KUNG-FU MASTER

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KUNG-FU MASTER

Agnès Varda
F, 1987
80min, OmeU

KUNG-FU MASTER

Agnès Varda
F, 1987
, 80min, OmeU

Cast: 
Jane Birkin
Mathieu Demy
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Lou Doillon
Gary Chekchak
Cyril Houplain
Franck Laurent
Aurélien Hermant
Jérémie Luntz
Thomas Bensaïd
Pénélope Pourriat
Ninon Vinsonneau
Bégonia Leis
Éva Simonet
Judy Campbell
David Birkin
Andrew Birkin
André Six
Suzanne Seguin

Production: 
Ciné-Tamaris
World Sales: 
Distribution in Austria: 
35 mm/Farbe

Mary-Jane asks, \"Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?\" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 15, small and brassy, but she sees a sensitive side. She contrives to spend time with him and lets him know she's available to him. He's on the cusp between child and man, alternating between playing a video game, Kung-Fu Master, where he tries to rescue Sylvie, and joining friends in bluff talk about sexual exploits. As Lucy realizes what is happening, she's repulsed, but Mary-Jane, encouraged by her own mother, carries on. Is it love or jealousy of lost youth? Is there any way this can end well?
Varda's son stars in this bittersweet film about an intergenerational relationship between a 40-year old divorcée and her daughter's classmate, Julien, obsessed with the eponymous video game. As the two endure a perilous affair, the film emphasizes the exhilaration of a romantic crush and an adolescent's coming of age.