Fuck It: An Exciting Generational Film [critique]

Adèle Exarchopoulos in existential crisis behind the scenes of low-cost aviation. Portrait of a generation stuck in a perpetual present.

Cassandre, 26, a stewardess in a low-cost company, lives day by day to the rhythm of flights, stopovers, forced smiles at passengers, drunken nightclubs and Tinder dates. one night. A daily life without a past and without a future, a perpetual headlong rush that could easily be mistaken for a general anaesthetic. I don’t give a fuck, so. Very nice film title – which works just as well in English: Zero Fucks Given – for this first feature by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre.

From the less than cheerful backstage of low-cost aviation (which has never been filmed so crudely), the duo paints a funny and melancholic generational portrait, built on a production bordering on documentary (many improvisations and of non-professional actors). Effective process that does justice to the impressive work of Adèle Exarchopoulos, as if immersed in her inner world, embodying the bubbling of an existential crisis. Each smile or hesitation is one more clue in trying to unravel the mystery of Cassandra, meaningless and having given up almost everything. The film could (should?) have stopped there, but the young woman will soon be overtaken by the patrol in a much more conventional second part, where an original trauma that we would have gladly done without is revealed. Nothing to give a damn, or almost: the final shot, sunny and clever in its framing, easily makes up for these few errors in the course.

Of Emmanuel Marre, Julie Lecoustre With Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alexandre Perrier, Mara Taquin… Duration 1 h 52. Released March 2, 2022

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