LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT

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Madeleine (Adèle Haenel) be­lieves that hu­mans are headed for ex­tinc­tion and drops out of univer­sity so she can learn some­thing more use­ful — to sur­vive. To this end, she signs up for a train­ing camp for an elite army unit. Be­fore her de­par­ture, she makes an im­pres­sion on a young man Ar­naud (Kévin Azaïs) who is back home to help his brother run their de­ceased fa­ther’s car­pen­try busi­ness. The film treads a nice bal­ance be­tween drama and hu­mor, and it fo­cuses on the sen­si­tiv­ity of young peo­ple rather than treat­ing them, more con­ven­tion­ally, as clue­less an­i­mals. It won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. Not rated. 98 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Priyanka Ku­mar)

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