Carrément à l'Ouest (2001)
aka: Freaky Love!
A film directed by Jacques Doillon

Genre: Drama

Film Review

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With Carrément à l'Ouest, director Jacques Doillon returns to a favourite theme of his, the myriad complexities of relationships between adolescents experiencing their first taste of romantic love. More than perhaps any other it is the subject which best defines Doillon's particular brand of realist cinema, and one in which he excels. Whilst Carrément à l'Ouest is certainly not the best example from the Doillon stable - it lacks the depth, artistic style and emotional force of some of his earlier achievements - it nonetheless succeeds in evoking the vulnerability and inconsistency of young men and women as they find their feet in the early stages of adulthood.

The film stars Lou Doillon, the daughter of Jacques Doillon and his wife Jane Birkin, and Caroline Ducey, the star of Catherine Breillat's controversial 1999 film Romance . The lead male role is played by Guillaume Saurrel in, surprisingly, his first film appearance. All three actors earn distinction for their convincing performances which are naturalistic to the extent that it's hard to believe most of the script wasn't improvised. At times, the story feels a little implausible and the pacing a tad leaden, but the sincerity and raw talent issuing from both sides of the camera makes it seductively easy to engage with this latest offering from one of France's most accomplished filmmakers.
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Film Credits

Directed by Jacques Doillon
Starring: Lou Doillon, Caroline Ducey, Guillaume Saurrel, Camille Clavel
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