Spring Blossom

Seize printemps

France 2020
In French, with English subtitles
73 min
Suitable for all audiences
Director: Suzanne Lindon
Screenplay: Suzanne Lindon
Cast: Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Florence Viala, Rebecca Marder
Production: Caroline Bonmarchand / Avenue B Productions
Print Source: Edge Entertainment

In Spring Blossom, the director Suzanne Lindon, who wrote the film when she was 15 and directed it when she was 20, plays “Suzanne”, a student from a loving, affluent Parisian family. She doesn’t lack friends, but she is bored with her immature peer group. On her walk to school every day she starts to notice Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), a handsome, 35-year-old actor performing at the local theatre. He also seems bored. Suzanne becomes curious, and the two draw closer. As much as Suzanne is mature beyond her years, Raphael seems somewhat immature – even ordering the same sugary soft drink as her at cafes. Is it possible for these two to meet somewhere in the middle?

Steve Rose, The Guardian