Katell Quillévéré confirms the promise of her award-winning debut Love Like Poison with this emotionally-charged drama about the impact of one woman’s unquenchable thirst for life on those around her.

Director: Katell Quillévéré
Cast: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel, Paul Hamy
Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: France

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“A stunningly confident piece of filmmaking. Quillévéré knows how to pack a film full of life and urgent questions, and not waste a minute. The performances slay you: Damiens, in a portrait of intense paternal love, worry and dismay; Haenel, a guarded wonder. But it’s Forestier’s film, and her strongest performance to date. If Quillévéré keeps up the ambition and restless pace of these first two films, we’ll be hailing her as a modern master before the decade’s out.”

“Acutely observed and at times almost unbearably moving. François Damiens is brilliant, Adèle Haenel is terrific. Sara Forestier is just indelible.”
Catherine Shoard, THE GUARDIAN

“A tender, sad and real love story about families. Every emotion is bang-on; every scene unfolds grippingly and naturally, and by the end, these characters feel like people you know.”

“A visually arresting and emotionally engaging coming-of-age drama with an intelligently written script and compelling performances at its heart. Distinctly moving and quietly intelligent – an altogether arresting film. An unforgettable drama that quietly tugs on the heartstrings. Highly recommended.”
Jennifer Tate, VIEWLONDON


5x NOMINATIONS – 2014 CÉSAR AWARDS – Best Actress (Sara Forestier), Supporting Actress (Adèle Haenel), Supporting Actor (François Damiens), Original Screenplay & Best New/Debuting Actor (Paul Hamy)

Widely considered one of France’s most exciting new directors, Katell Quillévéré confirms the promise of her award-winning debut Love Like Poison with SUZANNE, a powerful and emotionally-charged drama that explores the impact of one woman’s unquenchable thirst for life on those around her.

The film introduces the inquisitive and strong-willed Suzanne – beautifully played by the enthralling Sara Forestier – during her childhood, which is spent in a loving, working-class home in the south of France with her adoring elder sister Maria (Adèle Haenel, Water Lilies) and their widowed father Nicolas (François Damiens, Delicacy).

Barely into her teenage years Suzanne falls pregnant, and declares that she will keep the baby – just the first in a series of bombshells that this impulsive and mercurial woman will drop on her family. By early adulthood Suzanne appears to back on the straight and narrow, but continues to choose love above all else, and when she meets a small-time hood (Paul Hamy) her most reckless act of all follows, one with irrevocable consequences for her entire family.

Exceptionally well performed, and written and directed with supreme confidence, SUZANNE richly captures a poetry and fierce intelligence in everyday details as it hurtles the viewer through crucial moments in the characters’ lives. Constantly surprising, and with a superb score by Electrelane’s Verity Susman, SUZANNE poignantly reminds us that life rarely follows a straight or predictable path.

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Cast & crew attend the Cannes Film Festival World Premiere screening (video)