European Ennui

European Ennui

Films by Jean-Paul Civeyrac, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Ursula Meier depict adolescent ennui with a European edge.

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European Ennui
  • A Paris Education

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    Jean Paul Civeyrac • France • 2018• A portrait of the hedonism and disillusion of youth.

    Étienne leaves his working-class existence in Lyon for Paris, where he dreams of becoming an auteur. Here he quickly falls in with a new crowd, passing his days with fellow filmmaking stud...

  • Breathing

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    Karl Markovics • 2011 • Austria • Upon leaving juvenile detention, Roman gets a job at the morgue.

    Roman Kogler is a nineteen-year-old living in a juvenile detention center outside Vienna. With it the prospect of life outside for the first time in his adult existence, he gets a po...

  • Dogtooth

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    Yorgos Lanthimos • Greece • 2005 • An astonishing portrait of one of cinema's strangest families.

    A handsome, well-manicured estate in the Greek countryside. A wealthy businessman lives here with his wife and three grown children, all in their twenties. They are ostensibly an or...

  • Hemel

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    Sacha Polak • 2012 • Netherlands • A study of desire and sexuality told from a female perspective.

    Hemel is a promiscuous young woman living in the Netherlands, her life governed almost exclusively by the pursuit of one night stands. Her father's increasingly serious relationship...

  • Porto

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    Gabe Klinger • Portugal, U.S., France, Poland • 2017 • Nostalgia and love in a European city.

    Jake is an American adrift in Porto, the ancient Portuguese city. Exiled from his family and with no clear direction in life, Jake wanders the tiny streets and back-alleys looking for som...

  • Sister

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    Ursula Meier • 2012 • Switzerland • A ski resort drama with a powerful performance by Léa Seydoux.

    At the very edge of adolescence, Simon lives with his sister Louise in a Swiss valley beneath a large mountain range. Each day he makes the commute to a luxury ski resort at altitud...