CYCLE BETWEEN REALITY AND FICTION
1, 8, 15 & 22 NOVEMBER AND 6 & 13 DECEMBER
|Tuesday 1st November - 6:30 pm
Quai d’Orsay by Bertrand Tavernier
2013, 1h54min, Comedy, English subtitles
|Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese.
Perhaps the world doesn’t deserve France’s magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of "language" at the foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister’s speeches. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d’Orsay - the ministry’s home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.
|Tuesday 8th November - 6:30 pm
Pas son genre by Lucas Belvaux
2013, 1h52min, Comédy drama, English subtitles
|Clément, a young philosophy teacher from Paris is sent to Arras for a year. He meets Jennifer, a pretty hair-stylist, who becomes his lover. They’re free in their hearts and bodies and could share this perfect love if the cultural and social divide were not as deep.|
|Tuesday 15th November - 6:30 pm
Maestro by Léa Fazer
2013, 1h25min, Comédy drama, English subtitles
|Henry, a young actor, finds himself involved in a film by cinema superstar, Cédric Rovere. Charmed by his benevolence, feelings hitherto unknown are aroused, while Rovere, intrigued by Henry’s dream, lives this shoot as an unexpected gift.|
|Tuesday 22 November - 6:30 pm
Dans la cour by Pierre Salvadori
2013, 1h38min, Comédy, English subtitles
|Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of an old Paris apartment building. He soon proves good at his job, even if he performs it a little eccentrically, and everybody grows fond of him. Antoine also develops a particular friendship with Mathilde, a recently retired woman who lives in the block and whose mental balance is deteriorating...
|Tuesday 6th December - 6:30 pm
Dans les cordes by Magaly Richard-Serrano
2007, 1h 33min, Drama, English subtitles
|Angie and Sandra are 18 years old. They’ve been raised sisters by Joseph, Angie’s father and Sandra’s uncle. He’s also been their trainer, programming them to win the national French boxing championship finals.
But Angie loses and Sandra wins… Angie wants a return match at any cost, but Joseph has decided otherwise.
|Tuesday 13th December - 6:30 pm
L’Homme qu’on aimait trop by André Téchiné
2013, 1h56min, Drama, English subtitles
|Based on the book by Renee LeRoux, this film from decorated director Andre Techine is self-described "fiction based on real events" and follows the events that began in 1976, and the fallout over a murder-mystery during the next thirty plus years.
Catherine Deneuve plays Renee LeRoux, the owner of a casino in Nice, and mother to Agnes (Adele Haenel). Agnes returns home from Africa after a split from her husband. She is strong-willed and free-spirited, and intent on cashing out her share of the casino to open her own little shop.
Mother and daughter are tormented by their lack of a close relationship, and this frustration intensifies due to the pressure on Mom’s casino business applied by local mobster Fratoni (Jean Corso), and even more so thanks to the romantic relationship that brews between Mom’s trusted business adviser Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet) and the much younger Agnes.
Maurice is a well-known (and admitted) Lothario and his business savvy manages to maneuver Agnes into betraying her mother at a crucial time. This betrayal leaves both Maurice and Agnes with a substantial financial gain, while Mom loses her casino. Agnes devolves into obsessed-lover and stalker, while Maurice is content to continue playing the field and enjoy his riches. Soon enough, Agnes disappears without a trace, and of course her mother suspects Maurice has killed her. With no body and no evidence, there can be no murder charges, and this sets Renee on a lifelong mission of proving him guilty.
The final act provides quite a statement on the justice system in France, though one hates to jump to conclusions based on a few minutes of a movie.