It’s not easy to capture the texture of this culture on film, but writer-director Mia Hansen-Love (Goodbye First Love) has found an ideal approach in this scintillating look at the rise of French electronic house music in the 90s. Paul (Félix de Givry) is a teenager in the underground dance music scene of early-nineties Paris. Raves dominate, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house scene. He and a friend form a DJ duo called – with unfathomable layers of irony – Cheers. Two of their friends form a group with a similarly odd name: Daft Punk. These young artists plunge into the life, building their following one set at a time, dropping out of daytime society to form a community based on the high of the ceaseless beats and bass. There are drugs. There is sex. A euphoric and melancholic work, this is one of the stand out features of the year thus far.
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