When thirty-something Martin (played by actor-writer-director Mathieu Demy, the son of directing greats Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy) is summoned from Paris to Los Angeles to settle the estate of his estranged mother, the journey dredges up long-submerged emotions stemming from the time Martin lived in L.A. as a young boy (a backstory beautifully evoked with flashbacks from films by Agnès Varda). Going through his mother’s effects, he discovers that she had willed her apartment to a mystery woman named Lola. His first reaction is to destroy the evidence, but then through a combination of curiosity and guilt, Martin decides to track Lola down. For his first feature, Demy creates a shape-shifting fiction that begins as a kind of memory film and hurtles into a brutal confrontation with a world the young Parisian hardly knew existed. AMERICANO also stars Salma Hayek and two other children of world cinema icons: Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis, Carnage), the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, and Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago, Talk to Her), the daughter of Charlie Chaplin.
Directed by Mathieu Demy
Starring Mathieu Dmy, Salma Hayek, Chiara Mastroianni, Marcello Mastroianni and Geraldine Chaplin
French with English subtitles
1 hr 45 mins, not rated