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Languages, Cultures and Literatures

French Film Series - Fall 2015

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Welcome

Jeudi 10 septembre / 7-9 / MRH 102

Movie poster for Welcome

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact. -- Written by Warsaw Film Festival

 

 

Les femmes du sixième étage (The Women on the Sixth Floor)

Jeudi 24 septembre / 7-9/ MRH 102

Poster for Les femmes du sixième étage

Paris, in the early 1960s. Jean-Louis Joubert is a serious but uptight stockbroker, married to Suzanne, a starchy class-conscious woman and father of two arrogant teenage boys, currently in a boarding school. The affluent man lives a steady yet boring life. At least until, due to fortuitous circumstances, Maria, the charming new maid at the service of Jean-Louis' family, makes him discover the servants' quarter on the sixth floor of the luxury building he owns and lives in. There live a crowd of lively Spanish maids who will help Jean-Louis to open to a new civilization and a new approach of life. In their company - and more precisely in the company of beautiful Maria - Jean-Louis will gradually become another man, a better man. --Written by Guy Bellinger

 

Le dîner de cons (The Dinner Game)

Jeudi 8 october / 7-9 / MRH 102

The Dinner Game (1998) Poster

Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ, François Pignon, will steal the show. -- Written by Laurence Chassaing

 

 

 

Cyrano de Bergerac

Jeudi 5 novembre / 7-9 / MRH 102

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Poster

A dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet, Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane without her knowing. His one curse in his life, he feels, is his large nose and although it may have been a forming influence in his rapier-sharp wit, he believes that Roxane will reject him. He resorts to writing letters to her on behalf of one of his cadets, Christian, who is also in love with Roxane but just doesn't know how to tell her. She falls for the poetic charm of the letters but believes that they were written by Christian. Written by Graeme Roy

 

 

 

Joyeux Noël

Jeudi 22 novembre / 7-9 / MRH 102

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In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence.  --Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Best Foreign Language Film nominee, Golden Globes and 78th Annual Academy Awards

For more information contact: Sophie Halvin || shalvin@sandiego.edu