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Goodbye, Petrushka

Claire, 19, is a bit of an oddball: a romantic, a puppeteer, and a fish out of water at college. After one appalling class too many, Claire hits breaking point. Right around that same time, she has a chance meeting with an intriguing Frenchman named Thibaut, a figure skater at the end of his career. That's when Claire decides it's time for a change. She allows her crazy, rich best friend Julia to talk her into an impulsive move from New York to Paris. There, the starry-eyed Claire meets Thibaut again and they embark on a unique project together.

But from there, nothing in Paris quite goes as Claire planned. Whether she's battling wacky French bureaucrats, nannying for the Parisian family from hell, embarrassing herself in front of Thibaut, or finding her way through a toxic relationship — Claire's stint in Paris is one faux pas after another.

In the end, Claire will have to figure out how to put herself first, following her own unique, silly and beautiful heart.

  • Nicola Rose
    Director
    Biff & Me, Gabrielle
  • Nicola Rose
    Writer
    Biff & Me, Gabrielle
  • Tierney Boorboor
    Producer
    Hideout, A Place in Hell
  • Nicola Rose
    Producer
    Biff & Me, Gabrielle
  • Mark A. Baum
    Producer
    Hideout, Mind Games
  • Lizzie Kehoe
    Key Cast
    "Claire"
  • Casey Landman
    Key Cast
    "Julia"
  • Thomas Vieljeux
    Key Cast
    "Thibaut"
  • Bartek Szymanski
    Key Cast
    "Rafal"
  • Cat Grey
    Key Cast
    "Trina"
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Fantasy, Coming-of-age
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 38 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Nicola Rose

Nicola Rose is a New York City-based filmmaker whose work is gathering acclaim on the festival circuit. She began making films in 2015. Since then, her films have included the shorts CREATIVE BLOCK (2017), IN THE LAND OF MOONSTONES (2018), GABRIELLE (2019), and BIFF & ME (2020), all of which have won numerous festival awards.

Nicola completed her first feature, GOODBYE, PETRUSHKA, in the summer of 2021. She also works as a freelance casting director and producer. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.

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Director Statement

I wrote the first drafts of Goodbye, Petrushka ten years ago, when I was 23, before I had made any films. Looking at the film now, I think I was lucky enough to capture something fleeting — the longings that dominate and drive us when we’re that young. It's a unique time: intense, overwhelming and often very funny — well, that last part might just be in retrospect. At any rate, I'm so glad I was able to get them down on paper. It is only 10 years later as I write this, but I doubt I could "transcribe" the time quite so accurately now.

My hope is that in watching this silly, painful story, the viewer will see the world through the eyes of Claire, the young, yearning protagonist. She is as hungry for adventure as she is for the affections of Thibaut, a figure skater she barely knows but instinctively loves. Everything with her is gut reaction and emotion. In other words, she’s basically all of us at 19 or 20.

I have always wished there were more stories about young people — women especially — that show the awkwardness, embarrassments and sorrows (big and small) of that stage of life, without prettifying them or wrapping things up neatly with a bow. Not everything can be; some stories never have any ending at all, leaving us with only uncertainty. But I'm certain of one thing: the loves and longings we experience early on never really leave us — whether they’re for another person, a sport, an art or a country.

Goodbye, Petrushka is a story about how those loves are formed. And even if we have to leave them behind, I believe we never really say goodbye.