Love at First Fight (Les combattants)


City Opera House Fri, Jul 31, 2015 3:00 PM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Sat, Aug 1, 2015 9:00 AM
Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:98 min.
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Adèle Haenel
Kévin Azaïs
Antoine Laurent
Brigitte Roüan
William Lebghil
Thibaut Berducat
Director:Thomas Cailley
Produced by:Pierre Guyard
Screenwriter:Thomas Cailey
Claude Le Pape
Cinematography:David Cailley
Editing By:Lilian Corbeille
Music By:Philippe Deshaies
Lionel Flairs
Benoit Rault


Dropping the rom-com genre on its head and then blowing it away with gale-force winds, this winner of four awards at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will knock you out with its superb acting and twist on gender roles. Sweet natured Arnaud is still grappling with his father’s death when he is thrown head over heels, literally, during an impromptu beach wrestling match with strong-willed Madeleine, a girl wholly intent on joining an elite army regiment. When Arnaud happens into a job building a garden shed for her parents, he falls further in love with the intense, solemn-faced, apocalypse preaching, sardine guzzling paratrooper-wannabe. In fact, he is so enamored, he follows her to a two-week boot camp training session, the ultimate test not just of their survival skills, but of their potential romance. This crowd-pleaser has serious cinematic chops, and an ending that will leave feminists with plenty to talk about.