SOUS LES ÉTOILES DE PARIS
(UNDER THE STARS OF PARIS)
by Claus Drexel
2020 | 86 min
This film will only be available on two days : February 24 and 25
Dramedy, family | France, Belgium | French (English subtitles) | 12 years of age and older
Christine's life has not been easy lately. Her lonely routine is divided between free food banks distributions and wandering the streets of Paris. On a cold winter night, she finds Suli, an eight-year-old Burkinabe boy, sobbing in front of her shelter. Christine understands that he is lost and has been separated from his mother. Bounded by their marginal condition, they embark together on an emotional journey full of tenderness to find Suli’s mother in the underground world of Paris.
Berlin French Film Week (Germany, 2020)
French Film Festival UK (Great Britain, 2020)
Tübingen-Stuttgart International French Language Film Festival (Germany, 2020)
El Gouna Film Festival (Egypt, 2020)
Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2020)
Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2020) Cinemania Francophone Film Festival (Canada, 2020)
Claus Drexel directs Under the Stars of Paris (Sous les étoiles de Paris), a glimpse at life on the margins of Paris, starring Catherine Frot and impressive newcomer Mahamadou Yaffa. Delicate and heartfelt, Drexel’s film captivates us with gorgeous turns from Frot and Yaffa, as well as the quiet, emotional tone that the filmmaker crafts…
The joy of Under the Stars of Paris comes in the quiet moments where Suli and Christine’s relationship is forged. Taking to her as a maternal figure, Suli cannot speak French – something that perhaps suits Christine – their relationship instead crafted through shared experiences as marginalised individuals or silent moments of kindness exchanged between the pair. The initial frostiness is chipped away by Suli’s heart-warming smile and childish innocence with Christine forced to step up and take on this newfound maternal role.
— Culture Fix
Claus Drexel delivers a deeply human and poetic urban tale that touches the heart. As a homeless person who gradually regains her humanity, Catherine Frot is astounding.
— La Voix du Nord (translated from French)
A moving and comical walk through Paris which, between social drama and modern tale, takes us, in the company of an unusual duo, to discover the dark side of the City of Light.
— À voir À lire (translated from French)
Catherine Frot gives as strong a performance as one would expect from the ten-time César nominee. Her physicality perfectly captures the mannerisms and physical toll that living on the streets would have on an elderly woman. Likewise, her chemistry with young Mahamadou Yaffa as Suli is excellent. While there is limited dialogue between the pair due to the language barrier, just watching them walk along the street feels like a conversation in and of itself.
— The Wee Review