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Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Les Amandiers Review

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2022 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 6 – Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers (aka Forever Young)

A decade after presenting A Castle in Italy (2013), Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi returns to the competition with Les Amandiers (Forever Young). Starring Louis Garrel as Patrice Chéreau and a slew of students lucky (or unlucky) to make it into the infamous school of actors in Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Alexia Chardard and Oscar Lesage, this is Bruni‑Tedeschi’s third trip to the fest as a director – she showcased 2007’s Actresses in the Un Certain Regard section. Having not seen that film – I wonder if both films speak to one another.

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Simply put this follows a group of students admitted into Patrice Chéreau’s Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre in the 1980s. Lots of close-up shots and drama in these young people’s lives.

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With a dozen critic scores coming in…we’re looking at a notch just below the average 3 mark.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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