France, 2019, 106 min, Dir. Stéphane Batut, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Kino Lorber
Wonders in the Suburbs
"Decidedly original in tone and underpinned by an extremely precise writing style." —Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa
As the new mayor of Montfermeil—an underprivileged commune on the outskirts of Paris—Emmanuelle Joly has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle and Kamel, have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises—naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing—political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel’s bickering further disrupt the administration and threaten this year’s Brioche Day.
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