Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Overeater

Year: 2003
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 88 minutes

A sophisticated, complex Beauty and the Beast, THE OVEREATER revolves around a very strange relationship. Commissioner Selena is both powerful (he oversees the police in Marseilles) and enormous. He eats to fill the emptiness inside him. He eats for pleasure, in anger, and out of great need. At some point his gluttony will find a perverse purpose: he meets Elsa, a lovely young woman accused of murdering her uncle. Instead of putting her in jail, the Commish strikes a deal: he will not indict her as long as she comes to his house every evening for a year to "share" a meal. His solitary gluttony now has a nightly witness, at first unbearable for both of them. But over time, Elsa relaxes in his presence, and begins to tell her story. A strange kind of comfort settles in between the two, and a fragile relationship develops. Meanwhile, the police investigate the strange arrangement, and start closing in. (In French with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Thierry Binisti, Tonino Benacquista, Xavier Maurel

Producer
Jean-Louis Livi

Cinematography
Dominique Boulleret

Editing
Jean-Paul Husson

Principal Cast
Eric Cantona, Rachida Brakni, Caroline Silhol, Richard Bohringer, Jocelyn Quivrin

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