The Restless

Joachim Lafosse

Leïla and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing that he may never be able to offer her what she desires.

FormatNumérique - 4K
Executive producersStenola Productions
CoproductionKG Productions (FR), Samsa Film (LUX), Prime Time (Flanders)
PartnersThe cinema and audiovisual center of the Wallonia-brussels Federation, Screen Brussels, Proximus, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, RTBF, Be tv,, Film Fund Luxembourg, Canal Plus, Ciné Plus, COFINOVA 17, Région Sud-PACA, Eurimages
DistributionCinéart (BE, NL), Samsa Distribution (LUX), Les Films du Losange (FR)
Release fall 2021
Feature film
Colors, 118 min.

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    "Since my first films, my wish has been to try to offer the public stories that are, first and foremost, carried by complex characters, staged with a great desire for nuance. With The Economy of couple, Losing your reason, Free student, Nue Propriété, Les chevaliers blancs and now The Restless, I have always tried to bring emotion, complexity through the actors and the way they can 'incarnate' without Manichaeism .Issues, conflicts and their resolutions are my focus; most of my directing research tends towards this description of human complexity. The camera is always at face level, I never want to look with superiority or slander. The staging always remains sober and focused on the right composition of the roles. With The Restless, I continue this form of cinema. Despite the violence of Damien's last relapse and his efforts to treat, will Leïla still be able to look at her lover, the father of her children, other than as a manic-depressive?"

    Joachim Lafosse


    DirectorJoachim Lafosse
    Co-written byJuliette Goudot, Anne-Lise Morin, François Pirot, Chloé Léonil, Lou du Pontavice, Pablo Guarise
    Director of PhotographyJean-François Hensgens
    1st Assistant DirectorJohan Knudsen
    Script SupervisorElly Verduyckt
    Set DesignAnna Falguères
    Sound EngineerDirk Bombey
    EditingMarie-Hélène Dozo
    Sound DesignThomas Gauder
    MusiquesÓlafur arnalds, Antoine bodson
    CostumesPascaline Chavanne
    ProducersAnton Iffland Stettner, Eva Kuperman, Jani Thiltges, Alexandre Gavras, Antonino Lombardo
    Production DirectorVincent Canart
    Exécutive producerBrigitte Kerger
    Post-production DirectorOlan Bowland


    LeilaLeila Bekthi
    DamienDamien Bonnard
    AmineGabriel Merz Chammah
    PatrickPatrick Descamps
    JérômeJules Waringo
    SergeAlexandre Gavras


    FranceCannes International Film Festival - Official Competition
    SpainSan Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF)
    PolandWarsaw Film Festival
    BrazilSão Paulo International Film Festival
    United StatesThe American French Film Festival
    CanadaCINEMANIA Francophone Film Festival
    Great BritainFrench Film Festival UK
    SloveniaLjubljana Film Festival
    The NetherlandsTAPIS ROUGE French Filmfestival in the Netherlands
    IrelandIFI French Film Festival (Dublin)
    ItalyTorino Film Festival
    SwedenGöteborg Film Festival
    SerbiaBelgrade International Film Festival
    LithuaniaVilnius Film Festival

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