As Happy as Possible

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    As Happy as Possible

    Rêves de jeunesse

    Directed by

    France, Portugal

    2019

    92 min

    • French

    Drama

    Salomé lands a summer job in the junkyard of a village in Southern France. In this timeless place, her rebellious adolescence catches up with her. She meets friends, old and new, who all share the same desire to build a way of life far from any social order.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Salomé Richard
    Yoann Zimmer
    Estelle Meyer
    Jacques Bonnaffé
    Christine Citti
    Aude Briant et Carl Malapa
    Screenplay
    Alain Raoust
    Cécile Vargaftig
    Cinematography
    Lucie Baudinaud
    Editing
    Jean de Certeau
    Music
    DEAD COMBO
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    CINEMA DEFACTO
    Production
    TERRATREME FILMES

    Press

    A sensitive, offbeat portrait of youth in quiet revolt.

    Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

    Alain Raoust

    Alain Raoust

    France

    Born in 1966 in Nice, Alain Raoust grew up in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. After studying at the University of Paris 8, he became an assistant director, while at the same time devoting himself to experimental cinema with films distributed by La Paris-Film-Coop, Light Cone, and a collective of modern young people called Molokino. This practice, and the encounter of Philippe Garrel's early cinema, resulted in the short films: L'HIVER ENCORE (1989), LA FOSSE COMMUNE (1990); as well as a feature film: ATTENDRE LE NAVIRE (1992), with Pierre Clementi, Benoît Régent and Pascal Greggory. The latter, formally unique, never had a theatrical release. In 1994, he returned to a more traditional narrative by directing a short film entitled MUETTE, EST LA GIROUETTE, an open letter to Florence Rey, then in prison. Then he made a medium-length film: LA VIE SAUVE (1997 - Grand Prix du festival Côté Court de Pantin). This will be followed by LA CAGE (2002 - official competition Locarno Festival - International Critics' Award and Ecumenical Award), with Caroline Ducey. His latest feature, AS HAPPY AS POSSIBLE (2019), was the opening film of the ACID selection in Cannes.