Love at First Fight

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France | 2014 | 98 minutes | Thomas Cailley

Over one summer in small-town France, a docile young woodcutter and a comely survivalist enlist in an army boot camp, where they exchange acerbic barbs, stolen kisses, and flying fists in this refreshing coming-of-age story. Winner of multiple awards at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the Césars.

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Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs, Césars 2015 Best Rising Actor) recently lost his father, and was planning on spending a quiet summer working at his job as a woodcutter and spending time with some close friends. He didn’t have a clue he was going to meet the love of his life. Madeleine is a survivalist, believing that the end of the world is near; she dramatically trains for the apocalypse. Running, swimming, eating raw fish, she even registers for intense military training—and Arnaud, determined to be with her at any cost, signs up as well. A revelation of the 2015 César Awards, Love at First Fight is an incredibly original and powerful debut feature by Thomas Cailley, who perfectly captures the eccentric energy that flows around this rough and tumble love story.

Director Biography
Born in 1980, Thomas Cailley is a French director and writer. He is known for Paris Shanghai (2011), Baba Noël (2012), and Fighters (2014).

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  • Original Language Title: Les Combattants
  • Director: Thomas Cailley
  • Principal Cast: Adèle Haenel, Kevin Azaïs, Antoine Laurent, Nicolas Wanczycki
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Pierre Guyard
  • Screenplay: Thomas Cailley, Claude Le Pape
  • Cinematographers: David Cailley
  • Editors: Lilian Corbeille
  • Music: Hit’N’Run
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2014 (FIPRESCI Award), César Awards 2015 (Best Debut Feature, Best Rising Actor, Best Actress)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: BAC Films