Dunkirk, northern France, February 1998. It's carnival season a month and a half of festivities, parades, and songs that turns the city upside down. After a violent argument with his father, Larbi has decided to flee the family gas station, to start a new life in the southern city of Marseille. Forced to spend one last night in Dunkirk, he shelters in a doorway where he is disturbed by Béa and Christian, a tipsy carnival couple returning from a ball. Larbi is charmed by Béa, and decides to stick around for a few days, to try his luck... only the carnival could make such an encounter possible.
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I liked the subject a great deal. It's a love story that takes place during the carnival in Dunkirk, a town that has an amazingly popular carnival, unique in France. Thomas Vincent had already made two shorts. Our work together on "Karnaval" led to true friendship. If producing a film also produces another friend, so much the better. I like the film enormously, and people who have already seen it have given it a good reception. If features a great young actress, Sylvie Testud. She's already well known in Germany, though not in France. But I predict she'll have a great future here, too. Being a producer means discovering talent - by which I also mean the other two actors, Clovis Cornillac, who is better known in the legitimate theater, and Amar Ben Abdellah, who hadn't ever acted in a film. Together they make an extraordinary trio. I've got a soft spot for this film because we really did a good job on the casting. We really worked to find the right people, took our time, thought about each role free from financial pressures.
(Alain Rozanes - producer)