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2017 French Film Festival

2017 French Film Festival

Melbourne is the place to be in March, with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, commencement of the Comedy Festival, and my personal favourite, the French Film Festival.

French movies have a reputation for being some of the most stylish, elegant and ground-breaking of filmmaking, with a variety from high-budget, art-house, socially conscious dramas, gruesome horror movies, hilarious comedy’s, and everything thrown in-between, including their love of sex, as the French are not afraid to confront challenging issues.

Cannes comes to Melbourne, with a huge selection of French movies, and the line-up this year is exciting, with a remarkable assortment of movies.

When visiting France, one of the highlights is always The Palace of Versailles, with the famous hall of mirrors, regal buildings, gardens and fountains.  A visual delight, which is one of the finest locations for any movie sets.

The festival is showing two high-budget movies in the court of Versailles.

Farewell My Queen, has an amazing line up on brilliant actors, stars Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois and Mozarts Sister, starring Marie Féret, Clovis Fouin, Marc Barbé, David Moreau, two drama movies not to be missed.

Photo: filmlinc.org

Photo: filmlinc.org

Cannes comes to Melbourne, and my choice of movie is Mal De Pierres, starring my favorite French actress Marion Cotillard.  If you read my favorite five French movies, you will know my love for any movie starring Marion.

Comedy movies produced in France are incredibly funny.  Be prepared to step out of the box, and laugh until you have tears.

Lost in Paris is my first choice, as the main character, played by Fiona Gordon, is an extremely “kooky” Canadian, trying desperately to find her 93-year-old Aunt Martha, played by another of my favorite actors, Emmanuelle Riva, who stars in one of my favorite French movies, Armour.

Photo: hollywoodreporter.com

Photo: hollywoodreporter.com

Penny Pincer is another comedy I recommend, and will see if time persists.

Omar Sy starred in my favorite French movie of all times, The Intouchables, is another French actor who I follow.  He plays an ex-slave, circus performer in Monsieur Chocolat, which was a box office hit in France, so worth checking out.

There has been a strong feminist movement in France since the start of the French Revolution, in 1789.  This is projected today in many French movies.

In Bed With Victoria - a Parisian criminal lawyer and single mother battling to survive her two worlds, and the world of ex-husbands, younger lover, and a low sexual libido.  As stated above, the French are not scared to “keep it real” with controversial subjects, which are real life.  This movie is high on my must-see list.

Things To Come – another from the feminist list that interests me.  Nathalie is a philosophy college teacher in Paris, married, two grown-up children.  A 50-something who needs to re-invent her life and reassess her future after her husband leaves her suddenly for another woman.

The French Movie Festival is Australia wide.  For city dates, and more movies, please go to:

http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/

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