Monday, September 8, 2014

TIFF Inspirations: Les Bardots

Les Bardots*
The Bardots

Special Presentation
France, 2014
French/English subtitles
North American Premiere
101 minutes - Colour
Cast: Asia Clarke, Keesha Chung , Christina Mirabelli

In this sequel to last year's hit, I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life With You Tonight, the female Parisian punk band, The Bardots, find themselves without a lead singer and embark on the arduous task of reinventing themselves as they endure the hardship of their personal lives.

When her reckless sister spontaneously runs off with her latest boyfriend to Brussels, Isabelle is suddenly left to fend for her nephew, Bruno. Barely able to feed herself - let alone a 6-year old boy, she takes on more hours as a waitress, which dramatically cuts down on the band's practise sessions.

After months of suffering from extreme fatigue, Sandrine is devastated when she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Unwilling to give up her dreams as a drummer, she keeps her ailment a secret despite the fact that her bandmates are frustrated with her declining performance.

Confronted with an ultimatum by her political-activist husband Karl, Valérie is forced to choose between her happy marriage and her loyal band -- two of her greatest loves.

Backed by another terrific soundtrack, The Bardots is an extraordinary exploration of the resiliency of the human spirit -- even after it's been beaten by the harsh realities of life.

* This is my tribute to the Toronto International Film Festival. It is not a real film.

Click here to see last year's TIFF Inspirations.

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