Solitary teenager Esther (Tallulah Cassavetti) has spent her summer engaged in an intensely sexual affair with a visiting beach lothario (Corentin Fila), and follows him to Paris in the hope of sustained romance. Instead, she finds herself alone and lost in the city at night. Up to this point, Gold For Dogs seems to be exploring – boldly and with considerable stylistic brilliance – some fairly familiar terrain in French cinema, previously mapped out by Catherine Breillat among others. But when Esther finds an unlikely refuge, we realise that Cambet is presenting something truly original. This witty, mischievous comedy-drama takes the female coming-of-age narrative in a new direction – with Cassavetti’s daring, exuberantly individual lead announcing the arrival of a magnetically watchable new presence.

Jonathan Romney

Sales WTFILMS

Aged 16-25? Get £5 tickets now to see this film on BFI Player. Sign up for your free 25 & Under account.

The Journey strand is supported by

This show is sponsored by American Airlines