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Abdellatif Kechiche - Mektoub, My Love: Canto uno

Venezia 74

France, Italy, Tunisia / 180’
language French
cast Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche, Lou Luttiau, Alexia Chardard, Hafsia Herzi, Kamel Saadi, Estefania Argelich
from the novel La blessure la vraie by François Bégaudeau
screenplay Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalya Lacroix
cinematographer Marco Graziaplena
editor Nathanaëlle Gerbeaux, Maria Giménez Cavallo
sound Hugo Rossi, Remi Durel, Julie Tribout, Jean-Paul Hurier
special effects Davide Leone


Amin, an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, returns home for the summer, to a fishing village in the South of France. It is a time of reconnecting with his family and his childhood friends. Together with his cousin Tony and his best friend Ophélie, he spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant run by his parents, the local bars and the beaches frequented by girls on holiday. Enchanted by the many female characters who surround him, Amin remains in awe of these summer sirens while his dionysian cousin throws himself into their carnal delights with euphoria. Armed with his camera and guided by the bright summer light of the Mediterranean coast, Amin pursues his philosophical quest while gathering inspiration for his screenplays. When it comes to love, only destiny, only mektoub can decide. This coming-of-age saga set in 1994 casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth.


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