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A fearless, powerhouse performance by Laetitia Dosch infuses every frame of „Montparnasse Bienvenue“, the kinetic, incident-packed portrait of rudderless yet resilient Paula, a 31-year-old woman in emotional free-fall.

This first film by writer-director Léonor Serraille is full of snap and surprises as energetic scatterbrain Paula ricochets from situation to situation after getting dumped by a lover – her former teacher and prominent photographer Joachim – with whom she lived for a decade.

The title is that of the large public-transport hub serving the Paris neighborhood Paula wanders with a few possessions, essentially homeless. Since she’s both irresponsible and resourceful, she bounces from temporary crash pad to cheap hotel to modest but acceptable lodgings. Paula has one blue eye and one brown eye, a trait that leads to one of many intriguing episodes.

No normally constituted person would want to live with Paula, but it’s a memorable experience to share her life for 97 minutes of screen time.