Macadam Stories (Asphalte)

Dir: Samuel Benchetrit (2015)

A building in a housing project in Paris. One broken-down elevator. Three encounters between six characters.

In the strange beauty of a cold urban landscape, a stingy old man in a wheelchair goes on a moonlight escapade to meet a lonely night nurse. A troubled actress in decline sparks the fascination of a latchkey teen. And an American astronaut jettisoned from space onto a high-rise rooftop is taken in by a doting mother who speaks no English.

The extraordinary encounters that can be found within ordinary moments drive this darkly humorous story by director Samuel Benchetrit (I Always Wanted to be a Gangster, 2007), as the lonely existances of six solitary people give rise to surprising moments of compassion and intimacy.



Director: Samuel Benchetrit

Year: 2015

Language: French (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 100 mins

Rating: M (Course language)

“A quirky and endearing urban dramedy...both amusing and tender...Public housing has rarely seemed so playful...”

- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"A wonderfully surreal, funny, human drama...a true celebration of the odd and eccentric...full of deadpan humour”

- French Cinema Review

“[Benchetrit] has consistently proved himself a master of visual humour.”

- Thomas Humphrey, Cineuropa

“Presents a gentle cross-section of life in public housing

- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

 "A great film, funny and always offbeat"

- Le Nouvel Observatuer

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