french films > Sagan



cast: Sylvie Testud, Pierre Palmade, Jeanne Balibar, Arielle Dombasle

year: 2008

colour: yes


director: Diane Kurys

runtime: 120

Novelist Françoise Sagan, incarnated in a feisty performance by Sylvie Testud (nominated for Best Actress at the César 2009), had an angst-driven, jet-setter lifestyle. When she published Bonjour Tristesse - an existentialist-inspired treatise of Parisian teenage immorality - at the age of 18, she became an overnight cultural sensation, garnering a slew of prizes and catapulting to the top of the bestseller list. Her life afterward, which the film follows from the stardom year of 1954 to her death in 2004, is depicted as one long, intoxicated downhill ride, marked by scandals, arrests and the occasional drug overdose.


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