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Fidelio: Alice’s Journey

Alice is in love with Félix who waits for her ashore as she unexpectedly sets off as second mechanic on the Fidelio, an old freighter. On board, she discovers not only that she replaces a recently deceased mechanic, but also that the Captain is none other than her first great love, Gaël. In her cabin Alice comes across the diary of the former mechanic, and by reading its content – accounts of technical problems, sexual conquests and lovelorn emotions – she finds, oddly, that they echo her own journey. As the ship calls on various ports, Alice deals with life aboard with an all-male crew, the notion of desire in such an environment and the swings of her romantic feelings, while trying to stay the course.

Fidelio is Lucie Borleteau’s first feature-length film and is a Locarno prize-winner. Ariane Labed (Alps) is magnetic in the central role.


  • ‘A powerful first feature from a French filmmaker to watch’ 4/5 Time Out


    ‘Borleteau is persuasive on the tensions between desire, devotion and duty’ 4/5 Total Film


    ‘An impressive first film’ 4/5 The Irish Times


    ‘A mix of grittiness and reflective lyricism…Labed gives an exceptional performance’ The Independent


    ‘Labed is superb’ The Times