FFF20 Sweetheart

About the film

Release Date: Jul 14, 2020
Rating: MA15
Runtime: 87 mins
Director: Lisa Azuelos
Actors: Sandrine Kiberlain, Thaïs Alessandrin
‘Empty nest’ films typically follow the person flying from the nest, but Lisa Azuelos (AF FFF15, Chance Encounter; AF FFF10, LOL; AF FFF07, Hey Good Looking) provides a refreshing perspective, turning her attention, instead, to the mother left behind.

Jade (Thaïs Alessandrin) is the pride and joy of Héloïse (a hilarious performance by Sandrine Kiberlain, AF FFF19, Pupille; AF FFF17, Being 17; AF FFF16, The Sweet Escape), a 40-something restaurateur who’s personal life is in disarray. But, with her daughter’s high school graduation looming, Héloïse frets that her beloved little ‘sweetheart’ has suddenly blossomed into a grown and independent woman.

Through a series of flashbacks, Azuelos takes audiences through Jade and her siblings’ formative years where we witness pivotal moments that enrichen later scenes. Caught up in a wave of nostalgia, so reluctant is Héloïse to let her daughter go that she risks inadvertently impeding Jade’s ability to move forward successfully into the next chapter of her life.

With Azuelos casting her own daughter in the role of Jade, there is a gentle autobiographical critique to the parental experiences behind Sweetheart, making it as joyful and complicated as reallife mother-daughter relationships.

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