Young & Independent
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Toto (Lars Eidinger of Personal Shopper), an anxiety-ridden, misanthropic German Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of planning the Auschwitz Congress. Stressed and lashing out at his superiors, he is saddled with a new intern from France to keep an eye on him. In their first few encounters, the unconventional and erratic Zazie (two-time César winner Adèle Haenel), whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor, fails to gain Toto’s confidence. Her frank demeanor (it does not take long for Toto to learn she is sleeping with his boss) and off-putting sense of humor come off as juvenile and unnerving.
Following a period of initial bickering and misplaced sexual tension, Toto and Zazie inadvertently come to an understanding and exchange family legacies. Although they are two generations removed from the atrocities committed during the Shoah, both Toto and Zazie still struggle with the fallout. Will learning the truth set them free from their self-imposed shackles? Or could one night of passion be enough to truly let go?
Chris Kraus’ audacious, genre-bending THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY succeeds in wringing comedy from inconceivable brutality. The film’s irreverent, unpredictable humor comes from so far outside the norm that its jokes (at times wrong and crude) will truly surprise you.