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French group bids to ban raunchy ‘Fifty Shades’ film for children

A Catholic group which succeeded in having Lars von Trier's ultra-violent film "Antichrist" banned from French cinemas, is now taking a case against the erotic romance "Fifty Shades Freed".

French group bids to ban raunchy 'Fifty Shades' film for children
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A Catholic group which succeeded in having Lars von Trier's ultra-violent film “Antichrist” banned from French cinemas, is now taking a case against the erotic romance “Fifty Shades Freed”.

The traditionalist Promouvoir (Promote) lobby group wants the film version of the last of E. L. James' trilogy on a sadomasochistic love affair banned for under 12s.

The blockbuster, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, can be watched by anyone in France even though only over 18s can see it in Britain.

US censors gave it an R rating, meaning under 17s must be accompanied by a parent.

“It's crazy that this film should be seen by seven-year-old children. It has to be banned for children under 12,” the group's lawyer, Andre Bonnet, told AFP late Thursday.

“The courts must judge if showing an adult film — especially when it is about this sadomasochistic relationship — is right for children,” he added.

The group has scored several court victories by using a clause in the French film classification rules which allows films to be pulled from cinemas if they might affect “the emotional development of children”.

Gaspar Noe's erotic odyssey “Love” was banned by the courts in 2015 and the permit for “Blue is the Warmest Colour”, which won the top Palme d'Or prize at
the Cannes film festival in 2013, was also withdrawn the same year over its lesbian scenes.

While “Love” was re-released with a revised 18 certificate, Tunisian-French director Abdellatif Kechiche's much-praised love story was left in legal limbo.

It prompted the French culture ministry, which has generally overturned the bans, to order a rethink of the rules.

Von Trier, the notoriously provocative Danish director, who revels in putting audiences and his actors through the wringer, admitted that

“Antichrist” was not for the faint-hearted when it was first shown.

It opens with a passionate sex scene between a couple played by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who are so absorbed in their love making they fail notice their toddler falling to his death from a window.

Promouvoir also tried to have the age classification for the first of the E. L. James' movies, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, raised when it was released in 2015, but without success.

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The one French film you need to see this month

If there's one film you have to see in France this month then "Le Chant du Loup", starring some of France's most famous actors is the one. French movie experts Lost in Frenchlation explain why.

The one French film you need to see this month
Photo: Screengrab YouTube trailer Le Chant du Loup

Submarine films are a subgenre of war films that are able to heighten intensity due to their unique setting.

They are able to go beyond the normal tensions of the average action film by highlighting the close quarters and removal from civilization.

In addition to the claustrophobia and isolation, there’s a number of things that can go wrong that far down, from machinery fires to decompression sickness.

Over 150 submarine films have been made in the past 100 years.

This genre is popular with French and Americans alike, leading to successful films such as The Hunt for Red October in America and now Le Chant du Loup (The Wolf's Call) in France, and even a cultural overlap in the English-language French-Belgian film Kursk.

Le Chant du Loup stars César Award winning actor, Omar Sy, who became one of France’s most popular actors after his role in Les Intouchables.

Mathieu Kassovitz of Amelie fame also stars in this film.

He is popular in France and abroad, earning him numerous awards from Cannes to Chicago.

Le Chant du Loup is “the wolf’s call” the sound of a sonar that can be detected by the main character of the film, an acoustic analyst known as “the golden ear”.

This film provides insight into French politics and warfare, fueled by director Antonin Baudry’s personal experiences from his time as a diplomat and advisor to the prime minister.

A realistic element is also added by the fact that the film was shot using real submarines and sets that were built in real scale.

Having the cast and crew move around in a confined space when filming allowed them to connect to the story.

Don’t miss this film being screened on Thursday March 14th at 7 pm at Cinéma Luminor with English subtitles by Lost in Frenchlation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/327875037849284/

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