Archive of films And They Call This... Spring / On appelle ca le printemps

2000, 107 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2001


Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs who go from house to house trying to find a place to stay. Well, this film by director Hervé Le Roux starts out the same way: Fanfan leaves her boyfriend and plans on spending the night at Joss’s. But Joss has just left her husband and daughter, so they decide to go see Fanfan’s sister Manu to stay with her for a few days. But, of course, there is no love lost between Manu and her husband Mitch. Complications arise surrounding Manu’s lover and Mitch throws all three of them out. But these gals are not about to take it lying down and they decide to revenge themselves on their partners, all the while doing completely as they wish. This war between the sexes is a funny tale, directed and acted with exaggeration, about all those well-known feelings and emotions which sometimes manipulate us – especially when spring arrives... The film’s timeless quality and a touch of the burlesque are both framed and emphasised by the music of Lully, Charpentier and Offenbach.

About the director

Hervé Le Roux (b. 1956) worked as a journalist and critic for the well-known film magazine Cahiers du cinéma, and was assistant director to Alain Bergal on the film Incognito. He then worked on the short films L’ourse bleue (dir. by Marc Chevrie) and Tu m’as dit (dir. by Renée Falson). In 1993 he made Grand bonheur and in 1997 Reprise, a film which was screened at the Berlin IFF and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Belfort festival. And They Call This Spring is his latest feature film.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Hervé Le Roux
Screenplay: Hervé Le Roux
Dir. of Photography: Pierre Milon
Music: Pierre Allio
Editor: Nadine Tarbouriech
Producer: Gilles Sandoz
Production: Agat Films
Cast: Marilyne Canto, Maryse Cupaiolo, Marie Matheron, Bernard Ballet, Pierre Berriau, Michel Bompoil, Antoine Chappey, Laszlo Szabo

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