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Personal awakening becomes a desert journey in Sky

02/05/2017

Personal redemption taken in reaction to existential relationship crises spurs the Southwest desert drama Sky, from the acclaimed French director Fabienne Berthaud. Sky is out on DVD May 24 thanks to Bounty Films.

Stale married French tourists Romy (Diane Kruger) and Richard (Gilles Lellouche) are holidaying in California desert retreat 29 Palms. Theirs is a marriage beyond repair and when his degrading drunken behaviour one night leads him to forcing himself on Romy she reacts with violence leaving him, as far she is concerned, dead. She is soon out under the wide blue yonder on a journey of self-discovery in a strange land of rundown bars, cheap motels and kind hearted strangers.

Romy, as she travels across the desert on her way to Old Las Vegas, soon encounters a helpful truck driver, a small town police officer, a pregnant, trailer park residing single mother and a rugged independent cowboy with whom she sparks up a romance. Her journey is complemented by Nathalie Durand's gorgeous photography.

Following the Cannes hits Frankie and Lily Sometimes this is the third collaboration between director and the German actress Kruger (Inglorious Bastards).

The high class cast also includes Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Lena Dunham (Girls), Lou Diamong Phillips (Young Guns), and Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek).

Influx magazine calls Sky “a very unique movie.”

“Kruger is often quite transfixing, her sharp but beautiful features like a strange flower blooming in the middle of the arid, sun-faded landscapes,” notes Ioncinema.com

“Gifted with a remarkable sense of atmosphere and pacing, Fabienne Berthaud succeeds in painting a highly realistic portrait of this woman's journey – a depiction that patently pays tribute to Cassavetes and Antonioni,” writes Fabien Lemercier in Cineuropa.

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