Based on Delpy's own childhood memories, LE SKYLAB boasts an ensemble cast and recounts a family reunion, seen through the eyes of romantic and gloomy 10 year-old Albertine. As the day progresses, family members burst into song, conflict erupts and fears of an American space station possibly crashing on the coast of Brittany fuel conversations about politics, love, family, feminism and sex. A vibrant look at late 1970s France.
"It’s a movie about people coming together to drink and eat lamb," says Delpy. "I wanted it to feel like an idyllic afternoon with an undertone that something could happen, just like the Skylab is lurking to fall on to them. There’s also a bit of tension – you can sense that there are political differences between these people. As the day progresses, they get more drunk, more tired, and things start to come out.
Cast: Lou Avarez, Julie Delpy, Eric Elmosnino, Aure Atika, Noémie Lvovsky
Screenplay: Julie Delpy
Director of Photography: Lubomir Bakchev
Film Editor: Nicolas Criqui, Michelle Mogavero
Production Designer: Philippe Cord’homme
Costume Design: Pierre-Yves Gayraud
Sound: Michel Casang
Producer: Michael Gentile
Production Company: The Film
World Sales: Films Distribution
Distributor: NFP Neue Film Produktion GmbH
Director: Julie Delpy