Love at First Fight

A twentysomething slacker who’s just starting to assume responsibilities at his family’s construction business falls hard for a grad-school dropout who believes that civilization is on the brink of collapse. When she enlists in an army boot camp to learn survival skills, he follows suit in hope of impressing her. This debut feature by French writer-director Thomas Cailley is the rare romantic comedy that’s satisfying as genre entertainment but also inspires serious thought on pertinent social issues (in this case, looming environmental catastrophe and the tenuous state of the European middle class). Kévin Azaïs and Adèle Haenel are fresh and charismatic as the young lovers. In French with subtitles.