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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

French Film Series - Spring 2016

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This semester, the French Film Series explore the theme of perseverance. We will watch four movies dealing with various ways people used to achieve their goal. Each movie is followed by a discussion in English with the audience.

Please contact Sylvie Ngilla for more information (sngilla@sandiego.edu).


La folie des grandeurs (Delusions of Grandeur)

Jeudi 11 février    |    7-9 p.m.    |    Camino 108

 

DVD cover of La folie des grandeurs

In this French historical comedy, Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge, he tries to compromize the Queen with his valet Blaze, introduced as his cousin. But poor Blaze gets stuck with a rather repulsive duenna, who is madly in love with him and very keen on getting her way. This wild comedy takes off at a dashing pace set by the De Funes, Montand and Sapritch trio.

 

Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night)

Jeudi 8 mars    |    7-9 p.m.    |    Camino 119

DVD cover Deux jours, une nuit

Sandra (Marion Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront co-workers individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out.

 

Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One)

Jeudi 5 avril    |    7-9 p.m.    |    Camino 119

DVD cover of Ne le dis a personne

An innocent man is on the run after he's accused of murder and his spouse seemingly returns from the grave in this thriller from France. Alex Beck (François Cluzet) is a doctor who has slowly been putting his life back together after his wife Margot was murdered by a serial killer. Eight years on, Alex is doing well enough until he finds himself implicated in the murder of two people, with plenty of evidence pointing to him as the killer even though he knows nothing of the crimes. The same day, Alex receives an e-mail that appears to be from Margot (Marie-Josée Croze), which includes a link to a video clip that seems to be recent and features his late wife looking alive and well.

 

Tout ce qui brille (All That Glitters)

Jeudi 19 avril   |    7-9 p.m.    |    Camino 119

DVD cover of Tout ce qui brille

Two young ladies from France attempt to scale the ladder of Parisian society, but find that the new social circles have unexpectedly negative consequences, in this gentle, observant drama from first-time co-writer/directors Geraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran.