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Trailer: Cedric Kahn’s Les Regrets

My introduction to Cédric Kahn began with Roberto Succo (his fourth film which appeared at Cannes), but it is his follow up film Red Lights (a.k.a Feux Rouges) a dark thriller that brings Hitchcockian traits to the mundane existence had me doing cartwheels of cinephile joy.

My introduction to Cédric Kahn began with Roberto Succo (his fourth film which appeared at Cannes), but it is his follow up film Red Lights (a.k.a Feux Rouges) a dark thriller that brings Hitchcockian traits to the mundane existence had me doing cartwheels of cinephile joy. I still recall Jean-Pierre Darroussin’s character losing it over this extended telephone scene at a bar located in an off the beaten track village. Pure bliss.

I’m somewhat peeved that his latest film, which receives its theatrical debut in France on the 2nd of next month, has not been included as part of the film fests in Toronto or Venice. The Yvan Attal and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi merger in Les Regrets, sees a 40-something introvert Mathieu who enters into a second relationship with his high-school girlfriend, Maya – this after the death of his mother. The lovers who meet up again after a long separation and find out what their life might have been like had they stayed together. This is true French cinema working with a basic concept that if were set up as a North American project would be re-invented as a corny rom com.  

Any other Kahn fans out there?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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