Cinema Guild is releasing writer-director Jérôme Reybaud’s acclaimed feature debut 4 Days in France on DVD and Blu-ray in December. The film premiered at last year’s Venice Critics’ Week and made its U.S. debut at New Directors/New Films in March, follows by a limited theatrical release.
Reybaud’s remarkably accomplished feature debut is a sly and sophisticated takes on gay romance in the 21 st century. On a seemingly ordinary night in Paris, Pierre snaps a few photos of his lover Paul’s sleeping body and takes off into the early morning light. Where he’s headed neither of them know. Pierre’s only guide is his Grindr app, which leads him on a series of encounters with an indelible cast of characters across the stunning French countryside. Paul sets out after him, using his own phone to track Pierre’s movements in a strange and wonderful game of Grindr cat-and- mouse.
Sumptuously shot by Sabine Lancelin (Rohmer’s Boyfriends and Girlfriends, Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica) and featuring a supporting a cast of familiar faces from French cinema, 4 Days in France is a tale imbued with sensuality, humor and surprising tenderness, “an ode to cruising writ large,” according to Slant Magazine.
“We are very excited to be releasing 4 Days in France,” said Cinema Guild’s Director of Distribution Peter Kelly. “Jérôme Reybaud has not only given us a funny and touching film, but a visually stunning debut that marks the arrival of an exciting new voice; one that we can’t wait for audiences to experience.”
The films has been earning rave reviews from the critics and audiences who have been lucky enough to catch it. Ira Sachs, director of Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, called it “A uniquely tender film, and a wonderful ode to the intimacy that comes from casual encounters with perfect (and on occasion beautiful) strangers. A first film is born from a filmmaker who already knows a great deal about sex, love, and cinema.”