|Sent on:||Sunday, October 23, 2011 10:11 PM|
Bonjour tout le monde!
This is just a note to let you know that there are a lot of French films showing in Hartford! There are too many to schedule Meetups at all of them but perhaps you will go to see them anyway!
At Trinity College's Cinestudio:
Sarah's Key 10/30-11/1
(France, 2011) Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Screenplay by Serge Joncour and Gilles Paquet-Brenner, based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot. Kristin Scott Thomas, the British actress who has become one of France’s hottest performers (Tell No One, I’ve Loved You So Long), now stars in the screen version of a best-selling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Scott Thomas plays the wife of a Parisian architect who announces that they are to move into the ‘family home’ in the ancient Jewish neighborhood of the Marais. A journalist, she works to uncover how they obtained their home during the notorious Vel d’Hiv roundup by the French police of Jewish women and children, and what tragedies may lie behind their good fortune. ‘An unconventional French Holocaust drama that plays as a guilty remembrance of a dark corner of French history tucked into a ticking clock thriller.” - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel. 105 min.
I'm Glad My Mother is Alive 11/06-11/08
France, 2011)Written and directed by Claude and Nathan Miller, inspired by a true story. Cast: Vincent Rottiers, Sophie Cattani, Christine Citti, Maxime Renard. The collaboration of veteran French director Claude Miller (The Little Thief, Garde a Vue) with his son Nathan has resulted in a powerful exploration of family. Two young boys are put up for adoption by their mother (Sophie Cattani), and the older one (Vincent Rottiers) passes a troubled adolescence trying to track her down. However, there is no ‘Oprah-style’ reunion when Thomas finally finds her and tries to find a way to fit into her life. Claude Miller, who was mentored by François Truffaut, captures the poignant alienation of unwanted children so brilliantly revealed in Truffaut’s 400 Blows. “I realize, as time passes, that I am increasingly interested not so much by how parents manage their children, but by how children manage their parents.” - Claude Miller. A New York Times Critics Pick. 90 min.
At Real Art Ways:
Love Crime Opens FRIDAY, October 21, 2011
The final film from director Alain Corneau, Love Crime pits the fiery talents of Ludivine Sagnier and Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas against each other in a deliciously twisted tale of office politics that turn, literally, cut-throat.
"I'm already looking for an excuse to see it again" -Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A super-cool thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post
(France, 104 mins, French and English with subtitles)
Inspired by the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, The Hedgehog is the timely story of Paloma, a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel.
"This a movie with such a light, stylish touch, it makes no claims to profundity and is a sweetly hopeful experience." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An enchanting grown-up fairy tale about the redemptive power of love." - Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An exquisite, intimate film of restraint and delicacy." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
(France, Italy, 100 mins, French with subtitles)