A Love Story in France.
On his first vacation to Europe, a young photographer, Ethan (Deva Middleton), meets and falls for Valerie (Anne Schmitz), an entrancing French girl who invites him to experience more of what France has to offer. As they grow closer and learn more about each other, their fairytale-like romance takes them from the many famous landmarks of Paris; including the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, to the western coast of Normandy and the majestic abbey of Mont St. Michel. Showcasing lush, beautiful cinematography and a positive, message, ‘Wandering Hearts’ is an uplifting, whimsical story of love and companionship.
Genre: Romance / Comedy
Runtime: 85 minutes
Original Format: Kodak super 16mm
Master Format: Apple ProRes 4444 2K
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16 X 9
Sound Mix: 5.1 Surround
About the Film
Filmed entirely in France over the course of three weeks
during the summer, ‘Wandering Hearts’ is the sophomore
film of writer and director Jeff L’Heureux. Utilizing a diverse
combination of actors and crew from both France and
Canada, the production takes audiences from the many
sights and landmarks of Paris, to the unique grand vistas of
western France and Normandy’s Mont St. Michel. Of
particular importance to the director, was achieving a
beautiful, positively reinforced depiction of France, where
previous generations of the director’s family geneology
dates back to.
Shot entirely on Kodak 16mm motion picture film, and utilizing Arriflex’s flagship professional camera the 416 Plus, the film evokes a bright, crisp, emotional and colorful palette in both its day and night scenes. Though the film is a romantic comedy, a genre visual effects are not commonly associated with, the film employs an unseen pass of seamless visual effects that further enhance the look of skies, backgrounds, and light; particularly depicted during the night scenes in the film.
The film features a stellar cast of young, talented actors, whose chemistry on screen shines through emphatically. It also stands as an overwhelmingly positive experience, meant to evoke the carefree attitude of youth and young love rather than negative emotion. ‘Wandering Hearts’ serves as a showcase and wholehearted celebration of the country and people of France, and the idyllic nature of true love.
Post-production on the film was conducted simultaneously in Paris, Montreal, and Vancouver. The 16mm negative was developed and processed by Arane Gulliver Lab of Paris before being shipped to Montreal‘s MELS Studios (formerly Vision Globale) for scanning into a 2k digital master. Editing, color grading and sound design were completed in Vancouver, and SkyLab (formerly Digital Film Central) produced a 2K DCP master for theatrical presentation.