Teenage years on the big screen
by Fabien Lemercier
- A breath of fresh air breezes into French cinemas with the releases of Lou! Journal infime, Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone and the much-hyped Mommy
While attendance levels witnessed a slowdown in September (-7.3% compared to the same month last year) – which nevertheless has not prevented the running total for 2014 from skyrocketing to +12.8%, standing at 151,64 million admissions, according to the CNC’s estimates – this Wednesday sees the release of two French films that are aimed at younger audiences (and will possibly attract others if they’re lucky). It remains to be seen whether they will succeed in pulling in the viewers in the face of the overwhelming media coverage accompanying the release of Mommy by Canadian director Xavier Dolan (the winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and distributed by Diaphana across 314 screens).
Adapted from a popular comic book by its very creator, Lou! Journal infime [+see also:
film profile] by Julien Neel (read the article) is being brought out by StudioCanal in 356 cinemas, while Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone [+see also:
film profile] (read the article – distributed by Pathé) is Sylvie Ohayon’s adaptation of her own novel. These are two features that are by no means lacking in quality, and thus their box-office performances will be interesting to analyse against a backdrop of the growing trend towards adaptations and the tendency for creators from other artistic domains to jump behind the camera.
Also of note are the releases of the documentary National Gallery [+see also:
film profile] by Frederick Wiseman (revealed at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight – Sophie Dulac Distribution) and a new exploratory film by Alain Cavalier: Paradise (distributed by Pathé).
(Translated from French)