The Stopover by Delphine und Muriel Coulin,  F 2016 , 102 min, DCP.
French with English subtitles.
  • Director: Delphine und Muriel Coulin
  • Screenplay: Delphine und Muriel Coulin
  • Cinematography: Jean-Louis Vialard
  • Editing: Laurence Briaud
  • Cast: Stéphanie Sokolinski, Ariane Labed, Ginger Romàn, Karim Leklou, Andreas Konstantinou, Makis Papadimitriou, Alexis Manenti
  • Producer: Denis Freyd
  • Production: Archipel 35
  • Distributor: Adok
  • Contact: Emilie Moor,
  • Festivals: Festival de Cannes (Un Certain Regard)

The Stopover

Why would a young French woman join the army? No better job prospects? For matters of money and freedom matters? To see the world? To defend France and Europe? To prove the army is not reserved for men?

Aurore and Marine, two young soldiers, who know each other from their school days, are returning from a 6-months tour of duty in Afghanistan. Before they go back into day-to-day life, they are given three days of “decompression leave” with their unit, among tourists, at a five-star resort in Cyprus in order to forget the war and leave violence behind …

Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s repatriate drama intelligently avoids the front-line and challenges our capacity to deal with animated war images instead. Balancing the gravity of a Greek tragedy with a light narrative tone, VOIR DU PAYS plays masterly with aggressions stirring just beneath the surface.

Delphine and Muriel Coulin
are French sisters who form a directing duo. Muriel Coulin began work as a cinematographer throughout the 1990s. Delphine is also a novelist. They began collaborating on films in 1997 with the short film IL FAUT IMAGINER SISYPHE HEUREX. For THE STOPOVER they won the award for Best Screenplay from the Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes.

2016 Voir du Pays 
2011 17 Girls (feature debut)
1997 Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux (short)