Sarah Prefers to Run

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French-Canadian director Chloe Robichaud makes her feature film debut in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard branch with a highly unique tale that has echoes of downtrodden sports films like The Wrestler, though wraps itself in a vivid, swooning tale of nascent romance. Sarah Prefers to Run (Sarah Prefere la Course), above all else, paints both filmmaker and leading lady as sure talents to watch in the future. As you can doubtless glean from the title, 20-year-old Sarah (Sophie Desmarais) likes running, and as a standout on her local track team, decides to see if she can make it in the big athletic leagues of Montreal, moving there with a young man she barely knows, Antoine (Jean-Sebastiene Courchesne). However, things soon enough become complicated when Antoine suggests that they get married for the financial incentives, while he has a far sneaker plan in mind – to make her fall in love with him. Sarah, meanwhile, struggles to reconcile her feelings about this, while trying to keep pushing herself on the track.

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