Co-helmed by shorts director Valerie Mrejen and novelist/film executive Bertrand Schefer “Iris in Bloom” is one of those films the French seem to grow hydroponically in industrial quantities. Concerning a brief encounter between a beautiful teenage femme from the sticks and a ruggedly handsome older man, with life-changing results for both, pic reps a catalogue raisonne of upmarket, Gallic cinematic cliches, from the arch literary dialogue and hazy approach to explication to the studied air of ennui throughout. Stars Lola Creton and Stanislas Merhar should ensure some visibility locally and export pic to die-hard Francophile distribs offshore.
Shot mostly around Western French cities Nantes and St. Nazaire, pic starts by introducing Iris (Creton, “Bluebeard”), a bright, willful 18-year-old so pretty she can get away with wearing her hair an uncombed mess and still look jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Jean (Merhar), a photographer, gives Iris a lift one day and the two are attracted to each other, despite the fact that she kinda has a b.f. (Ferdinand Regent ) and he a partner (Valerie Donzelli). The rest is surprisingly chaste and irritatingly pointless, even with so brief a running time.