French Film: Happy New Year!

From: Lynda
Sent on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 10:32 PM
Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, December 11 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring an hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible so someone on the waiting list can automatically be assigned your seat. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Happy New Year (La Bonne Annee, 1973). Simon, a charming thief, is released from prison on New Years Eve and, through flashbacks, we learn about the daring, elaborate scheme that landed him there. Simon's character shines the most in scenes with the female lead, an attractive owner of an antique store who captures his interest, divides his attention and complicates his plan. But this film is more than just a clever, fun, mischievous heist/romance. I get a kick out of the love/hate relationship between the two male criminals, the satirical observations on psychology, and the amusing banter on marriage and the genders. And you'll never look at a price ending with .99 the same again...

I saw this in VHS form many years ago with an Indy film group in Reno, and loved it. I so wanted to screen it for our December holiday film night last year but, attesting to its appeal, the DVD was far too expensive and still hasn't come down in price. This film is just way too fun to wait any longer, so I am going to go ahead and order the VHS (and a back-up as usual) for this holiday season; it's worth it!

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