Our next film is set in the neighborhood of Les Olympiades, a high-rise housing development located in the working-class 13th district, the primary quartier asiatique of Paris. The story concerns the intersections of life and love in a quartet of young people who come from diverse backgrounds. Director Jacques Audiard gives us a unique insight into streets and subcultures not often seen in film adaptations of la vie Parisienne.

Screen the film at home on Amazon or other popular streaming services, and then join Joelle Pluchon and Peter Zingg at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 8 for a bilingual discussion on Zoom.

Here’s an article about how Audiard adapted an American graphic artist’s short stories into a Parisian fable (CONTAINS SPOILERS).

And a little tour (en français) of Tang Frères (the biggest Asian market in Paris) with Frédéric Chau, a French-Asian actor who has made several other films on the 13e arrondissement.

Film Details

Original title / Titre originale: Les Olympiades (2022)
Running time / Durée: 1h46m
Genres: Drama, Romance
Directed by / Réalisé par: Jacques Audiard
Casting: Noémie Merlant, Makita Samba, Lucie Zhang, Jehnny Beth, Geneviève Doang
Stream it online / Regarder sur: Hulu, AMC+ Amazon Channel, AMC+ Roku Premium Channel, AMC+, DIRECTV, Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Vudu, Microsoft Store, DIRECTV

Paris 13e, quartier des Olympiades. Émilie rencontre Camille qui est attiré par Nora qui elle-même croise le chemin d’Amber. Trois filles et un garçon. Ils sont amis, parfois amants, souvent les deux.

Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses paths with Amber. Three girls and a boy – They’re friends, sometimes lovers and often both.


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