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Review & Interviews / “L’Envol” (2022) by Pietro Marcello with Louis Garrel and Juliette Jouan


The director of Martin Eden returns to theaters on Wednesday, January 11 with Flight, his new feature film. The opinion and film review of Bulles de Culture as well as our interviews with the director and two of his actors, Louis Garrel and Juliette Jouan.


Somewhere in the North of France, Juliette grows up alone with her father, Raphaël, a soldier who survived the First World War. Passionate about singing and music, the solitary young girl meets a magician one summer who promises her that scarlet sails will come one day to take her away from her village. Juliette will never stop believing in the prophecy.

Flight : a film full of poetry

Once again, Pietro Marcello adapts a somewhat obscure work of literature (The Scarlet Sails by Alexandre Grine) and appropriates it completely to make it his own, even if it means changing many elements, like the character played by Louis Garrelan airman who was not in the source material.

Located in the countryside of northern France after the First World War, Flight follows Juliet (Juliette Jouan), a young orphan of mother who lives with Raphaël (Raphael Thiery), his Great War veteran father. One day, by the river, a witch predicts that “scarlet sails” will arrive to take her far away…

The strength of the director, coming from the documentary school, is to offer a film full of poetry, both old-fashioned and modern, realistic and dreamlike.

Our opinion ?

Of undeniable formal beauty, Flight touches by his words and especially by the portrait he makes of both the emancipation of a young girl and a very young actress, certainly full of future in the profession.

Video interviews of the director and actors

Bulles de Culture met the director Pietro Marcello and the actors Louis Garrel and Juliette Jouanin early January in Paris, to discuss their work.

This video meeting can be found at the beginning of the article.

Learn more:

  • Flight
    Directed by: Pietro Marcello
    Cast: Raphaël Thiéry, Juliette Jouan, Louis Garrel, Noémie Lvovsky
  • Release date France: 11/01/2023
  • Distribution France: The pact

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