In the opening scene of “Spring Blossom,” a teenage brunette with downcast eyes areas out as her friends prattle on round her. Suzanne (Suzanne Lindon) will not be inquisitive about what her fellow college students must say, but her choices for companionship are restricted. In her humdrum existence — an infinite forwards and backwards from dwelling to high school flecked with the occasional unfulfilling get together — it’s her fantasy life that sustains her.
That is, till she meets Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), a 35-year-old stage actor who places a spring in her step.
Lindon wrote “Spring Blossom” on the age of 15 whereas attending highschool in Paris and directed it at age 19. The film owes a debt to naturalistic coming-of-age dramas by French administrators like Maurice Pialat, however Lindon’s interpretation of that work sometimes appears like a pastiche. At the identical time, she rejects the trope of the angsty teenager, capturing adolescent alienation with buoyancy and delicate whimsy.
Raphaël, himself bored by his actorly milieu and fixed rehearsals, falls for Suzanne as properly, although their tender relationship stays chaste — and largely wordless. Their emotions, potent as they’re, are summary: Lindon captures the odd couple’s connection by rendering their most intimate moments as synchronized dance numbers.
Crucially, Suzanne will not be a hopeless romantic. She falls for the concept of maturity that Raphaël embodies, and realizes somewhat abruptly — properly earlier than issues get messy — the impossibility of their love. Lindon phases an intentional anticlimax that feels confusingly abrupt and unconvincing. Yet her level is properly taken: that the wishes of younger individuals are as fickle and ephemeral as flowers in full bloom.
Not rated. In French, with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 13 minutes. In theaters. Please seek the advice of the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.