Film Reviews

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Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Anaïs Demoustier in Anaïs in Love

There are shades of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie and Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World in first-time writer and director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s unpredictable romantic comedy Anaïs in Love.

It follows the titular Parisian (Anaïs Demoustier), a restive 30-year-old Master’s student with no thesis, no money, and lately no husband, having decided she didn’t want to divorce Raoul (Christophe Montenez) but could no longer stand living with him. Less coming-of-age than coming-to-terms, this buoyant film ...