Fidelio, Alice's Journey 2014
95 mins France Director. Lucie Borleteau
Alice (Ariane Labed) is a female engineer in the male-dominated world of merchant shipping. Having long learnt to endure the daily barbs and unwanted advances of fellow crewmen, she unexpectedly finds her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé tested when a former flame turns out to be the ship’s new captain (Melvil Poupaud).
As she begins to examine her newfound sexual liberation, she begins to contrast her experiences with those of the dead engineer she replaced, which are meticulously detailed in his discovered diaries.
Lucie Borleteau’s luxuriously filmed maritime drama fully exploits the beauty of its oceanic setting, providing a sexy and smart story while also satisfying as a subtle discourse on gender politics.