Love at First Fight

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    Love at First Fight

    Les Combattants

    Directed by

    France

    2014

    95 min

    • French

    Comedy drama

    Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud's summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn't asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It's a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both.

    Awards

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    • Art Cinema Award, SACD Prize, Europa Cinemas Award - Directors' Fortnight
    • FIPRESCI Prize (Parallel Sections) – Directors' Fortnight
    • Louis-Delluc Prize (First Feature)
    • Best Male Newcomer (Kévin Azaïs) - Cabourg FF
    • Golden Swann for Male Revelation (Kévin Azaïs) - Cabourg FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Adèle Haenel
    Kevin Azaïs
    Screenplay
    Thomas Cailley
    Claude Le Pape
    Cinematography
    David Cailley
    Editing
    Lilian Corbeille
    Music
    Hit'N'Run
    Sales
    BAC FILMS
    Production
    NORD-OUEST FILMS
    Production
    APPALOOSA FILMS

    Press

    An expertly handled and brilliantly performed feel-good comedy with an original twist.

    John Bleasdale, Cine-Vue

    Semi-inscrutable and yet totally fascinating, Haenel comes across as tough enough to win “The Hunger Games” out from under Jennifer Lawrence.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Its confrontation-into cuddliness narrative offers a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Cailley works up his gently acidic comedy with expertise, nicely working some new riffs on the theme of small town boredom, and eventually taking us somewhere unexpected.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    A romantic comedy made with both visual and narrative intelligence, centered by great performances from Kévin Azaïs and Adèle Haenel.

    Matthew Dessem, The Dissolve

    Thomas  Cailley

    Thomas Cailley

    France

    Thomas Cailley is a French director, scriptwriter and composer. During his studies in script writing at la Femis (French National Film School), Thomas directed his first short film PARIS-SHANGAI, that was selected in various international film festivals. LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT is his first feature film.