Simple Comme Sylvain

Sharp romantic comedy about an intellectual woman in a sexless marriage who begins an affair with an attractive contractor.

Please note that this film is in French, with Dutch subtitles.
Time & Tickets

Biting, funny, and socially astute, this romantic comedy from Quebecois actor, writer, and director Monia Chokri tackles class difference and infidelity. Sophia is a fortysomething, posh, French-Canadian professor who’s involved in a congenial, familiar relationship with her partner Xavier. The lived-in feel of their ten years together is on full display at dinner parties – and in their separate bedrooms.

Sophia’s curiosity about infidelity – which she first projects on her husband when the couple learn about a friend’s recent divorce – grows into much more when she meets Sylvain, the contractor tasked with fixing up the couple’s country home. Opposites attract here – she’s the brains and he’s the brawn – and they quickly begin a tumultuous affair. But Sophia has a hard time reconciling the reality of their differences, especially when they introduce their family and friends to one another, and their disparate political leanings and varying viewpoints become comically apparent. As their affair continues, the tension between their different worlds comes to a very uncomfortable head. (source:

Monia Chokri, Canada, France, 2023, 110 min. French spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Magalie Lépine Blondeau, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Francis-William Rhéaume, Monia Chokri..