2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2 Automnes, 3 Hivers)

Dir: Sebastien Betbeder (2013)

French cinema, like any other, needs a good “refresh” once in a while. Up and coming young director Sebastien Betbeder offers a 2013 take on the effervescence of the French new wave with this film described by Le Monde as “Discreet and charming”. Who are we to argue? Jonathan Romney describes the film as follows in his notes for the 2013 London Film Festival:

“Comic and tender in equal measure, this fresh, no-frills feature from up-and-coming writer-director Sébastien Betbeder is a comedy drama about love, chance and storytelling that gives the nouvelle vague an idiosyncratic 21st-century spin. Vincent Macaigne – fast becoming French indie cinema’s most wanted lead – plays the hirsute, self-effacing Arman, hoping to change his life at 33, when he literally bumps into Amélie (Maud Wyler) and never looks back. Similar changes are going on with Arman’s best friend, Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon), with whom he shares a passion for Judd Apatow movies. Irreverent cinephilia (there are nods to Bresson, Alain Tanner and LFF favourite Eugène Green) mixes with wistful romance and a fractured, self-conscious style that suggests a hip young Parisian novel making itself up, complete with chapter headings, as it goes along. Inarguably a guys’-eye view of life and love but also winning, literate and very distinctive.”


Director: Sebastien Betbeder

Year: 2013

Language: French (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 93 mins

Rating: M (Mature themes, course language and sexual references)

“★★★★★ A lighthearted homage to the films of Jean-Luc Godard and others... reminds you in a series of gentle nudges that whether you want it to or not, the future happens.”

- Steven Holden, New York Times, Critics’ Pick

“An extension of what Jean-Luc Godard did all those years ago...A film with wit, style and... real emotional power that deserves to be seen.”

- Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

“Extends tremendous compassion to all of its characters ...Though set in the present, the film strongly evokes the spirit and playfulness of the Nouvelle Vague”

- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice 

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