The innocent

France, 2022 / 98 Mins

Director: Louis Garrel

Starring: Louis Garrel, Roschdy Zem, Noémie Merlant

Lyon, present day. When widowed marine biologist Abel learns that his impulsive mum Sylvie is once again re-marrying – this time to an inmate she met whilst teaching theatre in prison – he’s much more than uncomfortable. Doubting that convicted burglar Michel is capable of turning over a new leaf, Abel’s protective streak kicks in, and so with the help of his best friend Clémence, he begins tailing his new stepfather’s movements. Their amateur sleuthing is quickly uncovered by Michel and triggers an unlikely - and bold - business proposition for them both…

Joyfully paying homage to the great crime capers of the French New Wave, and partly inspired by events from the director’s own life, Garrel’s witty and beautifully constructed film is a delirious mix of comedy, romance, suspense and action, with several twists too good to spoil. Selected as the special Gala Screening to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival - where it drew a thunderously positive response - this hilarious, quintessentially French comedy aims to please and does so effortlessly. Subtitles.