A young girl who is well: the revelation Rebecca Marder [critique]

Sandrine Kiberlain has made an exciting directorial debut in a film enhanced by the passionate interpretation of the young resident of the Comédie Française.

A young girl who is well is a film that holds the viewer in high esteem. It doesn’t give itself away in its opening minutes, takes time to lay out its characters, plot and context. He gradually becomes part of an era but never locks himself in it, as Audrey Diwan also knew how to do so well in The Event. However, this period is by no means anecdotal. Its action takes place in fact during the summer of 1942 in Paris in the midst of the irresistible rise of Nazism and its heroine is a 19-year-old Jewish teenager who nevertheless intends to give up none of her freedoms and her passions: to live fully the first great love of her life as her desire to become an actress.


By refusing any historical reconstruction through a fascinating work on the off-screen which gradually melts on her characters, Sandrine Kiberlain superbly recounts the carelessness of youth ready to overthrow all obstacles and refusing to offer their anxieties, their tears, his rage against so much injustice to this enemy whose triumph nevertheless seems inevitable. But she also celebrates this idea that we feel in her heart that art can transcend everything, eras like the most unbearable tragedies. And she does it by signing both an initiatory story overflowing with energy and the poignant portrait of a family united against winds and tides. With at the heart of this vibrant balance, Rebecca Marder, a breathtaking actress, whose intensity, comic vista, cinematography and depth are a delight at every moment.

By Sandrine Kiberlain. With Rebecca Marder, André Marcon, Anthony Bajon. Duration: 1h38. Released January 26, 2022

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