French writer-director Rebecca Zlotowski conjures up a spellbinding sojourn in present-day Paris.
Taking its cue from the famous song by The Beatles
, this is a closely observed portrait of a Jewish teenager, Prudence Friedmann, who, following the sudden death of her mother, takes leave of her sheltered bourgeois background to explore the wild side of life.
As she takes in the sights and sounds - the blare of horns, of roaring engines, the shimmer of lights and the camaraderie of the bikers and girlfriends she has taken up with - Prudence discovers a stranger who will change her life and force her to re-discover her own place in the world.
Léa Seydoux (last seen in Inglourious Basterds
and Robin Hood
) delivers a hypnotic performance as Prudence in a remarkably assured feature début that is as much an intimate portrait of loss and connection as a spine-tingling cautionary tale shot through with moments of pure joy.