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The Stopover

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:45 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
5:00 p.m.
YBCA Screening Room

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In the waning days of France’s military presence in Afghanistan, a planeful of French soldiers finishing a tour there are flown to the island of Cyprus, for a three-day recuperative stint of “sport, relaxation, and collective debriefing.” For longtime friends Aurore (Ariane Labed, Attenberg) and Marine (French singer-songwriter Soko, The Dancer) and their cohorts, this period of compulsory “decompression” includes five-star accommodations shared with oblivious-seeming civilian vacationers, virtual reality simulations of a tragic incident in the field, and increasingly hostile acts of aggression among the more volatile members of the unit. Aurore and Marine are two of the only women in the group, and an undercurrent of resentful misogyny bubbles up among the soldiers as they’re encouraged by their superiors—in a facile, perhaps futile exercise—to relive a catastrophe in order not to bring home the psychological damages wrought by life in a combat zone. Casting doubt on the odds of success for such a mission—and suggesting that these men and, particularly, these women are nowhere near a safe zone—filmmakers (and siblings) Delphine and Muriel Coulin create a mood of intensifying disquiet, tracking the soldiers through outbreaks of unprocessed rage and a fog of cognitive dissonance. —Lynn Rapoport

Filmmaker Bio(s)

French filmmakers and siblings Delphine and Muriel Coulin have been collaborating for two decades, sharing writing and directing duties on a handful of films. Their first feature, 17 Girls (2011), was nominated for a César Award, and screened in the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2012. Both the Coulins have made documentaries for French television, and Delphine Coulin is the author of several novels; Samba pour la France was adapted for the screen in 2014. The Stopover was honored at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with the Prix Un Certain Regard for best screenplay.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): France/Greece
  • Language(s): French, Greek, English
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 102
  • Director(s): Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin
  • Producer(s): Denis Freyd
  • Writer(s): Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin
  • Cinematographer(s): Jean-Louis Vialard
  • Editor(s): Laurence Briaud
  • With: Soko, Ariane Labed, Ginger Romàn, Karim Leklou

Print Source:
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