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Just the Two of Us

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When Blanche (Virginie Efira) meets the charismatic Gregoire (Melvil Poupaud) at a party her twin sister Rose drags her to, she thinks she has found the one. The ties that bind them grow quickly, and a passionate affair ensues. Rose has serious reservations about Gregoire, but against her better judgment, they decide to marry and move in together. Blanche and Gregoire soon relocate far from Blanche’s family where her new life begins; having two children, working as an elementary school teacher, and learning to tiptoe around Gregoire’s unfounded burgeoning insecurities. Little by little Blanche finds herself caught in the grip of a deeply possessive and dangerous man, desperate to escape his increasingly threatening affections. Just the Two of Us is a closely observed domestic thriller adapted from Éric Reinhardt’s prize-winning novel L’amour et les forêts by Valérie Donzelli and Audrey Diwan.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"[A] nervy, finely acted domestic thriller."

Guy Lodge


“A solid and often uncomfortably tense domestic drama”

Wendy Ide

Screen Daily

“[I]t’s first and foremost a feminist work of truth, offering up challenging but wonderful roles which Virginie Efira and Melvil Poupaud portray with great talent.”

Fabien Lemercier


Official Selection

Cannes Film Festival 2023

Cast & Crew
  • Blanche and Rose Renard : Virginie Efira
  • Grégoire Lamoureux : Melvil Poupaud
  • Director : Valérie Donzelli
  • Screenplay : Valérie Donzelli, Audrey Diwan
  • Producers : Edouard Weil, Alice Girard
  • Director of Photography : Laurent Tangy
  • Editing : Pauline Gaillard
  • Original Music : Gabriel Yared
  • Set Design : Gaëlle Usandivaras
  • Costume Designer : Nathalie Raoul
  • Sound Editor : André Rigaut
  • Post-producer : Melanie Karlin
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2023
  • Country : France
  • Language : French with English subtitles
  • Running Time : 105 minutes
  • Rating : NR
  • Genre : Drama, Thriller, Romance