Playlist review – appealingly gauche French twentysomething romance

A young woman dreams of working as an artist – and finding a man – in Nine Antico’s feature debut

The latest addition to the rudderless, chaotic, twentysomething Frenchwoman genre – the Gallic pixie dreamgirl, if you will – Playlist suffers a little in comparison to Léonor Serraille’s similarly Paris-set Jeune Femme from 2018, not least because that film’s charismatic star, Laetitia Dosch, has a supporting role in this one. But Sara Forestier is likable enough as the somewhat hapless Sophie, who dreams of working as an artist but whose main preoccupation is finding a man.

The film’s black-and-white cinematography – presumably a reference to the graphic novels that Sophie admires – adds little to the film, but the soundtrack, featuring repeated use of True Love Will Find You in the End by Daniel Johnston, brings an appealingly gauche quality to the story.

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Wendy Ide

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