Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a warm, witty and impeccably performed comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences.

Director: Julien Rappeneau
Cast: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz, Anémone, Philippe Rebbot
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: France

MCoarse language


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Rosalie Blum

★★★★
“Utterly charming. Will surely make you feel good.”
Peter Calder, NEW ZEALAND LISTENTER

★★★★
“Among the loud, special-effects-driven and familiar storylines of the blockbusters being released mid-year, comes this unassuming and utterly charming little French film. A balance of drama, comedy and romance – with a dash of mystery. Wonderfully cast, directed with a deft hand, and featuring a script full of surprises, this whimsical, tender and original film is a fabulous debut.”
Francesca Rudkin, THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD

★★★★
“A little gem. Delightful, tender and feel-good.”
NEWSTALK ZB

“The sweetest, most delightful film you will see all year.”
Rod Quinn, ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA

★★★★1/2
“A wistful comedy cleverly built on a chain of happy coincidences… Watching them gradually reveal their nature to the benefit of all players is one of the film’s major pleasures. It’s funny, it’s melancholy and it’s sometimes both at once. Much of what makes it work is in the playing. Lvovsky is full of the spirit of mischief – in a benign sense – and the fun in Khojandi’s performance springs from his reading of Vincent’s character. Isaaaz, too, has no difficulty finding the pathos in Aude’s shambolic way of life. They all make terrific company.”
Sandra Hall, THE SUNDAY AGE

★★★★
“Intriguing and tantalising. The film quickly exerts a grip on you.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★
“One of the more charming and surprising French films of the year. The casting is impeccable, the sense of humanity strong, and Rappeneau never pushes too hard, in terms of comedy or pathos. Manipulating the point of view is a clever device. It freshens the story, by breaking from linear narrative. The view becomes wide as well as long, with pleasing results.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“A joy! Fresh and engaging. A feel-good film which combines humour and eccentric touches with surges of genuine emotion. Light and life-affirming.”
Boyd van Hoeij, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“This year’s Amelie. Fresh and really fun. Surrender to its charm and humanity”
Julien Wood, FILMINK

★★★★★
“A small jewel of tenderness, emotion and intelligence. Really clever and skillfully led from start to finish, to its great outcome, Rosalie Blum takes you in its arms in a kind of melancholy sweetness tinged with a touch of humour and emotion. Go discover this beautiful film in theatres.”
Jean-Christian Hay, GALA

★★★★★
“Poignant, original, full of surprises, Julien Rappeneau’s debut film is reminiscent of Amelie in his original way to re-enchant the everyday, finding the extraordinary in its ordinary, realistic characters. The performers are all wonderful.”
Valérie Beck, FEMME ACTUELLE

★★★★
“A feel good movie that invites happiness. Quite simply, it exudes charm and it would be crazy to miss out.”
Laurent Dijan, STUDIO CINÉ LIVE


WINNER – BEST FILM AUDIENCE PRIZE – 2016 GIJON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences.

Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection…

To reveal more would only spoil the surprises of Rappeneau’s impeccably directed and performed tale, other than to say that a series of coincidences – both hilarious and moving – memorably brings together a group of lost souls in a manner reminiscent of Claude Berri’s wonderful Hunting and Gathering.

Indeed, with its themes of the importance of altruism, forgiveness and the value of compassion, ROSALIE BLUM delivers an ever-timely reminder of the best that French cinema has to offer. It’s a joy to watch.

Rosalie Blum