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Maria Monge’s Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) | 2018 Cannes Film Festival

Where Maria Monge‘s Treat Me Like Fire excels is in abiding by a frenetic fuelled street film that is more steeped in fantasy, than reality. The French title of Joueurs actually translates into the accurate and assertive double definition word “players” – which states rapport between gambling and the tempting fate or and the relationship between the cartoonish characters of Stacy Martin and Tahar Rahim. A directorial debut for Monge, the Lady and the Trump pairing atmospherically recalls of misfits and mood in Safdie Bros.’ Good Time. We were on hand for the world premiere screening in the morning at the Directors’ Fortnight.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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