There's something strange about Nathalie, the girl on the brink of maturity. She regularly causes uneasy situations by coming up with all kinds of dubious stories: that her handball-playing Spanish fiancé has had an accident, that she has a relationship with a lawyer in London, that she likes to cut the nails of her piano-playing married boyfriend, that she is really called Eve. In the meantime, she works for a baker in a village in the French countryside. She spies on an older married man with a small child in a mansion. Slowly but surely, the mystery unfolds. The suspense is carried by powerful visuals, pregnant with symbolism: two similar pillows on a bed, an ice-cream scoop in a murky washing-up basin, two pairs of hands on a piano, a girl's hand rummaging in a bucket of snails, cutting fingernails until they bleed, teasingly feeding red strawberries to a baby, killing a persistent, randy dog with a stone in the night.
Be Good is the directing début by Juliette Garcias (1970), who studied art history at the Sorbonne in Paris before editing many features and documentaries. She has a wonderful eye for detail with which she communicates the drama indirectly and insistently, and a great talent for directing actors, as a result of which the ethereal young Anaïs Demoustier is able to play a glorious role.

International title
Be Good
Filmmaker
Juliette Garcias
Premiere
European premiere
Country
France, Denmark
Year
2008
Medium
35mm
Length
90’
Language
French
Producer
Marianne Slot, Marie Gade
Production Company
Slot Machine, Zentropa Entertainments
Sales
TrustNordisk
Writer
Juliette Garcias
Cinematography
Julien Hirsch
Editor
Catherine Vilpoux
Production Design
Olivier Guerbois
Sound Design
Yolande Decarsin
Music
Kasper Winding, Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Cast
Anais Demoustier
Website
http://www.trustnordisk.com/film/2008-be-good