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A Young Poet

71 minutes 2014

In this 2014 French drama, writer-director Damien Manivel draws an analogy between the writer's block of a callow young man and his feeling of being stuck between childhood and adulthood. Rémi Taffanel plays the aspiring poet of the title, and he closely resembles Manivel (who is also a former dancer and circus performer). Navel-gazing about the artist's struggle abounds, culminating in the protagonist sitting on a cemetery bench and wondering aloud, "What's the point?" The poet traipses through the seaside town of Sète, looking for seeds of creativity in strangers, the ocean, and alcohol; his exchanges with the townspeople can be cute and even touching, but you may roll your eyes at some of the dialogue. In French with subtitles.

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