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Maid in Paris: Music Box Films Works Overtime for Eric Gravel’s “Full-Time“

Maid in Paris: Music Box Films Works Overtime for Eric Gravel’s “Full-Time“

France’s pick to represent the country at the Oscars is in, but Music Box Films had gone ahead and landed the well-received Venice title from ’21 nonetheless. Eric Gravel’s À plein temps (aka Full Time) landed the Best Director and Best Actress awards in the Horizons section and further cemented that Laure Calamy is having a definite turning moment in her career. The distrib are planning a 2023 release. Calamy just returned from the same Venice sidebar with The Origin of Evil – which also preemed in Toronto.

This is about a single mother (Calamy) who goes to great lengths to raise her two children in the suburbs while holding down a demanding job as head chambermaid in a Parisian luxury hotel. When she finally gets a job interview for another position she had long been hoping for, a national strike breaks out, paralyzing the public transport system. The fragile balance that Julie has established is jeopardized. Julie then sets off on a frantic race against time while juggling a reluctant babysitter, hostile co-workers, unreliable trains, a broken boiler, and a host of other mundane obstacles that collectively accrue unstoppable force.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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