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RE: [movies-320] Intouchables replaces Polisse

From: user 5.
Sent on: Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:26 PM
I have just seen Intouchables here in France.  My son who lives here insisted I see it.  It was indeed a very good film, and a great experience, altho viewing it in America some may be uncomfortable with the references to race.  France does not have the same history as we do and so are less touchy about race, issues can be addressed head-on without wrapping them in  a thousand veils.  (This has long been true about our two cinemas' different approach to sex.)  Stereotypes can be laughed at, much as we laugh at stereotypes of lawyers or geeks, Midwesterners or Valley Girls.  However, when it touches on the sensitive issue of race, that is a bit taboo in the states for obvious reasons, and may make some squirm a bit (including this writer at times, but then I tried to take it out of the American context (it takes place in contemporary France) and realized that on the contrary it is rather healthy that all these issues are talked about openly, but not gravely. 
 
On the other hand, many of you may leave the theater with a tear in your eye.  For it is also a wonderful study of the goodness of human beings being themselves, and humans' ability to overcome the odds... at least in the movies.
 

From: [address removed] [[address removed]] On Behalf Of Greg [[address removed]]
Sent: Thursday, June 07,[masked]:56 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: RE: [movies-320] Intouchables replaces Polisse

A Friend told me the intouchables was very good, Btw

 

Greg Myers

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jims
Sent: Wednesday, June 06,[masked]:52 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [movies-320] Intouchables replaces Polisse

 

 

Hi everyone,

 

I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather.  Had a chance to see Wings and First Position this past week.  Wings is much better than I thought it would be.  Never expected to see a scene with two men embracing each other!  It really is a masterpiece.  First Position was exactly what you would expect, a well-told story about students trying out for ballet. 

 

THE INTOUCHABLES

 

We were supposed to see Polisse, but as often happens, the movie is here one week and leaves.  There were a few other movies I wanted to see but Intouchables caught my attention.  While the story line is fairly predictable: black guy takes care of old rich gentlemen and they learn things from one another and become good friends, a number of reviewers commented that it had a lot of heart and there is enough depth to the story that really makes it worthwhile.  I will hope you will be able to attend.   It shows Wednesday June 13 at the Cedar Lee.

HIPSTERS

 

Many of you have been asking about seeing this film.  Even if you have been locked out of the movie event, you certainly can still go see it at the Cinematheque.  It would be great if someone else stepped up to organize an additional event.  I have seen the film and liked it very much.  If you throw away any pre-conceived notion of what a Russian film should be, this should encourage you even to attend more.   It is very creative.

 

NEED A FEW MORE FILMS ON THE SCHEDULE 

While I appreciate all the people who help organize events, we are always looking for others to schedule an event.  It is really quite easy and you get to pick the movie, time, place and eats place too.  If you would like to help out, please let me know.    Do you have a particular movie you are interested in seeing?  That is a good start.

 

DUES REMINDER

 

If you have already paid, thank you very much and no need to look further.

 

Otherwise, your dues of $5.00 are very important in  order for us to host directors coming into town and pay for the website.  Please select the link or pay your organizer AT THE NEXT GROUP EVENT if you haven't already.

 

 

Jim





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