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by Thomas Cailley


Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud’s summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn’t asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It’s a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both.

international title: Love At First Fight
original title: Les combattants
country: France
sales agent: Bac Films
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Thomas Cailley
film run: 100'
release date: FR 20/08/2014, BE 10/09/2014, IT 10/04/2015, DE 02/07/2015
screenplay: Thomas Cailley, Claude Le Pape
cast: Adèle Haenel, Kevin Azaïs
cinematography by: David Cailley
film editing: Lilian Corbeille
art director: Paul Chapelle
music: Hit'N'Run
producer: Pierre Guyard
production: Nord-Ouest Films, Appaloosa Films
backing: Canal+, Ciné+, CNC, Aquitaine region, Pyrénées Atlantiques, Sofica Cofimage
distributor: Haut et Court, Tiberius Film Gmbh, O'Brother, Surtsey Films


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2014Caméra d'Or, Director's Fortnight: Prix SACD, Art Cinema Award, Label Europa Cinema
Prix Louis Delluc 2014Louis Delluc Prize
Prix Lumières 2015Best Debut Film, Most Promising Actor (Kevin Azaïs)

César 2015


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