Foreign Film Series

Cultural Perspectives on Family: A Series of French Films

All films will be shown in the Gallagher Room on the Newtown campus and are in French with English subtitles. These films are FREE and open to the public and are sponsored by the foreign language faculty of the Language and Literature Department and by the Cultural Programming Committee.

Entre les Bras / Step up to the plate (2012)

April 1, 2014 - 6:30 pm  refreshments - 7:00 pm show

Director, Paul Lacoste - Not Rated -­ DocumentaryEntre les Bras
In 2009, the three-Michelin-stars French chef Michel Bras decides to hands his restaurant over to his son Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. Step up to the plate tells the story of these extraordinary dishes prepared by a father and a son, in the hilly landscape of Aubrac region. We follow this gastronomic transmission, and enter intimately in their family ties. Between Jonathan Nossiter's Mondovino and Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne, this documentary draws a moving and joyful portrait of this outstanding family devoted to the Haute Cuisine for three generations...

 

Un air de famille / Family Resemblances (1998)

April 3, 2014  -  7:00 pm show time

Un Air de Famille‌Director, Cedric Klapisch - Not Rated -­ Comedy
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and
memories both clash and coalesce. The film, shot almost in real time, is a tour de force of fascinating dialogue and the verbal “sparring” that can usually only happen among family members. A witty look at family strife through the eyes of vivid and realistic characters.

 

L'epine dans le coeur / The thorn in the heart (2010)

April 7, 2014  -  7:00 pm show time

L'epine dans le coeur‌Director, Michel Gondry - Not Rated - Documentary
Michel Gondry chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves. Gondry wanted to give his aunt a visual record of her life, and the result is a glimpse into the life of a contemporary French family. It is an emotionally moving look at complicated family relationships but is also humorous at times. It can be appreciated not only for truths it reveals but also offers a look into the life of someone who gave her life to the art of teaching.

 

La guerre est declaree / Declaration of War (2011)

April 9, 2014  -  7:00 pm show time

La guerre est declaree‌Director, Valerie Donzelli  -  Not Rated  -  Drama
Roméo and Juliette are two young actors. They fall in love at first sight, move in together and make a baby. A love story and the founding of a home like millions of others. Except that their little boy, Adam, behaves abnormally. The young parents try hard to persuade themselves that everything is okay but, with the passing of time, they cannot delude themselves anymore: their son has problem. Their fears are unfortunately confirmed: Adam suffers from a malignant brain tumor. From now on, war is declared. A war against illness. A war against Death. A war against despair.

Azur et Asmar / Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (2006)

April 12, 2014  -  4:00 pm show time  -  Refreshments to follow

Azur et Asmar‌Director, Michel Ocelot  - Rated PG  -  Animated Feature
Once upon a time there were two children nursed by same woman. Azur is a blond, blue-eyed son of a noblewoman and Asmar, the dark skinned and dark-eyed child of the nurse. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown ups, they mercilessly become rivals in the quest years later, when Azur is being haunted by memories of the legendary Djinn-fairy, and takes it upon himself to journey all the way to Asmar's homeland to seek it out. Now reunited, he finds that she has since become a successful merchant, while Asmar is now a member of the royal guard. However, Asmar also longs to find the Djinn-fairy, and only one of the two youths can be successful in their quest.