Comme Si de Rien N'Etait | 2003
The director of a small repertory company, Thomas, falls head-over-heels for a terminally ill young woman and casts her as the lead in his new play. Hammering planks before a play's opening, Thomas is introduced to the radiant Alix and suddenly, uncharacteristically, kisses her passionately. Alix hides the fact of her fatal illness from her new lover, and he never lets on that he knows. Undergoing daily radiation treatments and attending rehearsals in the afternoon, Alix effervesces on. Thomas researches her sickness and finds "irritability" ranked as one of the symptoms. But her only sign of petulance comes during a rehearsal, leading to a totally cathartic "why me?" revolt which is duly incorporated into a killer reading of her lines.