Say what you will about the French, they make some damn fine films. This is a realization that many may make on their own if they just sit down and get through the subtitles. In light of this, I am here to help shed light on films such as Just a Sigh, a slow burn drama tinged with romance that earns every bit of what it gives.
Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) is a struggling actress, following her passion despite the fact that it pays little and affords her no luxury. Frequently on the road, she is away from her beau, the unseen Antoine (voiced by Denis Ménochet). On a quick trip back to Paris in an attempt to see him, she encounters a man (Gabriel Byrne) on the train. He looks distraught and she can tell that something very bad has happened to him. Their eyes meet several times, but they say nothing to one another. Once the train stops, Douglas (as we later find out his name) approaches Alix to ask for directions to a certain church. When they are interrupted by a nosy man who gives Douglas the directions, Alix leaves. After trying to touch base with Antoine as she has no money and needs some to take her mother to lunch and get back to Calais where she will be performing in a play that night, she is drawn to go in search of Douglas.