Isild Le bescoÀ tout de suite (Right Away)
Benoît Jacquot, 2004; 96m

In part an homage to the French New Wave as well as "gangster and girl on the run" pictures like Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, Benoit Jacquot's À tout de suite (Right Now) is a period piece that, despite the fact that it's based on a true story "lived" by Elisabeth Fanger in 1975, could really take place in almost any era. Strongly acted, directed and shot, À tout de suite is sure to be one of the highlights of this year's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema which kicks off Today in New York (more info at the end of this review).

The nameless 19 year-old heroine (referred to as Lili in press notes, but not in the film), winsomely played by French ingénue Isild Le Besco, maintains a bourgeois lifestyle, going to art school and living with her father and older sister. Her main act of rebellion is in sneaking her friend into her apartment each night and out again each morning.