Mes séances de lutte (2013)
aka: Love Battles
A film directed by Jacques Doillon

Genre: Comedy / Drama


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A young woman takes advantage of her father's funeral to look for a neighbour she was once friendly with and discover why she put an end to their amorous liaison several months previously. They meet up and replay their earlier love scenes. As they get to know one another for a second time it appears that they are being drawn into a kind of war, a war consisting of recurrent battles in which they test their feelings and decide whether what they feel for one another is indeed love...
© 2013

Film Review

Mes séances de lutte is a French film drama first released in Taiwan on 13th September 2013, directed by Jacques Doillon. The film stars Sara Forestier, James Thiérrée, Louise Szpindel, Mahault Mollaret and Bill Leyshon. It has also been released under the title: Love Battles.   It is a Doillon et Compagnie production, produced by Daniel Marquet and distributed by Adopt Films.  

Other recommended films that have been directed by Jacques Doillon include: L'An 01 (1973), La Drôlesse (1979), Le Petit criminel (1990) and Ponette (1996). The actor Sara Forestier has also appeared in: Les Fantômes de Louba (2001), L'Esquive (2003), Victor (2009) and Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque (2010).

Other comedy/drama films of the 2010s from France that are worth watching include: Christophe Honoré's Les Bien-aimés (2011), Bertrand Blier's Le Bruit des glaçons (2010), Valérie Donzelli's La Guerre est déclarée (2011), Pascal Rabaté's Les Petits ruisseaux (2010) and Céline Sciamma's Tomboy (2011).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Jacques Doillon
  • Script: Jacques Doillon
  • Photo: Laurent Chalet, Laurent Fenart
  • Cast: Sara Forestier (Elle), James Thiérrée (Lui), Louise Szpindel (La soeur), Mahault Mollaret (La copine), Bill Leyshon (L'accordeur)
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 99 min
  • Aka: Love Battles
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