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.

February 5: Coco avant Chanel, A. Fontaine, 2009
This film tells the story of famed French fashion designer Coco Chanel. Years after being abandoned
at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel meets and becomes romantically involved with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Balsan Coco is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to become a fashion designer. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend.

February 26: L'arnacoeur, P. Chaumeil, 2010
Charming, funny, effortlessly cool Alex is hired by friends, family and jealous lovers to break up
relationships. When this professional heartbreaker meets his most challenging mark yet in the gorgeous Juliette, will his game finally change?

March 11: J'ai tué ma mère, X. Dolan, 2009
This riveting, semiautobiographical drama explores the tumultuous relationship between single mother Chantale and her sixteen-year-old son Hubert. The teenager haughtily regards his mother with contempt, seeing only her out-of-date sweaters and kitschy decor. Confused by this love/hate relationship Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence - artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism - all while the turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection.

April 2: Populaire, R. Roinsard, 2012
This 2012 romantic comedy, directed by Régis Roinsard, tells the story of 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle. Rose lives with her grouchy widowed father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of a local mechanic, Rose seems destined for the quiet life of a housewife, which is not the life that she longs for. When Rose travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agent Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. However, Rose reveals a special talent - she can type at extraordinary speed. This talent awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis, and he offers Rose the job if she agrees to compete in a speed typing competition. Louis declares himself her trainer and sets out to turn Rose into the fastest typist not only in the country, but in the world. See what happens when a love of sport doesn't mix well with love itself.

April 22: Intouchables, E. Toledano and O. Nakache, 2011
One of the most successful French movies in recent years. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, the movie depicts with a lot of humor an unlikely camaraderie between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.




Barrett Hall