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Love at First Fight | Review

Once Bitten: Cailley’s Unique Exploration of Summer Lovin’

Since premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up the Fipresci Prize in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, Thomas Cailley’s directorial debut, Love at First Fight has been treated to generous critical acclaim. Nabbing three César Awards in February, including for Best First Film, Most Promising Actor, and a Best Actress award for Adele Haenel (trumping competition that included Juliette Binoche and Marion Cotillard). Basically a romantically inclined drama that subverts its conventions by playing around a bit with gender norms, its winning protagonists make this strangely and unpredictably funny film quite charming. Its original title, Les Combattants literally means The Fighters, which would have been much preferred to the horrid English language surrogate.

With their father recently deceased, brothers Manu (Antoine Laurent) and Arnaud Labrede (Kevin Azais) are forced to take over the family woodcutting factory, which

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