DFT @ Home | Spring Blossom
(France/2020—directed by Suzanne Lindon)
Suzanne (played with marvelous freshness by writer and director Suzanne Lindon) is a 16-year-old Parisian girl who appears to live in a charmed and privileged world, yet the everyday monotony of school and routines with friends feel uninspired. On the verge of adulthood, her inner world brews with fantasy – her longing for romance and adventure are undeniable. Passing a theatre on her way to class, Suzanne notices a 35-year-old actor named Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), who turns out to be wrestling with his own frustrations while preparing for a part.
Despite their age difference, Suzanne and Raphaël’s new friendship provides an unexpected respite from their lackadaisical routines, yet Suzanne is soon balancing a fine line between innocence and action as she contemplates the hazards of blossoming too quickly. Lindon wrote the script when she was 15; now 20 years old, she stars in and directs this engaging portrait of a young woman who gets swept away without losing herself.
Bursting with detail, visual sophistication and a charm that is uniquely French, Lindon’s compact debut feature is both exhilarating and wholly universal. Official Selection, Cannes, Chicago, and Toronto Film Festivals. In French with English subtitles. (73 minutes)
“A portrait of first love which is fresh, honest and engaging.” -Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
“Brisk and entertaining! Suzanne Lindon is an undeniable talent, and with Spring Blossom she’s created a genuinely involving slice-of-life tale.” -Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage
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