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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #73. Axelle Ropert’s Petite Solange

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #73. Axelle Ropert’s Petite Solange

Petite Solange

For her fourth feature, writer/director Axelle Ropert will unleash Petite Solange, produced by Charlotte Vincent and lensed by Sebastien Buchmann (Alice and the Mayor, 2019). As usual, Ropert assembles an interesting cast with Lea Drucker (who won the Best Actress Cesar for Custody in 2019) and Philippe Katerine (who won the Best Supporting Cesar for Sink or Swim in 2019). They are joined by newcomer Jade Springer. Ropert is perhaps still best known for her screenplays of Serge Bozon’s last three films (La France; Tip Top; Mrs. Hyde), but her 2009 feature The Wolberg Family was programmed in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and her last film, 2016’s The Apple of My Eye competed in Locarno. Her latest was showcased at Locarno’s The Films After Tomorrow: International, is produced by Aurora Films, and is being sold by mk2 Films.

Gist: Springer stars as Solange, a sensitive 12-year-old whose world begins to implode when here parents begin divorce proceedings as she struggles with the reality of love sometimes reaching its inevitable end.

Release Date/Prediction: Ropert was in production right before the pandemic hit in February 2020. Her latest could be her first stint at Cannes in a decade, though likely in Un Certain Regard.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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