Top Picks For 2018 French Film Festival
If you are a regular follower of Cazinc, you will know how much I love everything French, including their movies. Believe it or not, the French are extremely funny and passionate about love, and this is reflected in their films.
What is it about French cinema and their innate affinity with using film as a powerful way to tell stories? Perhaps it is because, as film critic Henry Porter observes, the French accept that cinema is more than entertainment, a revenue earner and an employment generator: it is culture.
The biggest film festival in Australia, and the biggest outside of France, The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returns – and if you’re looking for an overarching theme that sums up the 45 films that make up the 2018 festival, it would have to be diversity.
This year it has been nearly impossible for me to bring you our favourite movies because I have all of them on my bucket list to watch, but I have managed to pick out a few.
Enjoy a glass of French wine and cheese or canapés on arrival, then settle in and enjoy your movie.
This is my selection of movies with the trailers for you to peruse. Please go and see one or a few as I guarantee you will enjoy what you see.
1. C'est la vie
The opening night movie C'est la vie is a must see for me as the brilliant French filmmakers, Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache from my all-time favourite French movie, The Intouchables reunite.
The movie is a comedy about a wedding, which threatens to erupt into a nightmare for the cantankerous party planner, Max. If this movie is anything like The Intouchables, then be ready for some severe face ache and dancing in your seat.
2. Normandy Nude
This was a must-see because it stars my favourite French actor, also from The Untouchables, François Cluzet.
Another comedy movie and directed by Philippe Le Guay of "The Women On The 6th Floor" fame, it is a warm and wise tale of a proud farming community who must put their grievances aside in order to save their village.
As you will see in the trailer below, you will be in stitches as the community has to go naked. There aren't subtitles in this trailer, but you will be able to follow the antics of this movie.
3. 50 Is The New 30
And how true this is! As I turned 50 last year and only feel 30, this had to go into my fav picks.
Marie-Francine finds her husband a bore and her parents are overbearing. But after being downsized out of her career as a chemical researcher and kicked by a younger woman in the same week, she has to make some changes to her life. Marie-Francine decides to move in with her parents, who encourage her to open her own business.
This romantic comedy is one to see with the girls.
Ok, it's another romantic comedy (I did state how fabulous the French comedy movies are) for the girls. If you are like me and like the movies centred around middle-aged women who are in the midst of major personal and professional life crisis and need change, then this is another one for you.
Fifty-year-old Aurore (staring the brilliant Agnès Jaoui), separated from her husband and newly unemployed, discovers she is to become a grandmother. She feels as if her own life has come to a standstill, and is slowly being pushed to the fringes of society. But after bumping into the great love of her youth, something changes. Aurore wonders if it might still be possible to embark on something new.
5. Number One
Based on the corporate women of France and the problems they face, I have added this drama that will leave you thinking. No doubt you will see similarities with the corporate women of Australia.
Having risen through the ranks of a major energy firm to become a member of their board of directors, Emmanuelle is challenged by an influential network of women to help her grow to the head of the company, creating an all-out gender war as she will become the first woman to hold such a high position.
What are your favourite movies playing at the festival?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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