You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Those Who Remain

Character actress Anne Le Ny makes a haunting scripting-helming debut with "Those Who Remain."

With: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Yeelem Jappain, Anne Le Ny, Gregoire Oestermann, Christine Murillo, Ophelia Kolb Kasapoglu.

Character actress Anne Le Ny makes a haunting scripting-helming debut with “Those Who Remain.” A German teacher spends afternoons at the suburban Paris hospital where his wife is a patient on the breast cancer ward. His innocent conversations with a younger and far flightier graphic artist, whose b.f. is also being treated for cancer, gradually evolve: Their voices say “vous,” but their bodies yearn for less formal avenues of expression. A sort of Gallic “Brief Encounter” intelligently updated to reflect modern mores, fest-ready pic was released locally in late August to glowing reviews.

The teacher, Bertrand (Vincent Lindon), and the artist, Lorraine (Emmanuelle Devos), endeavor to remain cordial and civilized while struggling with panic and guilt. Neither protag’s significant other is ever seen, yet the offscreen mates’ presumed suffering infuses the proceedings. Bertrand deeply loves his wife; Lorraine has only been in her relationship for a year.

Thoughtful blend of delicacy and pragmatism, selfishness and sacrifice makes the most of a handful of locations and rituals: a few cups of coffee, the hospital’s newsstand, Lorraine’s car, the bus on which Bertrand commutes.

Bertrand’s 16-year-old stepdaughter Valentine (Yeelem Jappain) is having trouble coping with her mom’s protracted illness. Helmer casts herself as Bertrand’s meddling and outgoing sis.

Down-to-earth, utterly believable venture explores commitment, fortitude and the eternal scramble to be true to one’s feelings without being unfair to others.

Lindon and Devos, last seen together in “The Moustache,” play off each other with the right measure of sincerity and subterfuge.

Unfussy widescreen lensing anchors narrative with admirable simplicity.

Popular on Variety

Those Who Remain


Production: A StudioCanal release of a Les Films A4 presentation of a France 2 Cinema, StudioCanal production with the participation of Canal Plus. (International sales: StudioCanal, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.) Produced by Jean-Philippe Andraca, Christian Berard. Directed, written by Anne Le Ny.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Patrick Blossier; editor, Idit Bloch; music, Beatrice Thiriet; set designer, Yves Brover; costume designer, Nathalie du Roscoat; sound (Dolby), Nicolas Cantin, Bratrice Wick, Cedric Lionnet; assistant director, Anne Felotti. Reviewed at Les 3 Luxembourg, Paris, Sept. 19, 2007. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Yeelem Jappain, Anne Le Ny, Gregoire Oestermann, Christine Murillo, Ophelia Kolb Kasapoglu.

More Film

  • Alexander Skarsgard in the front rowGiorgio

    Film News Roundup: Alexander Skarsgard Joins 'Passing' With Tessa Thompson

    In today’s film news roundup, Taryn Manning, Shane West and Alexander Skarsgård have new roles, and Warner Bros. unveils a modernized logo. CASTINGS Alexander Skarsgård has signed on to join Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and André Holland in “Passing.” The film marks Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut and is based on a screenplay that Hall adapted [...]

  • Spike Lee

    Spike Lee to Direct Hip-Hop Love Story 'Prince of Cats'

    Spike Lee will direct a big-screen version of the hip-hop love story “Prince of Cats,” based on Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel. Legendary has been developing the project with Janet and Kate Zucker of Zucker Productions. Lee, who won the Academy Award for adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” will also re-write the “Prince of Cats” script with [...]

  • DOLEMITE IS MY NAME!, 2019, DOL_Unit_06284.RAF

    'Dolemite Is My Name' Writer Larry Karaszewski Recalls 10-Year Journey to Make Rudy Ray Moore Biopic

    “Harriet” writer-director Kasi Lemmons was in a reflective mood at Tuesday night’s “Behind the Scene” event at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West. The biopic, starring Cynthia Erivo as slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, has been receiving buzz since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s Lemmons’ [...]

  • Writers vs Agents Packaging War WGA

    Abrams Artists Agency Signs Writers Guild Deal

    In a major triumph for the Writers Guild of America, the Abrams Artists Agency has signed the WGA’s Code of Conduct, allowing the agency to return to representing WGA members again. Chairman Adam Bold made the announcement Wednesday, saying that the agency wants to put its clients back to work. He also noted WGA West [...]

  • Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis

    Holocaust Experts Debate 'Jojo Rabbit' at Museum of Tolerance Screening

    With its comedic, cartoonish portrayal of Nazis, Taika Waititi’s satirical Hitler youth tale “Jojo Rabbit” has polarized critics and audiences alike. And that division continued to be stirred at Tuesday night’s screening of the film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Liebe Geft, director of the museum, moderated a heated panel discussion [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content