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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

France | 98 minutes | 2021

A Radiant Girl

North American Premiere

Set in Paris in the summer of 1942, 19-year-old Jewish girl Irène is an aspiring actress, full of the joys of life. Crazy about all things theatre, she’s working as a theatre usher while rehearsing Marivaux with a view to getting a conservatoire place. She’s also discovering the joys of love, receiving declarations from one gauche young suitor while yearning for her stage partner, then falling for a doctor’s assistant — even pretending to have bad eyesight in order to revisit the clinic for prescription glasses. She’s also experiencing fainting fits while practicing stage fainting for her performances. Irène’s faints may be a symptom of her uncontainable soul. Her restless exuberance both infuriates and delights the members of her secular Jewish family. Things seem like they couldn’t be rosier for Irène — but perhaps her happiness is simply a form of denial, and she’s simply dancing on the proverbial edge of a volcano. Intimations of what lies ahead for French Jews come at first in incidental asides, then become more evident and threatening, as the family is obliged to hand in their radio, their bicycle, and finally their telephone, eventually forced to wear the yellow star on their clothes.

Director's Bio

Directed by Sandrine Kiberlain

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Sandrine Kiberlain is a French actress and singer. She is a recipient of the César for Best Actress and her work has additionally received numerous nominations at prestigious festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, as well as the Lumiere Awards. A Radiant Girl is Sandrine's feature film debut.

Cast and Credits


Sandrine Kiberlain


Sandrine Kiberlain


Guillaume Schiffman


François Gédigier


Rebecca Marder, André Marcon, Anthony Bajon

Film Info






98 minutes


French with English subtitles
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