In a time of dramatic change, World War I veteran Raphaël returns to his village in rural France to find his wife has died and left him to raise Juliette, the daughter he never knew existed. Along with her maternal caretaker, who offers Raphaël housing and work, the trio assumes the form of an unconventional family. However, when a magician foretells that scarlet sails will one day carry Juliette far away from the village, she spends the next decade entranced by the prophecy. While both father and daughter are unwilling recluses in a hostile community, the film captures the quiet tenderness that permeates the relationship and allows it to evolve beyond their small town. Director Pietro Marcello’s (Martin Eden) feature French debut radiates an enchanting tone that will resonate with those who dream of a better future.
“A daydream believer makes her own magic in lovely French romance” -Variety, Peter Debruge
Sunday, November 6
Violet Crown 4