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1h 35m Road Trip, Adventure, Comedy, Romance 2021

CLOSING FILM • Available for rental: Saturday, June 26, 2021 @ Noon PDT → Tuesday, June 29 @ Noon PDT

Join our Zoom Discussion with actor SALIF CISSE, on Sunday, June 27 @ Noon PDT.

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Suggested short film pairing: Max

Our “Coup de Coeur” !

On a hot summer night in Paris, Félix (Éric Nantchouang) meets Alma (Asma Messaoudene). They dance and talk all night and seem to have a real connection, but the next morning, Alma must rush off to catch a train to join her family on vacation.

The impulsive Félix, who thinks he is in love, decides to surprise Alma with a visit, and he enlists his best friend Chérif (Salif Cissé) in this romantic adventure. Both young men are working their way through school (Félix is a caregiver for the elderly, Chérif works in a supermarket) and are not used to going on holiday. Nevertheless, they borrow camping equipment and, accompanied by an uptight and reluctant (he was expecting two female passengers) rideshare driver Édouard (Édouard Sulpice), they drive down to meet Alma.

But things don’t go as planned for the unlikely trio. Edouard’s car (technically his mother’s…) breaks down upon arrival. Then Alma doesn’t seem so thrilled with Félix’s surprise visit. Only the good-natured Chérif seems to enjoy himself. But over the following days, all three protagonists will find small pleasures in their unfamiliar surroundings.

All Hands on Deck is a charming and refreshing buddy comedy, with unexpected characters that explores the diversity of France’s younger generation. It is all set against the gorgeous backdrop of the south-east of France.

Director Guillaume Brac wrote the film for the 2020 class of the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique (the Higher National Conservatoire for Dramatic Art) and all the actors are students from the school.

Not Rated (all audiences).

Original Title: A l’abordage


Refreshing as a river dip on a hot day, but also mildly melancholic, as though perhaps it is the last swim of the summer.
Jessica Kiang — Variety

(A) fun, clever and refreshing film.
Fabien Lemercier — Cineuropa

(A) beguiling little charmer of a film.
Wendy Ide — ScreenDaily

The tone is sunny, like an Eric Rohmer film, and the ensemble cast plays well together. The interactions are believable, and viewers will be invested in each character. In fact, it is almost disappointing when L’Abordage ends.
Gary M. Kramer — Film International


Guillaume Brac


Guillaume Brac


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