Saturday, June 4, 2011

Winter Holidays: French Films

The Alliance Française Film Festival may have come and gone, but some of the finest French films it showcased will be screening over these holidays! Click “read more” for the full list.

Now showing at Cinema Nova & Palace Cinemas
Potiche gives Catherine Deneuve one of her best roles in a decade as a trophy wife-turned-triumphant-factory boss in this sparkling adaptation of a French boulevard-theater play. Deneuve plays Suzanna Pujol, a well-off housewife in thrall to tyrannical husband Robert. When labour trouble erupts at the provincial umbrella factory that Suzanna’s father founded and Robert is taken hostage, Suzanna calls in her communist former lover Babin to negotiate with the workers.

La Princesse De Montpensier
Now showing at Cinema Nova
Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, Bertrand Tavernier directs this lavish, lush and lustful romantic drama set in the high courts of 16th Century France. Against the backdrop of the savage “wars of religion” Catholic vs Protestant battle, the Tavernier’s drama follows a forbidden love story between a beautiful young aristocrat, Marie de Mézières, and her cousin, the Duke Henri de Guise. When her father’s ambitions force her into an arranged marriage with the well-connected Prince Philippe de Montpensier the Princess must survive the corrupt politics, religion and war if she is ever to be reunited with her true love.

Angèle & Tony
Now showing at Cinema Nova & Palace Cinemas
Angèle is a troubled young woman who returns to the small fishing town of Normandy to reconnect with her estranged son. Here, she meets Tony, a professional fisherman who lives with his widowed mother Myriam and is battling his own problems. Although wary of her at first, Tony offers Angèle a place to board and a job as a fishmonger. As he teaches her the tricks of the trade, the two gradually get to know each other and little by little, a bond forms. Set against the backdrop of the lush French coastline, Angèle & Tony is a sensitive and intimate drama about two lost souls in search of human connection.

Les Petits Mouchoirs
Starts June 16 at Cinema Nova
Every year high-strung Parisian hotelier Max invites a group of close friends to his beach house to kick-start a vacation season filled with good food, great wine and adventure. On the eve of the group’s latest trip, their friend Ludo is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Flocking to his bedside with a mix of alarm and uncertainty, Max and his friends eventually decide to head off on their eagerly anticipated vacation, albeit with some reservations. As the holiday begins tensions within the group start to erupt. Each of them harbour secrets that slowly emerge and, after a succession of incidents, a moment of truth finally tests their friendship.

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