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by Dhanu (subscribe)
Studying media/law at UNSW. Can't decide between being a journalist like Clark Kent, a lawyer like Elle Woods or running an inn like Lorelai Gilmore. Until then...I write.
Published May 22nd 2013
If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Would you make the same decisions?

40-something Camille experiences this rare opportunity in French film Camille Rewinds. In the midst of a divorce and a constant struggle with alcoholism, Camille finds herself collapsing at a high school reunion on New Year's Eve. When she regains consciousness, she is bewildered to find that she is 16 again, living with her parents and attending high school.

camille rewinds film review
Camille Rewinds


It is amusing to watch as she stumbles awkwardly through her new-old teenage life - the fights with her parents, the nastiness of teenage girls and the confusion that teenage boys bring. She meets Eric, her husband of 25 years who will later leave her for another woman. Will she follow the same path that she took before?

camille rewinds film review
Camille with her parents - myfrenchfilmfestival.com


It's not all fun, as the story of second chances deals with regrets and nostalgia that is at times heart-breaking. Particularly moving is the way Camille treasures her parents and savours the relationship and time she has with them. In typical French film fashion, the movie is blunt and honesty in its emotions and comedy. It's worth watching, but I recommend a box of tissues.

Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble) is completely in French, with English subtitles. It is currently playing at the Ritz Cinema Randwick.
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