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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2013: Katell Quillévéré’s Suzanne

Suzanne – Katell Quillévéré

Section: Critics’ Week

Buzz: I know her debut feature, Love Like Poison, left a lot to be desired for many, but based solely on the strength of her short film With All My Might, Quillévéré deserves at least three strikes before being ousted from the ‘must see whatever she does’ list. Critics Week opening films actually have a fairly solid track record, so look for this to potentially be one of this year’s out-of-nowhere breakout hits.

The Gist: Suzanne and Maria are sisters who are extremely close. They have a happy childhood despite the absence of their mother, who passed away when they were still little girls. Nicolas, their, at times clumsy, but loving father runs the household the very best he can, until the day that Suzanne gets pregnant. Little Charly arrives and the family gets bigger. Years go by, Suzanne meets Julien, a bit of a bad boy, and they fall hopelessly in love… She runs away with him abandoning everyone and leaving everything behind.

Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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