French Film Screenings

All films (w/English subtitles) will be shown at 8:00 p.m. in French House Common Area (Newport). All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

October 7: Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, Alain Chabat, 2002 

Adapted from one of the greatest French comic book series by Uderzo and Gosciny: the superheroes of 50 B.C., Astérix and Obélix, are called to Egypt to help architect Edifis build a great palace for Cléopâtra, in less than three months, in order to win a bet against Julius Caesar.  With Edifis facing death by crocodiles if he fails, Astérex and Obélix must battle to keep him alive as mayhem ensues!

October 21: Les triplettes de Belleville, Sylvain Chomet, 2003

This animated French film follows elderly Frenchwoman Madame Souza as she becomes involved in international intrigue when her grandson Champion, a professional cyclist, is kidnapped and taken abroad. Joined by her faithful dog, Bruno, Souza embarks on a journey to find Champion, and stumbles across unlikely allies in the form of three sisters who are veterans of the vaudeville stage. Tracking down Champion's criminal captors, the quartet of old women use their wits to try and win the day.

November 4: Café de Flore, Jean-Marc Vallée, 2011

Café de Flore is a love story about people seperated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways.  Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.

November 18: OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions, Michel Hazanavicius, 2006

In this spy movie parody, French Office of Strategic Services agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath investigates the disappearance of his fellow agent and longtime friend Jack Jefferson.  Disguised as the head of a wholesale chicken company, Hubert dispatches to Cairo amid the Suez Crisis.  He meets his contact, agent Larmina El Akmar Betouche, but then comically stumbles upon an international conspiracy.  This is the best and worst of French secret services in the 1950s.

December 9: La traversée de Paris (Four Bags Full), Claude Autant-Lara, 1956

In Nazi-occupied paris, despite a thriving appearance, many remain deprived of crucial food. Out of  financial desperation, upright Marcel Martin begins working for the black market.  On a night when he must deliver four bags of pig carcasses, he enlists the help of street artist Grandgil. Through a long night avoiding German patrols the men make their way across paris to deliver their goods, often more at war with each other than their actual enemy.  Some of the greatest French actors in a classic French comedy.








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