Fifth about The Seventh

Anaïs in Love (Les Amours d’Anaïs)

Anaïs in Love: Anaïs, the protagonist of Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s film certainly is a ball of hyperactivity; she is also nearly insufferable. The character’s many quirks are dull, and her complete disregard for any kind of commitment (relationship or otherwise) simply makes her annoying and hard to care for. Anaïs Demoustier deserves praise for creating such an unpleasant character, for running a lot, and for looking appealing on a purely animal level as she does so in a variety of summer dresses. Denis Podalydès (as her older lover) and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (as his girlfriend who the protagonist falls for) are both efficient but very far from memorable. Cinematographer Noé Bach’s work gives the film an attractive, solar palette and his dynamic camera, always trying to keep pace with Anaïs, makes thematic sense.

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