Fifth about The Seventh

2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2 Automnes 3 Hivers)

2 Autumns, 3 Winters: the love story told by Sébastien Betbeder in this film is, for the most part, pretty conventional: boy meets girl and they eventually enter a relationship with highs and lows. The film’s structure, however, is anything but: turning the traditional idea of “show, don’t tell” on its ear, the film has its characters narrating their story, often directly to the camera. It also takes some eventual detours, chronicling the romantic stories of supporting characters. It takes some adjusting, but the narration gives the characters an additional chance to react emotionally to the story. Vincent Macaigne, messy hair and all, has an awkward charm that is perfect for the character, and he emotes well during all the ups and downs. So does Maud Wyler, as his most enchanting love interest. Bastien Bouillon, his best friend, is a bit stiffer, but that is not unjustified. Cinematographer Sylvain Verdet mixes stocks, but his images have magical intimacy to them. Editor Julie Dupré makes the playful structure work.

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