Dear Léa: A virtuoso variation around the rupture [critique]

What should we do when we still love and the other no longer loves? A new summit of delicacy signed Jérôme Bonnell

Delicacy is the watchword of Jérôme Bonnell’s cinema. This Dear Lea is in line with I’m waiting for someone and Adventure time, always with this ease to explore the torments of love, the moments when hearts are racing like those when passion is no longer experienced in the same way by both concerned. Dear Lea lasts a day and its title echoes what constitutes the backbone of the story, this letter – with mysterious content – that his hero Jonas (Gregory Montel) writes to the one who left him (Anaïs Demoustier), tired that he constantly postpones the moment when he was going to leave his wife for her. Dear Lea tells of the impossibility of saying goodbye and even more goodbye when one loves and the other no longer loves. The inability to bear that the loved one can love another. Poorly controlled outbursts. Statements that are no longer useful since the flame has long been extinguished. Most of the film takes place in a café, the one in front of Léa’s building, where Jonas has settled down to write his letter, pushing aside the appointments of his day one by one, under the intrigued and warm gaze. the owner of the place (Grégory Gadebois). We think a lot about A family resemblance in this capacity to take over a place like a small theater with its colorful characters, each of whom feeds the main story, in small never overwhelming touches. Jérôme Bonnell shows himself here just as true in the comedy as in the pure emotion. Delicacy made a filmmaker, we tell you

By Jérôme Bonnell. With Gregory Montel, Anaïs Demoustier, Grégory Gadebois… Duration: 1h30. Release on December 15, 2021

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