A Paris Education (region-1 DVD)
A Paris Education is a sweeping love letter to cinema from filmmaker Jean Paul Civeyrac (My Friend Victoria). Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy- haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It’s a seemingly idyllic life of the mind—until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema—from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov—Jean Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave.