ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL – HEAR ME OUT

Rating: M
Length: 93 mins
Cast: Pascal Elbé, Sandrine Kiberlain, François Berléand, Emmanuelle Devos, Valérie Donzelli, Marthe Villalonga, Antoine Gouy, Cladia Tagbo, Manon Lemoine

“I made a movie about being hard of hearing because I lost some hearing several years ago. I decided to make a comedy on this subject.” – Pascal Elbé.

This romantic comedy is centered around Antoine (Pascal Elbé, Knock, AF FFF18) a history professor in his early 50s, who discovers he is losing his hearing. Unable to own up to his disability and his attempts to disguise it only resulting in those around him finding his behaviour increasingly odd, he resigns himself to living in his bubble. An encounter with Claire, a widow whose daughter is mute, gives him the strength to open up to the world again.

In addition to being behind the camera, Pascal Elbé plays the main character in this very personal film. For his third movie as a director, he surrounds himself with a strong cast: Sandrine Kiberlain (French Tech, AF FFF22), François Berléand (How to Be a Good Wife AF FFF20), Valérie Donzelli (Notre Dame, AF FFF20), to name a few.

This well-rounded cast of Hear Me Out deliver a touching exploration of the risks and rewards of revealing our vulnerabilities and that shows there’s no shame is asking for help. Dealing with the universal themes of change, difference, and communication, Elbé explores the lighter side of understanding one’s self and in turn being understood.

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