A Single Girl

on October 30, 1996 by Ed Scheid
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In a Parisian cafe, Valerie (Virginie Ledoyen) tells her boyfriend (Benoit Magimel) that she's pregnant; they quarrel. Unsure of her future, the young woman starts her first day of work in a nearby hotel, where she delivers room-service orders. She has promised to continue the conversation with her boyfriend when she has a break.
Valerie's subsequent on-the-job experiences are filmed in uninterrupted real time. Ledoyen's face subtly shows Valerie's conflicting feelings and indecision, giving the film substantial human interest and keeping it from becoming a dry cinematic exercise. As Valerie delivers trays to guests, she's preoccupied with how she'll deal with her own situation, yet events in the hotel ironically comment on the pregnancy. A drama about the daily routine of a contemporary young woman, "A Single Girl" is unexpectedly intriguing. Starring Virginie Ledoyen. Directed and co-written by Benoit Jacquot. A Strand release. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 90 min. Opens 10/30 NY.
Tags: Virginie Ledoyen, Benoit Magimel, Benoit Jacquot, French, foreign
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