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Fidelio, Alice's Journey

Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice

Directed by Lucie Borleteau
France, 2014


Alice is a sailor. While her partner Félix waits for her on land, she sets off as second mechanic on the Fidelio, an old freighter. On board, she discovers not only that her predecessor has just died, but also that the skipper is none other than the first great love of her life.

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Fidelio, Alice's Journey Directed by Lucie Borleteau

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

César Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Most Promising Actress

Lumiere Awards

2015 | Nominee: Most Promising Young Actress

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Mention

Narratively, Borleteau’s film is pleasingly ambiguous without being difficult or abstruse. Rather than a linear narrative, it presents a wealth of intriguing incidents and atmospheres, loosely linked together by Alice’s experiences. Both the physical environment of the boat and the interaction of the men on board are portrayed in a manner at once straightforward and poetic, calling to mind another female director’s film about work, jealousy and male company: Claire Denis’s Beau travail (1999).
October 02, 2015
Director Lucie Borleteau and cinematographer Simon Beaufils, don’t come up with a way of imbuing this space with any real atmosphere or character… It’s all very middle brow, with much of the dialogue skewing away from naturalism in order to force direct discussions on the film’s broad themes.
October 01, 2015
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Lucie Borleteau, making her feature debut as writer-director, presents the intense sexual relationship graphically yet perceptively; this is that rare movie in which the characters’ lovemaking actually reveals things about them. Borleteau is no less astute in depicting the work aboard an ocean freighter; the movie has as much to say about life in the globalized economy as it does about eroticism.
July 15, 2015
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