Emma Peeters


Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 87 minutes

Stranger Says: A woman struggling to make it as an actor in working-class Paris is starting to wonder if she will ever get a break. She takes acting classes where she is overlooked for the young hotties, lives in a tiny apartment, works an unsatisfying sales job, and does ineffectual singing bowl therapy. Since she hates everything about her life, she decides to kill herself on her 35th birthday, “the expiration date for actresses.” She begins working her way through her list of things to do before she dies, like giving away her stuff and having more sex. The film has a European, lighthearted sensibility and is full of somewhat dark absurdist comedy. It isn’t the depressing story you would think from hearing the plot, and there is a refreshing through line of respecting her decision to not live anymore. (GILLIAN ANDERSON)

SIFF Says: 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.


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Film Credits
Nicole Palo
Monia Chokri, Fabrice Adde, Stéphanie Crayencour, Andréa Ferréol, Anne Sylvain
SIFF 2019