Convinced "35 is the expiry date for actresses," aspiring actress Emma decides to wrap it up on that birthday, one week away. Her life, that is, not just her career plans. But fate takes a hand when she encounters handsome, love-shy, and trés eccentric funeral director Alex.
As she approaches 35, humiliations are piling up for Emma Peeters (Monia Chokri). Even the one thing that is going right—she's a great salesperson of television sets—is mortifying, because she's trying to be an actress. (Being named Employee of the Month at the drab big-box store where she works outrages her.) She's recognized for one stupid detergent commercial; her lame acting class isn't helping; and, since she believes "35 is the expiry date for actresses," she decides she may as well end it all. While working through her to-do list in her final week—making funeral plans and arranging one last sexytime—she meets a slightly goony mortician, Alex (Fabrice Adde), who may be able to help her cross off both of those. Nicole Palo's direction and script for this insouciant, oh-so-French comedy is funniest when it's sending up the acting profession: acting-class satires are never not funny, and Alex shows Emma how to bull-MERDE her way through an industry party. And considering the premise leaves open only two possible endings—Emma either follows through with her plan or doesn't—it's impressive how adroitly Palo keeps the surprises aloft in the film's final act.
Nicole Palo is a Belgian-American writer and director. Having studied journalism at the Universite de Bruxelles, Palo attended film school in Denmark before producing documentaries at the European Union MEDIA Programme. She both wrote and directed her first short film Anna Does Not Know (2006) and debut feature Get Born (2008).
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- Director: Nicole Palo
- Principal Cast: Monia Chokri, Fabrice Adde, Stephanie Crayencour, Andrea Ferreol, Anne Sylvain
- Country: Belgium, Canada
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 87 minutes
- Producer: Gregory Zalcman, Alon Knoll, Serge Noel
- Screenplay: Nicole Palo
- Cinematographers: Tobie Marier Robitaille
- Editors: Frederique Broos
- Music: Robert Marcel Lepage
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Monte-Carlo Film Festival 2019 (Best Director)
- Filmography: Get Born (2009)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: True Colours Glorious Films