¡Viva! Festival

Jean-François and the Meaning of Life (Jean-François i el sentit de la vida) TBC

Mon 20 May, 6.15pm


Portabella’s debut film is a witty and whimsical take on the growing pains of adolescence.

Young teenager Francesc – a solitary boy with an eye patch and a psychiatrist – is natural prey for school bullies, until he finds a novel escape in the form of French existentialist philosophy.

With deep commitment to the ideas of Albert Camus, he turns up his coat collar, calls himself Jean-François, and resolves to make a pilgrimage from Catalonia to Paris. En route he meets Lluna, an older girl who awakens his budding hormones and becomes his surprising travel companion.

Accompanied by a baroque score and suitably philosophical chapter titles, this is a stylish and sweet coming-of-age tale. Winner of Best Director and Best Score at the Toulouse Cinespaña.

Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 tour, presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Dir: Sergi Portabella

Cast: Max Megias, Claudia Vega

Spain 2018, 90mins

English subtitles

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