THE DAZZLED (LES ÉBLOUIS)
International Premiere | France | 2019 | Drama | 99 min | In French with English subtitles
Directed by: Sarah Suco
Written by: Sarah Suco, Nicolas Silhol
Cinematography: Yves Angelo
Film Editing: Catherine Schwartz
Original Score: Laurent Perez Del Mar
Produced by: Dominique Besnehard, Michel Feller, Antoine Le Carpentier (Mon Voisin Productions), Fréderic Brillion (Epithète Films), France 3 Cinéma
Cast: Camille Cottin (the mother), Céleste Brunnquell (Camille), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (the priest), Eric Caravaca (the father), Spencer Bogaert (Boris)
International Sales: Pyramide International
When we first meet 12-year-old Camille, she herself is a dazzling sight — all aglitter, hanging from ropes, tumbling and twirling high over the heads of the audience below. She is clearly the star acrobat at her circus school. But her world is turned upside-down when her parents are bedazzled by a local priest everyone calls “the Shepherd.” The entire family joins his flock, moving into a closed Catholic community, where Camille’s beloved creative outlet is suddenly called into question. She struggles with her yearning for independence and begins to question her own judgement. But in her heart, she knows something is awry.
Writer-director Sarah Suco began her career as an actress, joining the esteemed Troupe à Palmade in 2011, and performing and co-writing plays at the Comédie de Paris. She has appeared in numerous films, including Louis-Julien Petit’s Discount (2014) and Les Invisibles (2018), Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (2015), Marilou Berry’s Josephine, Pregnant & Fabulous (2016), Agnès Jaoui’s Place publique (2018), Alex Luz’s Guy (2018), and Julien Hallard’s Let the Girls Play (COLCOA 2018). She also had a recurring role on the TV series Like-moi ! Suco’s first short film as writer-director, Our Children (2017), was enthusiastically received at COLCOA in 2018. The Dazzled, which is based on a true story, is her feature directorial debut.
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