A NY Thing

Une aventure New-Yorkaise
Olivier Lécot, France, USA 2009, 81’

Antoine, an irritating, French thirty-something, is head-over-heels for gorgeous Alice. When this belle fille decides to go back to her boyfriend in New York, Antoine goes after her. He only has several days to convince her to get back together with him. In the Big Apple, he meets Alice’s friends and her partner. Unaware of their Parisian fling, they allow Antoine, who introduces himself as John, to stay with them. John-Antoine, a mischievous liar and romantic lover, makes increasingly desperate attempts to get Alice back.

A NY Thing, a sometimes funny and sometimes aggravating romantic comedy, is part of a long tradition of New York love stories. Olivier Lécot’s film is close in feel to J.C. Mitchell's Shortbus, though the former is more emotional than physical. There are no plot twists: New York is the main character, with its mythical atmosphere of a city where anything can happen. The scenes showing New York and its bohemians make the film a charmer. The camera follows John-Antoine, showing daily life in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, where he repeatedly finds freaks unfulfilled artists, partying intellectuals, or nutty doormen. A panorama of New York emerges from this sequence, of a city thoroughly familiar to everyone through film and television, but completely fascinating nonetheless.

Samuel Nowak

Olivier Lécot

Born in 1967, French independent director, script writer and composer. A NY Thing is his feature-length debut. He has previously expressed his fascination with the Big Apple as co-writer of New York, I Love You (2009). He lives and works in Paris.


1999 Personne avant toi (kr. m. / short)

2001 No, Not Now (kr. m. / short)

2007 Regarde-moi (kr. m. / short)

2009 Nowojorska przygoda / Une aventure New-Yorkaise / A NY Thing

Cast & Crew

director Olivier Lécot
screenplay Olivier Lécot
cinematography Isabelle Dumas
editing Delphine Cohen
music Matthieu Deniau
cast Jonathan Zaccaï, Fanny Valette, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Greta Gerwig
producer Jeffrey Saunders
production Cinemacapital, Arte, Pierre Javaux Productions
sales Cinemacapital
language English, French
coloration colour
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