|With Love...From the Age of Reason
A film by Yann Samuell
89 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2010
"Dear Me. Today I am seven years old and I'm writing you this letter to help you remember the promises I made when I was 7, and also to remind you of what I want to become..."
Thus begins the letter that Margaret receives on her 40th birthday. An executive at a multinational construction firm, Margaret's regimented lifestyle revolves around meetings, business dinners and pre-scheduled sex with her partner. But when a retired notary delivers a stack of letters written by Margaret when she was seven years old, the successful professional begins to rethink her existence. The letters – an exuberant assortment of photographs, vibrant collages, and playful messages – evoke long-forgotten memories and childhood dreams of adventure and true love.
Moved by the words of herself at 7, Margaret returns to her childhood village to rediscover the fanciful dreams and playful idealism of her youth…to somehow re-connect with the happy-go-lucky, carefree child she was.
"A ridiculously charming and likable film! A stylish, fast-paced, magical tale of girlhood dreams and being true to yourself. And it doesn't even star Audrey Tautou. This time the captivating beauty is Sophie Marceau." -The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A clever, intriguing premise...undeniably heartwrenching...with 'Amelie'-style visuals."
"A sweet, nostalgia-inspiring romantic fantasy. Anyone who has fallen out of touch with - or recently rediscovered - their childhood self will love this film." -Ohio Authority Magazine
"Appealing...made with much visual flair." - Time Out Hong Kong
"Heartfelt, touching, and highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review