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August 15, 2018


(Dir. Valèrie Massadian, 2017)

Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical presentation!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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In a  delicate, even generous manner, Valérie Massadian’s new film begins as a  story of two young lovers’ life on the fringes before shifting towards  one of recent cinema’s finest depictions of motherhood. Milla and Leo  live clandestinely, their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by  a love for which there is neither a logic nor substitute. But such an  existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is  there to go in its wake? Milla considers every dimension of love, loyalty, and grief through a poetic,  startling vision that recalls the likes of Barbara Loden and Chantal  Akerman while remaining without precedent. (Grasshopper)

Beautifully observed... Poised intriguingly between realism and stylized lyricism.

- Richard Porton and Shaista Husain, Cineaste

A stunning portrait of the quotidian nature of life and how it gives birth to more staggering moments. Cinema as humanity.

- Willow Maclay, The Film Stage

In  Massadian's hands, the minor and the major are one and the same...  Concerned with establishing an atmosphere of intimacy and empathy, which  grows in intensity to an almost unbearable degree as the film moves  toward its finale.

- James Lattimer, The House Next Door

Every  framed shot in the film is masterful, vital and rich in significance,  giving the film both a strength and unexpected power. Rich in  extraordinary narrative talent and an elegant direction of actors. A  film that transforms the harshness of youth into something sublime.

- Muriel Del Don, Cineruopa

Steely,  sinewy, divergent, reactive, propulsive, frequently beautiful and  contemplative. Pulsing with a life force whose energy oscillates between  Fréhel and the Violent Femmes, Massadian's film accrues in weight and  meaning by way of intuition, tension, contradiction, and counter-rhythm.

- Andréa Picard, Cinema Scope

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