Director: Pietro Marcello Run Time: 100 min. Release Year: 2023 Language: French
Starring: Juliette Jouan, Louis Garrel, Noémie Lvovsky, Raphaël Thiéry, Yolande Moreau
Pietro Marcello, one of contemporary cinema’s most versatile talents, follows up his dramatic breakthrough Martin Eden with this enchanting period fable. Shortly after World War I, veteran Raphaël (Raphaël Thiery) returns home from the frontlines a widower and father to an infant daughter. Raised in rural Normandy, the child Juliette (Juliette Jouan) grows into a headstrong young woman who dreams of greater possibilities. She seeks refuge in the nearby woods, where she meets a witch who promises scarlet sails will one day take her away from her village. Reckoning with her future and swept away by a rakish young pilot (Louis Garrel) who literally falls from the sky, Juliette never stops believing in the witch’s prophecy. Tracing Juliette’s journey throughout the 20 years of great invention between the world wars, Scarlet delicately weaves together music and fantasy, history and folklore, realist drama and ethereal romance, to craft a timeless story of a young woman’s emancipation.
Pietro Marcello is an Italian film director. He has directed more than eight documentary films since 2004. In 2015 he directed his first fiction film, Lost and Beautiful. Several of his films have been presented at international film festivals and have received various awards and nominations.
“Expansive, visually adventurous… filled with lyrical beauty, acts of barbarism, moments of magic and unexpected hope.” ~ Manohla Dargis, The New York Times