"Beyond the Ingénue"
series sometimes goes too far beyond the ingénue for comfort, especially with Maurice Pialat's unruly, brilliant À Nos Amours
(1983), an ever-shifting account, based on the life of screenwriter Arlette Langmann, of the painful early adulthood of the anhedonic Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire, in her star-making debut). The series is advertised as featuring "young women who take charge of their destinies," though Pialat's heroine remains at the mercy of her self-defeating impulses, and the women in Jacques Rozier's pleasing but shambling Adieu Philippine
(1962) are figures in a testosterone-charged landscape. Other highlights include Pauline at the Beach
(1983), Éric Rohmer's first experiment with farce structure; Céline Sciamma's promising debut, Water Lilies
(2007); Claire Denis's much-acclaimed, hour-long U.S. Go Home
(1995); and The King's Daughters
(2000), by Patricia Mazuy, whose infrequent stateside screenings hint at a talent to be explored."Beyond the Ingénue" runs through October 25 at FIAF. Click here for the screening schedule.