Beautiful Minds


Pop's Art Theater Rochester Fri, May 6, 2022 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Mon, May 16, 2022 7:20 PM
The Main 1 Wed, May 18, 2022 1:40 PM
The Main 1 Fri, May 20, 2022 4:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:Presque
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Road Movie
Release Year:2022
Runtime:92 min
Print Source:Elle Driver
Director:Bernard Campan
Alexandre Jollien
Producer:Philippe Godeau
Cinematographer:Christophe Offenstein
Screenwriter:Hélène Grémillon
Alexandre Jollien
Bernard Campan
Editor:Annette Dutertre
Composer:Niklas Paschburg
Principal Cast:Bernard Campan
Alexandre Jollien
Tiphaine Daviot
Julie-Anne Roth


When a lonely funeral director, Louis, and an introverted grocery delivery man with cerebral palsy, Igor, find themselves in a hearse on a long-distance trip, both men discover the true meaning of friendship. Based on writer-director-star Alexandre Jollien’s own life experiences, Beautiful Minds will charm and move viewers.

Louis is a lifelong bachelor who is proud of his funeral home. He is wonderful with the bereaved, a comforting and engaging presence, but for people who are not in the midst of grieving, he tends to fall a bit short. Igor delivers groceries and lives with his mother. His cerebral palsy keeps people at a distance, and makes some people question his faculties, but he’s a man obsessed with philosophy, devouring the works of Nietzsche and Spinoza. When the two men are thrown together on a long-distance journey, their conversation changes both of their lives. Written, directed and acted by Alexandre Julian (Igor) and Bernard Campan (Louis).

Director Biography

Alexandre Jollien was born with cerebral palsy. He attended Lycée de la Planta in Sion and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His book, Praise of Weakness, was an international bestseller. With Bernard Campan, he co-wrote and directed Beautiful Minds (2021).

Bernard Campan is an acclaimed French actor, writer and director. His directorial credits include The Three Brothers (1995), Le pari (1997), Les rois mages (2001), La face cachée (2007), and Les trois frères, le retour (2014). Beautiful Minds (2021) is his most recent feature.