Mektoub, My Love

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Certificate: 15
Length: 181 mins
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche
Language: French with English subtitles

 

The latest from the director of Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a coming-of-age saga that casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth.

Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), an aspiring screenwriter living in Paris, returns home for the summer to a fishing village in the South of France to reconnect with his family and his childhood friends. Together with his cousin Tony (Salim Kechiouche) and his best friend Ophélie (Ophélie Bau), he spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant run by his parents, the local bars and the beaches frequented by girls on holiday.

Armed with his camera and guided by the bright summer light of the Mediterranean coast, Amin pursues his philosophical quest while gathering inspiration for his screenplays. When it comes to love, only Mektoub (‘destiny’ in Arabic) can decide.

This coming-of-age saga set in 1994 casts a nostalgic glow on the wonders of youth.

Mektoub, My Love is an unruly, polymorphously perverse river of sensations, plunging the willing viewer into a roiling mass of pungent evocations. You’ll float too.” – BFI

“A 90s summer-romance pastoral of epic length and sexiness, marinaded in sunshine.” ★★★★ – Guardian