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A New Life

Olivier Assayas
Une nouvelle vie
France 1993 / 117’
subtitles: Polish and English
Paris Awakens Cold Water

In Assayas' latest film the characters are also followed closely and intensely. Emotional twists in the story are notexplained; people fling themselves passionately and consciously into disaster and only allow themselves to be led by passion, hate and jealousy. With Une Nouvelle Vie Assayas again proves himself to be one of the most important contemporary French film-makers.Twenty-year-old Tina has never met her father and knows nothing about him. She has been raised, for better and worse, by her unstable mother and now cares for the rest of the family. She gets little support from her boyfriend Fred. When her mother unexpectedly shows her a photo of her father with no further explanation, Tina's life changes completely. She makes a clean break with her present life and starts an emotional and enervating quest for her father.When Tina finds her father's house, she first meets Lisa, who is about her own age and turns out to be a half-sister. Lisa has a perverse relationship with a friend and business associate Constantin. Tina, brought up in poverty, dives into Lisa's luxurious life. That is the start of a series of crucial events. The confrontation with her father is painful; he rejects Tina harshly. Then she has an affair with Constantin, who - temporarily - leaves his girlfriend for her.

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Olivier Assayas

Born in Paris in 1955, Olivier Assayas is the son of screenwriter Jacques Rémy (whose real name was Raymond Assayas). It was at his father’s side that Olivier took his first steps in the industry while still a teenager. He began making his first short amateur films a little while later. At the same time, he launched his career as a film critic, writing for the famous Cahiers du cinéma. He made his full-length debut with Disorder in 1986. Since then, he has made a number of films that have ensured him a position as one of the most important directors in European cinema. His most acclaimed works include Irma Vep, Something in the Air (an award winner for best screenplay at the Venice Festival) and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Selected filmography

1986 Bezład / Désordre / Disorder

1989 Zimowe dziecko / L’enfant de l’hiver / Winter’s Child

1991 Paryż się budzi / Paris s’éveille / Paris Awakens

1993 Nowe życie / Une nouvelle vie / A New Life

1994 Zimna woda / L’eau froide / Cold Water

1996 Irma Vep

1998 Koniec sierpnia, początek września / Fin août, début septembre / Late August, Early September

2000 Ścieżki uczuć / Les destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies

2002 Demonlover

2004 Czysta / Clean

2007 Przejście / Boarding Gate

2008 Pewnego lata / L’heure d’été / Summer Hours

2010 Carlos (TV series)

2012 Po maju / Après mai / Something in the Air

2014 Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria 

2016 Personal Shopper

2018 Doubles vies / Non-Fiction

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Assayas
screenplay Olivier Assayas
cinematography Denis Lenoir
editing Luc Barnier
cast Sophie Aubry, Judith Godrèche, Bernard Giraudeau
producer Bruno Pesery
production BFI, arte, France Cinema, Canal+, Telefilm Canada
language French
colouration colour