Original Name: Mes Provinciales
English Name: A Paris Education
Run time: 137'
Type (Colour/ Black & White):Black And White
Director: Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Producer: Frédéric Niedermayer, Michèle Pétin, Laurent Pétin
Cast: Andranic Manet, Corentin Fila, Gonzague Van Bervesselès
Screenplay: Jean Paul Civeyrac
Cinematographer: Pierre-Hubert Martin
Editor: Louise Narboni
Sound Designer: François Méreu
Costume Designer: Claire Dubien
Production Designer: Brigitte Brassart
Production Company: Moby Dick Films
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Born in 1964, Jean Paul Civeyrac graduated in philosophy from the University of Lyon before studying film at La Fémis in Paris. La vie selon Luc (1991), the short feature he made there was selected in competition at Cannes. In 1996, he shot his debut feature, Neither Eve nor Adam. His films include All The Fine Promises (Jean Vigo Prize,2003), Young Girls in Black (Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2010). Alongside his work as a filmmaker, Jean Paul has taught at La Fémis, Paris VIII University and Cours Florent drama school. He is also a published author, and renowned critique.
Etienne moves to Paris from Lyon to study film directing at the Sorbonne. He leaves behind his girlfriend Lucie. On his course he meets Jean-Noël, and Mathias. Together they discuss the cinematic canon, read texts by Flaubert, and Pasolini, and listen to Bach, and Mahler. Jean-Noël proves to be an agreeable friend who tries to strengthen Etienne’s fragile self-confidence; Mathias, on the other hand, often comes across as stern, aloof and mysterious. Fond of arguing, he has a habit of disappearing for weeks on end without the others knowing where he is. Nobody gets to see his student film, either. Etienne is particularly crestfallen when he discovers by chance that Mathias shares a secret with Annabelle, an idealistic young woman who lives in Etienne’s shared flat and with whom he is secretly in love.
This tenderly melancholic black-and-white study of these young people’s encounter with art and life is at the same time a declaration of love for classic cinema and the city of Paris.