Just a Sigh

Just a Sigh

Just a Sigh

A chance encounter between two middle-aged passengers begins this Parisian romance, told in real time. Alix (Emmanuelle Devos), on her way to audition for a film, meets a mysterious English stranger (Gabriel Byrne). She follows him, loves him, for a few hours, before facing what could be a new life.

"Young and versatile director Jérôme Bonnell (Le Chignon d’Olga) tells a real-time story with a particular sense for detail. Reminiscent of François Truffaut’s The Woman Next Door, the film captures vivid insights of a burning love evolving between two characters, wonderfully brought together by Bonnell’s down-to-earth approach." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2013Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity101 minsFrance, Belgium, IrelandFrench and English with English subtitles
DramaRomance

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Reviews & comments

In the heart of a Parisian summer day

This film delicately captures the feelings of its main characters finding themselves at a crossroads in their lives. By tightening the plot on a single day, "Just A Sigh" increases the intimacy of the film while delivering a beautiful portrait of a woman. It unfolds slowly, taking the viewer into a rhythm of full and hollow, of hunger and pleasure,...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A tonally heterogeneous but emotionally coherent dramedy centered around a beautifully modulated turn by Devos.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You may complain that [it's] episodic to cohere and that Alix's eccentricities are plot mechanisms. But to me, this fateful day-in-the-life feels believable.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The connection that these two are allegedly making must be taken on faith. Little is shown or spoken to sell it.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Never quite sustains its double-sided tone, but the Franglais performances are top-notch.

Variety

Variety

press

A tonally heterogeneous but emotionally coherent dramedy centered around a beautifully modulated turn by Devos.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

You may complain that [it's] episodic to cohere and that Alix's eccentricities are plot mechanisms. But to me, this fateful day-in-the-life feels believable.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

The connection that these two are allegedly making must be taken on faith. Little is shown or spoken to sell it.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Never quite sustains its double-sided tone, but the Franglais performances are top-notch.

In the heart of a Parisian summer day

This film delicately captures the feelings of its main characters finding themselves at a crossroads in their lives. By tightening the plot on a single day, "Just A Sigh" increases the intimacy of the film while delivering a beautiful portrait of a woman. It unfolds slowly, taking the viewer into a rhythm of full and hollow, of hunger and pleasure,...

3.0