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NOTHING TO DO

France, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Towering Over The Eiffel – New French Cinema)

Director: Marion Vernoux

Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far from each other in the corporate hierarchy. Unexpectedly laid off at the same time, they have a chance encounter in a local supermarket. They meet for coffee, chatting about this and that, eventually providing moral support for one another when they prepare for job interviews. Their days are filled with similar encounters until the situation changes gears. Although both appear happily married—Marie has two children, Pierre one—they become lost in moments of time. Growing attraction leads to the excitement of the illicit, giving way to the gnawing guilt as reality starts to settle in. The rhythms and routines of their growing attachment are wonderfully captured by both Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Patrick Dell'Isola. Vernoux has directed a small masterpiece of eloquent refinement, a rich study of two people who discover a new life.

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