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A Violent Desire for Joy

OT: Un Violent Désir de Bonheur

Clément Schneider // France, 2018
Fiction Feature // FF2018
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The French Revolution in the countryside: a monk has to choose between his holy vows and revolutionary cravings. France 1792: After a few years’ delay, the revolution reaches the remote mountain monastery of young monk Gabriel and his fellow brothers – in the form of a troop of exhausted soldiers and a silent woman called Marianne. Suddenly, everything Gabriel has believed in hitherto is called into question, old and new ideas fight for primacy in his head and heart. On the face of it an historical film, A Violent Desire for Joy also deals with contemporary issues such as the relationship between individuals and political movements and the psychology of revolution.


CLÉMENT SCHNEIDER (*1989) studied at the Paris film school La Fémis. A Violent Desire for Joy is his first feature film and had its premiere in the ACID section at Cannes.



Un Violent Désir de Bonheur

Fiction Feature





75 min

OV with English subtitles

Clément Schneider

Clément Schneider

Quentin Dolmaire, Grace Seri, Franc Bruneau, Vincent Cardona, Francis Leplay

Alice Begon

Manuel Bolanos

Anna Brunstein

Joaquim Pavy

Samuel Charbonnot


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