The Restless

A film by 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
ProductionStenola Productions
CoproductionKG Productions (FR)
Samsa Films (LUX)
Prime Time (Flanders)
Supported byFédération Wallonie Bruxelles, 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


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