French and Francophone Studies Film Series

Spring 2020


The final two films of our series have been cancelled as a preventive measure to reduce risk related to the COVID-19 virus.


Please go to the university’s COVID-19 website for the most current information for the USD community.


April 06   Mauvaises herbes (2018)

Presenter:  Prof. Eliza Jane Smith

Wael, a former street child, makes a living from small scams with his adoptive mother and partner-in-crime Monique. When this unconventional duo swindles the wrong guy, an old acquaintance of Monique's who is now in charge of a support organization for troubled teens, they have no choice but to become his interim secretary and educator in order to redeem themselves. Facing six willful kids determined to spoil all his efforts, Wael's own personal story and inventive tricks become the key to gaining their trust - and he soon realizes that he too is given a chance to heal his past and find his place in society.  Written by

May 07   Intouchables (2011) in Salomon Lecture Hall (MH 140)

Presenter:  Prof. Bénédicte López

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil