A Tout de Suite (2004): Benoit Jacquot’s Tale of Love on the Run

Shot in black and white on digital video, “A Tout de Suit” is set in 1975, but it feels contemporary, or perhaps even timeless.

Benoit Jacquot’s tale of lovers on the run pays homage to such classic amour fou tales as Bonnie and Clyde, They Live By Night, Badlands, and Pierrot le Fou, and others.

Isild Le Besco plays the nameless heroine, an art student living with her sister and father, who falls hard for a charming Moroccan. After he and a friend rob a bank and use her room as a hideaway, they persuade the young woman and another girl to join them on the run, taking their loot first to Madrid, then Tangiers.

When they are forced to flee to Greece, the story takes a more somber turn. Told in an breezy and fluent style that matches its tone, the film is reminiscent of early New Wave films.

Jacquot blends effectively period documentary footage to evoke the 1970s, and though the elements of his saga may be familiar, it’s the look and tone of the film that makes it a distinctive work.


Cinema Guild release
A selection of the 2004 Cannes and Toronto International Film Fests.
Running time: 96 Minutes