Milla begins as half of a pair of runaways in a small town by the English Channel. The squatting teenagers eke out their romance and their resources in a vacuum adapted to their own design. Things soon start to change, especially for Milla who falls pregnant. We watch as her body slowly morphs along with her perspective, and the sea—at first marked out as a symbol of her understanding of time passing—becomes a protagonist that decides her fate.
Milla‘s insights derive as much from our impressions of textures and touch as they do from plot. It has a beautifully languid pace, rich with the sensorial and tactile world of its characters. There’s also a certain symmetry with Berwick, its harbour and bridges—young people not always with easy choices on their hands for work. Already award wining after its first showing at this summer’s Locarno Film Festival, Valerie Massadian’s film is a remarkable one, anchored by precise cinematography, natural light and the perfectly cast Severine (Milla) and Ethan Jonckeere.