The Restless

  • Joachim Lafosse
  • Belgium, Luxembourg, France
  • 2021
  • 118'
  • Les Intranquilles

Art restorer Leïla and painter Damien are deeply in love. However, Damien’s big, loud and unpredictable character is becoming increasingly burdensome for the exhausted Leïla and their young son, who still adores his spontaneous and fun dad. Inspired by the author’s growing up with a bipolar father, The Restless is an intimate, authentic tale about the complex dynamics of a family caught in the spiral of psychological illness. Lafosse’s stirring romance drama competed for the Palm d’Or and marks his fourth appearance at ZFF (Keep Going – PLUS programme Best Film, The White Knights, Our Children).

Subtitles: EN, HR

Joachim Lafosse

Renowned Belgian director and scriptwriter, known for films about complex and taboo topics. Our Children (2012) premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, earning Émilie Dequenne the award for best actress. With The White Knights (2015) Lafosse won the award for best director at San Sebastián, garnering critical attention with After Love (2016) and Keep Going (2018).

The Restless

Joachim Lafosse
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Leïla Bekhti, Damien Bonnard, Gabriel Merz Chammah, Patrick Descamps, Jules Waringo, Alexandre Gavras
Jean-François Hensgens
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Anton Iffland-Stettner, Eva Kuperman, Jani Thiltges, Alexandre Gavras, Antonino Lombardo
Stenola Productions, Samsa Film, KG Productions, Prime Time
Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival 2021; San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival 2021; Warsaw Film Festival 2021; São Paulo Int'l Film Festival 2021

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