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Paris, 13th District Les Olympiades

Jacques Audiard / France / 2021 / 106 min / Mandarin Chinese, French

A black-and-white drama interweaving the stories of four single millennials, a group of Parisian multi-ethnic youngsters, whose seemingly fluid and almost interchangeable relationships mask real interpersonal handicaps.

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When Émilie, a telemarketer as bored with her job as she is with her life, puts an ad out for a roommate to move into her grandmother’s spacious apartment, she doesn’t expect Camille, a witty, hardworking English teacher who is decidedly not a woman. One thing leads to another, and Émilie and Camille start hooking up, but sex complicates the apartment dynamic irrevocably. Soon enough, Camille starts hooking up with Nora, a 33-year-old law student. Nora wears a blond wig to a student party only to be mistaken for a well-known cam girl named Amber Sweet. The ostracism and bullying by her classmates are almost too much to bear until Nora finds an unlikely supporter in the real Amber Sweet herself, whom she befriends over a series of paid video chats.

"Les Olympiades is the name of the high-rise apartment blocks in the 13th arrondissement of Paris where the action is mostly located – and the film is shot in an unsentimental black-and-white that never makes the city look beautiful in any nouvelle vague style. /.../ there is tremendous fluency and visual charge in Audiard’s filmmaking; he gets strongly engaged performances from his cast, and his storytelling has gusto. " (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Jacques Audiard
Born in 1952 in Paris into a family of filmmakers. His father is a renowned screenwriter and director Michel Audiard. He started out in the film industry as an editor and then began his career as a screenwriter. He has won a series of French and international awards, most notably the Golden Palm in Cannes for Dheepan and the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion for Best Director for The Sisters Brothers.  

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