How cute Anaïs Demoustier is in The Loves of Anaïs, first feature film by
Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet. The actress, winner of a César in 2019 for Alice and the mayor by Nicolas Pariser, seduced in this light comedy discovered at the Critics’ Week in Cannes then presented at the Angoulême Festival before being released in theaters this Wednesday.
“The character is called Anaïs as he could have been called Charline,” explains the director in the press kit. It’s her without being her, it’s me without being me, but it’s undoubtedly (and among others) a mixture of her and me! The Anaïs of the film lives at full speed, carrying in its wake the hearts of an editor played by Denis Podalydès and his wife played by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi.
Softness, tenderness and sensuality
“It’s a tender comedy about a thirty-something today,” explained to 20 minutes, Denis Podalydès during his stint as a juror at the Deauville Festival. Although not from the same generation, I can understand his energy and that of this romantic fantasy. The actor is more understanding than the character he plays, green with jealousy to see his mistress and his wife fall in love with each other.
There is a lot of sweetness, tenderness and sensuality in The Loves of Anaïs. This fable explores desire in what it has most mysterious with an energy in tune with that of its heroine. Anaïs devours the pleasures of life without wanting to give up anything. His iron will when it comes to satisfying his desires thumbs his nose at both the patriarchy and the Puritan spirits who would like to muzzle his volcanic temperament. We love Anaïs and all her loves.