between Protée and the young girl. A grounded airplane brings a group of outsiders who upset the household’s precarious equilibrium. “A film of infinite delicacy.” (Roger Ebert) In French and English.