YOU DESERVE A LOVER
In this intimate, empathetic showcase for director and star Hafsia Herzi, a young Parisian navigates her newly single status and explores her sexual freedom.
Fraught with despair after learning that her live-in boyfriend Rémi (Jeremie Laheurte, PFF22’s Blue is the Warmest Color) has been cheating on her, Lila (Herzi) wants to move on but doesn’t know how. After Rémi skips town for a couple of weeks to “find himself” in Bolivia, she welcomes guidance from her best friend Ali (Djanis Bouzyani), and even agrees to let a new age love guru perform a ritual in her apartment to cleanse her space and mind. Feeling ready to explore her new independence, Lila goes on dates with a string of suitors, including a chatty male chauvinist, a liberal couple, and a handsome stranger at a party. A much quieter option is Charly (Anthony Bajon), who asks to take Lila’s portrait for his photography portfolio after he is struck by her resemblance to Frida Kahlo. With Rémi’s eventual return, Lila is faced with the painful realities of the breakup that is still not out of her system. Beautifully directed and acted by Herzi, this deeply personal and female-centric film focuses on the murky aftermath of a complicated loss and an earnest journey of self-discovery and healing.
CAST: DJANIS BOUZYANI, JEREMIE LAHEURTE, ANTHONY BAJON, SYLVIE VERHEYDE
In Competition: First Feature Award
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