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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Nicole Garcia’s He Left On Sunday

#63. Nicole Garcia’s He Left On Sunday

Gist: Il est parti dimanche takes place during the weekend of Pentecost, a teacher in the South of France unexpectedly is charged with taking care of a student left behind by a forgetful father. On a beach near Montepellier, a woman named Sandra, who wants to win back her son’s affections due to herself being a forgetful mother, invites the teacher and his student to her home.

Predictions: For her seventh feature as director, we’re predicting an Un Certain Regard slot for He Left on Sunday. Garcia’s played the Main Comp in 2002 and 2006 (The Adversary; Charlie Says), and while she’s certainly among the most notable actress/directors, she may be edged out of the entering the Main Comp this year. However, the film is headlined by Louise Bourgoin (see pic above), whose filmography is fast proving her to be more than a beautiful face, as well as Garcia’s son with Jean Rochefort, Pierre. And it doesn’t hurt that infrequently working legend Dominique Sanda is involved, who was last seen in a supporting turn in 2007’s Suster N.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is'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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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