Whilst gender disparity remains in almost all worldwide cinema, it’s fair to say that French directors are much more included to give female actors leading roles. It’s hardly surprising when you consider the wealth of talent they have at their disposal. Catherine Deneuve, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Mélanie Laurent and Clémence Poésy are all at the top of their game. Whilst Virginie Efira is less well known, In Bed with Victoria demonstrates that she’s a formidable talent.
Victoria (Efira) is a lawyer who’s struggling to raise her two girls after an acrimonious split with her husband (Laurent Poitrenaux). When her friend Vincent (Melvil Poupaud) is accused of stabbing his partner, she very reluctantly agrees to represent him. In desperate need of a babysitter, she takes a former client (Vincent Lacoste) up on his offer of assistance in exchange for helping him become a lawyer. However, when she discovers her ex-husband’s creative writing blog is far too familiar and after a string of failed sexual encounters, she’s on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
In Bed with Victoria is a fizzy comedy drama about human relationships. It received a strong of nominations at last year’s Césars and Efira won a Margitte award for Best Actress. Justine Triet’s second narrative feature demonstrates an assured confidence and an eye for style. Visually, it’s impressive. And whilst much of the plotline is purposely far-fetched, it retains a sense of honestly and authenticity. In Bed with Victoria is a quirky and funny comedy which applies drama in light sprinklings.
In Bed with Victoria is out in cinemas from Friday.