4 Days in France

Jours de France

Director: Jérôme Reybaud
2016 | France | 141m
GENRE: Drama | Gay | Relationships | Romance | Sexuality
SECTION: World Cinema
Expected Guests: Director, Jérôme Reybaud

Ambitious, sexy, and dryly humorous, 4 Days in France delineates a 36-year-old’s quest to see if the grass is greener away from his lover and their life together in Paris. One morning, after taking a look at his sleeping boyfriend, Paul, Pierre slips out of their flat and into a white Alfa Romeo that will take him through various hamlets and Alpine regions of France. With a hastily packed bag and his trusty iPhone, he looks for hookups on Grindr while traversing the stunning countryside. However, nothing is private in this modern age, and Paul, mystified and upset by Pierre’s disappearance, uses the dating app to track and follow him. Thus, Jérôme Reybaud’s witty debut alternates between being a languid chase film, a gorgeous road-trip movie, and a whimsical ode to sex with strangers.

From young Matthieu, stuck in a small town and longing for Paris, to a philosophical traveling salesman, to a solitary female bookseller, there’s a chord of discontent among the men and women Pierre and Paul encounter, a suggestion that neither city nor country living, monogamy nor polyamory, can bring happiness. But as many people know, travel broadens the mind, and sometimes it’s better to look up at the glorious scenery passing by than down at one’s phone, because — as Pierre comes to realize — that special person we’re looking for may be just around the bend.

— ROD ARMSTRONG

WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM
Consulat Général de France à San Francisco

  • Language: In French with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: West Coast