Jeanne and the Perfect Guy

Friday, January 14, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ducastel and Martineau's first film, Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (Jeanne et le garçon formidable, 1998) tells the story of a young working-class woman, unhappy in romance, who falls in love with an HIV+ man. Influenced by musicals such as Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the film unexpectedly but effectively uses song and dance to explore the harsh realities affecting the treatment of immigrants and people with HIV in contemporary France. Jeanne et le garçon formidable was nominated for both a Golden Bear at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival and a César in 1999.