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Looking for love while working a job at the beach, eighteen-year-old Esther (Talullah Cassavetti) has a summer fling with Jean (Corentin Fila). At season’s end, she takes off for Paris and arrives, unannounced, on Jean’s doorstep. Rebuffed, Esther is left to wander in the City of Light and ultimately finds shelter in a convent. Exiting a hyper sexualized world and entering an oasis of calm, Esther comes to understand herself through an uneasy relationship with a novice who has taken a vow of silence. Though sexually graphic, Gold for Dogs is not overly explicit about Esther’s background, and we come to recognize her as a person who, while not naïve, probably doesn’t completely understand her own sexuality and is just beginning to recognize the codes and signals of relationships. Strictly following Esther’s point-of-view, director Anna Cazenave Cambet allows for the viewer to experience the surprising and unsentimental journey just as our protagonist does. To complement the young woman’s increasingly interior odyssey, Cambet and cinematographer Kristy Baboul Gremeaux employ a visual style that moves us from the wide-open colorful spaces of the seaside to the desaturated, claustrophobic world of the nuns. The resulting film is an unconventional, sometimes unsettling, but always compelling experience that its director has described as a coming-of-age movie in reverse. 2020 London Film Festival. (JH) 

This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    99 minutes
  • Language
    French, with English subtitles
  • Country
  • Director
    Anna Cazenave Cambet
  • Screenwriter
    Anna Cazenave Cambet, Marie-Stephane Imbert
  • Producer
    Charles Gillibert, Reginald de Guillebon
  • Cast
    Tallullah Cassavetti, Ana Neborac, Corentin Fila, Carole Franck, Julie Depardieu
  • Cinematographer
    Kristy Baboul Gremeaux
  • Editor
    Joris Laquittant