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Jean-Francois and the Meaning of Life (N/C 12+)

8 April

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


A witty and whimsical take on the growing pains of adolescence, this tale of a precocious young philosopher is reminiscent of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine. Solitary young teenager Francesc is natural prey for school bullies, until he finds escape in the form of French existentialist philosophy. With deep commitment to the ideas of Albert Camus, he turns up his coat collar, calls himself Jean-François, and resolves to make a pilgrimage from Catalonia to Paris. En route he meets Lluna, an older girl who awakens his budding hormones and becomes his surprising travel companion. Accompanied by a baroque score and suitably philosophical chapter titles, this a is stylish and sweet look at the intensity of adolescence.

Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019 tour, presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

  • Director Sergi Portabella
  • Cast Max Megias, Claudia Vega, Pau Durà
  • Certificate N/C 12+
  • Running time 1h30m
  • Country Spain
  • Language subtitles
  • Year of Production 2018
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