Wednesday, February 15, 2023

French Movie Mercredi: Zero F***s Given (2022)


Zero F***s Given. 2022. Directed by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos.

Rien à Foutre or Zero F***s Given is a 2022 film about Cassandre, a flight attendant on a mid-range airline based in Brussels who is just trying to make a go of life. The film depicts her ups and downs, her daily challenges and her longer term efforts to make something out of her life as she self-sabotages again and again. It reminded me a lot of what it was like to be a young person stuck in a depressing loop of work and more work with no real way out.

Cassandre is a pretty average 20-something more ore less on her own and working in a demanding and often degrading profession. She's just about treading water most of the time- neither successful nor failing. She's not sure what she wants beyond just getting from one day to the next.

Exarchopoulos, whom you might remember from Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) is charismatic even when her affect is flat and her character seems disconnected from what's happening to her. She portrays an alienated young woman very convincingly. When Cassandre's life comes to a crossroads, she must face some things she'd been avoiding and come to terms with a tragedy that's haunting her.

I liked this movie a lot even though it was pretty light on plot and action. It was a very absorbing character study whose dramas are quiet and very true to life. It could be a Sunday morning movie but not really in the feel-good sense. Maybe a Saturday afternoon movie, something to pass a lazy day or a quiet evening.

Currently available to stream on multiple platforms.

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