REAL LOVE (C’est ça l’amour)
Los Angeles Premiere | France | 2019 | Drama | 98 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Claire Burger
Written by: Claire Burger
Cinematography: Julien Poupard
Film Editing: Laurent Sénéchal
Original Score: Julien Sicart
Produced by: Isabelle Madelaine (Dharamsala), Geneviève Lemal (Scope Pictures), Arte France Cinéma, Mars Films
Cast: Bouli Lanners (Mario), Justine Lacroix (Frida), Sarah Henochsberg (Niki), Cécile Remy-Boutang (Armelle), Antonia Buresi (Antonia), Célia Mayer (Alex)
International Sales: Indie Sales
Actor Bouli Lanners and debutants Sarah Henochsberg and Justine Lacroix deliver breathtaking performances in director Claire Burger’s exquisitely understated tale of familial love. An up-close-and-personal portrait of a taciturn, ham-fisted father struggling to raise two teenage daughters after his wife walks out on him, it’s also the story of a shell-shocked man grappling with the gaping wounds he has no idea how to heal, and trying to make sense of what has become of his life. Real Love displays fatherly love in all its heartfelt, imperfect glory, but also the complex, touching ways in which his daughters love him back… even when they may think they’re hating him.
After graduating from La Fémis film school as an editing major, writer-director-editor Claire Burger made her first short film, Forbach (2008), which she co-wrote and co-directed with Marie Amachoukeli and which won the Cinéfondation second prize at Cannes and the Grand Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. In 2009, she and Amachoukeli co-wrote and co-directed another short, It’s Free for Girls, which premiered as an official selection in the International Critics’ Week section at Cannes, then received a César Award for Best Short Film. In 2014, Burger, Amachoukeli and Samuel Theis co-wrote and co-directed their first feature, Party Girl, which Burger also co-edited. That film garnered both the Un Certain Regard Prix d’Ensemble and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. Burger’s first solo feature, Real Love snagged the Venice Days Award in Venice and three prizes at Les Arcs Festival of independent film — the Crystal Arrow, the Press Award, and the Best Actor prize, which went to the magnificent Bouli Lanners.
Presented in association with:
WIF (Women In Films)