The marriage between furniture restorer Leila and artist Damien is, at its strongest, a febrile and thrillingly unpredictable thing. But passion and spontaneity starts to lose its charm when it accelerates into yet another of Damien’s spiralling bipolar episodes. Joachim Lafosse, a director who is particularly adept at teasing out the frictions and complicated dynamics in marriages in films like Our Children, After Love and Keep Going, delivers an impressively nuanced portrait of the three-way relationship between a man, a woman and his disease.
Filmed in some particularly blissful locations in rural Luxembourg and France, and unfolding in a world filled with art and beauty, The Restless is a film which goes to great lengths to flesh out the bond between Leila and Damien and to celebrate their unconventional, Bohemian existence.
Joachim Lafosse was born in 1975 in Belgium. His films were screened at festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, and Cannes. Restless is his third film presented at the Cannes Festival, the first that was in the competition program. The previous two, Private Lessons and After Love, were shown as part of the 15 Days of the Author program.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Cannes Film Festival 2021
César Awards, France 2022
International Film Festival of India 2021
Lumiere Awards, France 2022
Magritte Awards, Belgium 2022
THE RESTLESS (fic.)
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Damien Bonnard, Gabriel Merz Chammah
Production: Stenola Productions, Samsa Film, KG Productions
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