I CAN CHANGE, BUT NOT 100%
Directed by :
Written by :
AMIE-SARAH BAROUH, RENAUD DUGET
ANTOINE GOLDET (AMOK FILMS)
Amie-Sarah Barouh was born in Tokyo in 1993. She moved to Paris in 2010, where she studied in the Beaux-Arts school in Paris. It was in the French capital that she met a Rom, or gypsy, for the first time, and she quickly started to learn speaking Romani and Romanian. One day, a gyspy friend of hers gave her a camera and asked her to film a wedding, and she hung on to it ever since. I can change, but not 100%, is Amie-Sarah's first film.
The film begins with a romantic pledge: I can change. A promise heard all too often, a promise known to be false in advance. Amie has fallen deeply in love with Boby, a young Romanian Rom who survives through illegal activities, begging and drugs. Together, they lived out a passionate love story between the parking lot at the Gare de Lyon train station and small Parisian hotels - and still Boby has not changed. This film is about a couple whose reality is vacillating; where freedom, incarceration and spirituality go side by side. Left powerless by the failure of her love to be strong enough to change him, the director uses filmmaking as the only means possible to heal her wounds. Or perhaps to write a harrowing love letter to the man who cannot read but speaks all languages.
This film was presented at the 2019 edition of Visions du Réel as well as at Filmadrid 2019 where it received the Best Film Dias de Cine Award.