As Gustave (Romain Duris, Populaire) looks over the city from his eponymous tower, he is cloaked by the shadow of memories surrounding its conception and construction, beginning with a chance meeting with the woman who would become his greatest love and deepest heartache.
Adrienne (Emma Mackey, Sex Education) is the daughter of a wealthy local bourgeois, who crosses paths with Gustave as he approaches her Father to ask for funds for safety scaffolding after an accident occurs during the construction of an iron bridge over the River Garonne. She later reveals she saw the accident and heroic rescue Gustave carried out.
An imagined love story plays out in the film, set against the backdrop of a structure famed the world over and featured in the photo albums of almost every holiday to the French capital. Part biopic, part sweeping French romance, tied together with magnetic performance from the two leads.
French with English subtitles
Dir: Martin Bourboulon
Cast: Romain Duris, Emma Mackey, Pierre Deladonchamps
France/Belgium/Germany 2021, 108mins