A Paris Education (Mes Provinciales)

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Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It's a seemingly idyllic life of the mind - until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude. Shooting in timeless black and white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema - from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov - Jean Paul Civeyrac conjures a bittersweet ode to the heady days of student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave


  • Andranic Manet
  • Diane Rouxel
  • Jenna Thiam
  • Gonzague Van Bervesseles
  • Corentin Fila
  • Nicolas Bouchaud
  • Charlotte Van Bervesseles
  • Sophie Verbeeck
  • Christine Brücher
  • Grigori Manoukov

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Feb 14, 2020

Strongly performed by a fresh-faced cast, A Paris Education is familiar and doesn’t completely grip, but is an enjoyable celebration all the good things in life; films, arguing about films, friendship, love, politics and Paris.

Metacritic review by Ian Freer
Ian Freer
Aug 30, 2018

Whether or not the thought of following a self-absorbed wannabe filmmaker for 136 minutes has you buzzing with excitement, A Paris Education is a wonderfully anachronistic homage to a timeless, New Wave-style world filled with cinephiles, lovers, and great films. It’s a universe as self-centered as it is endlessly fascinating.

Metacritic review by Leonardo Goi
Leonardo Goi
The Film Stage
Aug 28, 2018

As anachronistic as A Paris Education may seem (a running time of 136 minutes doesn’t always help matters, either), there’s a conviction to the storytelling that can’t be denied, and no matter what your tastes are, it’s hard not to be moved by Etienne’s struggle to find his voice amid so much doubt and disillusion.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter