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Les Intranquilles

Poignant drama by Joachim Lafosse (À Perdre La Raison) depicting what it is like to live with a spouse with bipolar disorder.

Please note that this film is in French, with Dutch subtitles.
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Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires.

Joachim Lafosse was originally inspired to write the script for LES INTRANQUILLES by his own experiences with his bipolar father. Having witnessed the effects the condition had on preventing his father from fully realising his dreams, Lafosse has crafted a compelling depiction of what it’s like to live with a bipolar disorder, and what it’s like to live with somebody who has severe episodes of mood swings.

Actor Damien Bonnard delivers a commanding performance as the painter living with a mental illness, portraying him both sympathetically while also not shying away from revealing how frustrating and even frightening he can be to have around. Bonnard’s performance is matched by actor Leïla Bekhti, playing his wife, whose capacity to commit to loving him is increasingly pushed to the limit.

Joachim Lafosse, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, 2021, 117 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Damien Bonnard, Leïla Bekhti, Luc Schiltz.
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