Saul, newly single, is at a New Year’s Eve party when his best friend hands him an invitation to his wedding.

Unable to commit to going by himself or plus one, Saul stalls for months until a kick in the pants by a co-worker helps him realize that love is closer than he thought.

Creative team

Writer: Lauren Augarten
Director: Nicolas Billon
Producer: Adam Bradley

Filmmaker’s statement

The heart and soul of RSVP is Saul, an introvert and a hopeless romantic. He delays, over and over again, responding to his friend’s wedding invitation; he likens the RSVP to signing the death certificate of his previous relationship.

At first glance, Saul’s shy and reserved facade is at odds with the hustle and bustle of New York City; but when he is alone, there are hints of a lively, eccentric inner life. Occasionally, it betrays itself in public – and to the careful observer, these are opportunites to glean Saul’s rich and quirky soul.

In the end, Saul is inspired by an act of courage as someone takes the first step towards him. It is a tiny action that is simultaneously a sign of interest, a kick in the pants, a gesture of solidarity, a helping hand and an acknowledgement of his grief.

RSVP looks at the challenge of making meaningful connections and finding the courage to make the first move.

About Nicolas Billon

Nicolas Billon

Nicolas Billon’s plays have been produced in Toronto, Stratford, New York and Paris.

His triptych Fault Lines garnered the 2013 Governor General’s Award for drama.

He recently adapted his first play, Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan and Catherine Keener. It won him the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for best adapted screenplay.

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