Spring Blossom @Downing Film Center
A film written, directed and starring Suzanne Lindon
2020 | 73 min | In French with English subtitles | Not Rated
Written and directed by Suzanne Lindon (Vincent Lindon’s daughter and 20 years-old at the time of production), SPRING BLOSSOM is charmingly refreshing, and oh so French coming of age story that heralds Lindon as a rising international filmmaker to be reckoned with.
Suzanne (Suzanne Lindon) is sixteen. She is bored with people her own age. From the outside, everything appears lovely in her charmed world, but the everyday monotony of school and her relationships with friends and family feels completely uninspired. Every day on her way to high school, she passes a theater. There, she meets a 35-year-old actor named Raphaël (Arnaud Valois, BPM (Beats Per Minute). Despite their age difference they find in each other an answer to their ennui and develop a strong connection. Immersed in the world of grown-ups and adult choices, Suzanne begins questioning the pitfalls of blossoming too quickly and missing out on life – the life of a 16-year-old, which she had struggled so much to enjoy in the same way as her peers.
SPRING BLOSSOM is a refreshing tale of young teen’s sense of curiosity and wonderment at first-love replete with freewheeling musical numbers that echo the song-and-dance routines of Jacques Demy’s beloved The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
“Suzanne Lindon is an undeniable talent, and with Spring Blossom she’s crafted
a genuinely involving slice-of-life tale.” — FILM STAGE / Christopher Schobert
“A very refreshing film, packed with references yet original.
The result is a very contemporary atmosphere, but also the almost outdated charm of a love affair made of furtive looks and few words.” —CINEUROPA / Fabien Lemercier
“Lindon creates a portrait of first love which is fresh, honest and engaging.” —SCREENDAILY / Wendy Ide
“A fascinating and quite original romance.” —MICROSPIA / Diego Lerer