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Department of

Languages and Literatures

French Film Series - Spring 2014 program
Comprendre les différences (Understanding Differences)

This French and Francophone Film Series includes a selection of five compelling stories that explore unique perspectives on being different. Each film will be followed by an open discussion.

This film series is free and open to the campus and San Diego communities.
All movies shown will be in French with English subtitles.
Click on the title to watch the trailers.

All films will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on the dates indicated below in Warren Auditorium

in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)

Contact: Sylvie Ngilla ( | 260-7841 | FH144B)


1. Les émotifs anonymes [Anonymous Romantics - 1h20]
Wednesday, February 19, 7pm

Emotifs Anonymes

Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she's attracted to her boss, Angelique decides to anonymously develop a new line of chocolates to save the company...

2. Tomboy (1h22)
Monday, March 3, 7pm.


A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael…

3. Le tableau [The Painting - 1h16]
Monday, March 24, 7pm.

Le Tableau

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest…

4. Un homme qui crie [A Screaming Man -1h32]
Monday, April 14, 7pm.

Un Homme qui crie

Shot in Chad, portraying the psychological fall-out of an endless civil war, A SCREAMING MAN portrays Adam, a former swimming medalist, now a 60-year-old hotel employee and head "pool man," who maintains this calm oasis as much for his own benefit as for the hotel's Western guests. The tensions between Adam and Abdel, his adult son, are exacerbated when he loses his job to the younger man and their fragile world begins to crumble. Complicating their relationship is the fact that rebel forces are at war with the authorities, and civilians like Adam and Abdel are under pressure to support the government…

5. Monsieur Lazhar (1h34)
Wednesday, April 30, 7pm.

Monsieur Lazhar

In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. The cultural gap between Bachir and his class is made immediately apparent when he gives them a dictation exercise that is beyond their reach. Little by little, Bachir learns to better know this group of shaken but endearing kids, among whom are Alice and Simon, two charismatic pupils particularly affected by their teacher's death…