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Anaïs in Love(Les amours d'Anaïs)

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France
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2021

1h 38m

Director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet
Starring Anaïs Demoustier, Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi, Denis Podalydès, Grégoire Oestermann
Genre Romance
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30-year-old Anaïs begins dating an older intellectual, but soon finds herself drawn to his beautiful and fascinating wife. Anaïs falls head over heels, and must navigate a new and complicated relationship with ambiguous emotional bounds.

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CRAIG NOVA Profile picture for CRAIG NOVA

Imitative fallacy at best, incoherent at worst and a lot of it is incoherent…

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Paste Magazine by

The film’s narrative structure is as aimless as its lead, and it hangs onto her every whim; few obstacles are placed in Anaïs’ way, leaving the stakes low and little room for doubt. For those who enjoy watching a protagonist effortlessly get what she wants, Anaïs in Love is a breezy ride.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Anaïs isn’t so different in the wonderfully surprising last shot than she is in the first, but at last we can see that she’s having the time of her life.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Some might wonder what Anaïs in Love really has to say for itself; the film, perhaps, objects to the idea of young women like its cheerfully confused heroine having to explain themselves at all. Either way, this zephyr-blown dandelion of a movie isn’t going to break a sweat to get its message across.
67

The A.V. Club by Jordan Hoffman

While this is hardly Exhibit A in any catalogue of feminist films, it is very much told through the young woman exploring romantic possibility, rather than spotlighting her.
85

TheWrap by Katie Walsh

Bourgeois-Tacquet’s script is loaded with witty bon mots and carefully-constructed insights.
80

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

What took a while to grasp is that it isn’t necessary to like Anaïs. What’s crucial is that you stick with her, that you listen to what she says and doesn’t say, that you look beneath the skittishness to get a handle on what drives this woman — that you see her for who she is.
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The Film Stage by Mitchell Beaupre

There’s something unexpected about the way Anaïs in Love pulls you in, with its airiness making it exactly the right film to watch at this moment as the sundresses are coming out and few things feel better than reading a good book in the grass. Some movies just feel like spring; Anaïs in Love is certainly one.
80

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Like any craftily layered confection, what at first presents itself as colorfully whipped reveals itself to be a more tangy, lasting bite.
63

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s not a bon bon or a comic delight. But Bourgeois-Tacquet and her muse Demoustier give coquettes, gamines and manic pixie dream girls (a Hollywood staple) the kind of butt-kicking all those people who misguidedly hated poor Amelie for decades ago longed for.

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