Pietro Marcello, one of contemporary cinema’s most versatile talents, follows up his dramatic breakthrough Martin Eden with this enchanting period fable. Shortly after World War I, veteran Raphaël (Raphaël Thiery) returns home from the frontlines to find himself a widower, and father to an infant daughter. Raised by her father in rural Normandy, the child Juliette (Juliette Jouan) grows into a lonely young woman who dreams of greater possibilities. She seeks refuge in the nearby woods, where she meets a witch who promises scarlet sails will one day take her away from her village. Reckoning with her future and swept away by a rakish young pilot (Louis Garrel) who literally falls from the sky, Juliette never stops believing in the witch’s prophecy. Tracing Juliette’s journey throughout the 20 years of great invention between the world wars, Scarlet delicately weaves together music and fantasy, history and folklore, realist drama and ethereal romance, to craft a timeless story of a young woman’s emancipation.
Q&A with director Pietro Marcello (courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center and New York Film Festival)
- Pietro Marcello - Director
- Juliette Jouan - Actor
- Raphaël Thiéry - Actor
- Noémie Lvovsky - Actor
- Louis Garrel - Actor
"Expansive, visually adventurous... filled with lyrical beauty, acts of barbarism, moments of magic and unexpected hope."
“Pietro Marcello is a wonderful, provocative, and imaginative director. Scarlet, his magical follow up to the breakthrough Martin Eden, is a fable infused with music, history and longing.’’
“A kind of very modern throwback, mixing a certain kind of modern Italian style with the dream of French cinema of old.”
“Rembrandt-esque... illustrated with a fierce and breathtaking beauty.”
“A charming French language fable… recalls the work of Jacques Demy.”
“Gossamer-airy and enchanting… Marcello aces another high-end literary adaptation.”
“A tiny gem that evokes a feeling of gentle transcendence... leaves you love drunk and enraptured by journey’s end."
“A decade-spanning story of family, small town politics, and romance… recalls everything from Jean de Florette to The Princess Bride.”
“Marcello’s inventive direction whisks us away to a time and place that we experience as if we were actually there.”
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