(Vincent n'a pas d'ecailles)
(France, 2014, 77 mins, DCP)
CAST Thomas Salvador, Vimala Pons, Youssef Hajdi, Nicolas Jaillet, Nina Meurisse
PROD Julie Salvador
SCR Thomas Salvador, Thomas Cheysson, Thomas Bidegain
CAM Alexis Kavyrchine
ED Guillaume Saignol
PROD DES Samantha Mugnier
PROD CO Christmas in July


Here’s a movie in which superpowers are not something to be flaunted among explosions and big-budget effects, but portrayed as a trait that brings pain as well as joy. It’s the tale of Vincent, played by writer-director Thomas Salvador. On land, he’s a fish out of water, uncomfortable and nervous. But watch him swimming alone in the river, and what you’ll see is amazing. Salvador has done something unique: he’s turned the superhero movie into small-scale drama. The film is full of suspense and spectacle, but never at the expense of emotion.

The true wonder of Vincent’s powers is how natural they’re made to seem. We see the water ripple in the sun, hear its quiet murmurs as it flows, and in this serene setting our hero leaps and dives like a dolphin: it’s fantasy brought down to earth, the supernatural made natural. Alongside this beauty is the tragedy of a man forced to hide the greatest part of himself. He may leap onto bridges and rocket through the vast sea, but in the end Vincent is human above all else, and his story makes for a one-of-a-kind film.

"A very pleasant surprise… Salvador carefully constructs his narrative… making a film of adult sensibility out of what’s normally a story for adolescent boys.”—Jay Weissberg, Variety

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