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Benoit Jacquot was inspired by Agnes Varda’s cool new wave classic Cleo From 5 to 7 to make a similar real-time drama of his own. It stars Virginie Ledoyen as a young woman on the first day of her new job working as a chambermaid in a Parisian hotel. Following her around for ninety minutes, Jacquot’s solid camerawork never for a minute runs out of things to show, from troubled hotel guests to Ledoyen’s arguments with her moody boyfriend (Benoît Magimel). Great film from a director poised on making even better films in the following years and an excellent lead performance by a very young but very talented Ledoyen.
Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Screenplay by Jerome Beaujour, Benoit Jacquot
Cinematography by Caroline Champetier
Production Design by Louis Soubrier
Film Editing by Pascale Chavance
Toronto International Film Festival: 1995