Thu 4 Feb 00:00 - Wed 31 Mar 00:00

Picl | Passion Simple

Danielle Arbid
00:00 - 00:00

Parisian literature professor Hélène starts an addictive affair with a married Russian diplomat (played by ballet bad boy Sergei Polunin). Physically, sparks are definitely there, but romance seems to be one-sided. Longing for some attention and confirmation of her love, Hélène slowly loses her control over life.

"Since last September, all I’ve done is wait for a man..."

Hélène is single mother of a son, living in Paris, teaching literature at the university. When she meets the Russian Embassy official Alexandre, there immediately is sexual attraction. In a heated affair, her surly Russian lover makes extended house calls, during which they roughly fornicate in every imaginable position, on every available surface. Hélène falls deeply in love with Alexandre, and becomes more and more obsessed with him, particularly because he refuses to talk to her, to share anything but his body with her. Hélène starts losing her grip at work, pays less attention to her son and slowly becomes absorbed by maddening desire.

PASSION SIMPLE is a sensual psychological drama that's based on the eponymous bestseller by Annie Ernaux. Laetitia Dosch (JEUNE FEMME and MON ROI) and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS and WHITE CROW) play the leads wonderfully.

Danielle Arbid
Laetitia Dosch, Sergei Polunin, Slimane Dazi, Elina Löwensohn
99 min
Thu 4 Feb
France, Belgium
French; Dutch subtitles
  • Watch out with children under 16
  • Sex
  • Coarse Language

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