Love keeps boat afloat

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THIS rough’n’ready ro­man­tic drama serves as a wel­come an­ti­dote to the fluffier French fare that wafts into our cin­e­mas on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

At just 27, An­gele ( Clotilde Hesme, pic­tured) is a woman with quite a past and not much of a fu­ture.

Whether through force of habit or in search of an in­ti­macy she is yet to find, An­gele reg­u­larly hooks up with men she finds in ‘‘ per­sonal’’ ad­ver­tise­ments.

The tal­ent pool in her Nor­mandy fish­ing vil­lage is fairly shal­low, to say the least. So when An­gele meets Tony ( Gre­gory Gade­bois), a rugged boat­man well into his 40s, this lonely lady makes an ag­gres­sive play for her po­ten­tial new beau.

The pair are an odd cou­ple, and not purely be­cause of the age dif­fer­ence or their po­lar-op­po­site per­son­al­i­ties. No, there is some­thing dis­tinctly amiss with their slow­burn­ing courtship, which be­comes all the more un­gainly when Tony of­fers An­gele a job out on the bay.

Debu­tante writer-di­rec­tor Alix De­laporte keeps our eyes fixed firmly on the ti­tle char­ac­ters, re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion about what might be keep­ing them to­gether on a teas­ingly se­lec­tive ba­sis.

De­laporte’s el­lip­ti­cal ways of get­ting to the point might bring the worst out of im­pa­tient view­ers.

How­ever, the time and space she af­fords her lead­ing ac­tors – both of whom in­habit their roles with ad­mirable con­vic­tion – pays off in mov­ing fash­ion by the film’s end. DI­REC­TOR J. J. Abrams loves sur­prises. So much so that Para­mount, the stu­dio be­hind his lat­est movie, the se­crecy-shrouded Su­per 8, just about had to wres­tle ad­vance footage out of his hands and twist his arm to start talk­ing about it.

An orig­i­nal movie is some­thing of a rar­ity in block­buster sea­son, which this year is dom­i­nated by se­quels and su­per­heroes.

But de­spite hav­ing Steven Spiel­berg on board as a co-pro­ducer, not to men­tion his own im­pres­sive track record with TV shows Alias and Lost plus Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 3 and the Star Trek re­boot on the big screen, Abrams re­alised Su­per 8 might need a bit of a leg-up.

Speak­ing from Los An­ge­les, the wri­ter­di­rec­tor ( pic­tured left) says he isn’t be­ing pre­cious, he just misses the good old days when au­di­ences could walk into a film know­ing next to noth­ing about it.

A vo­ra­cious movie fan as a child, he re­garded cin­ema vis­its as ‘‘ an ex­pe­ri­ence of dis­cov­ery’’ and laments that web­sites, mag­a­zines, TV shows and trail­ers have all con­spired to strip that ex­pe­ri­ence of some of its magic.

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