The cinema group Lost in Frenchlation runs regular screenings in Paris of French films – both timeless classics and new releases – with English subtitles to help foreigners appreciate this important aspect of French culture.
Here is what's on the agenda for March.
Friday, March 6th – L'une chante, l'autre pas
The film: By intertwining the destinies of Pauline and Suzanne, two women brought together by a personal crisis, Agnès Varda paints a lively portrait not just of an era, but also of a burgeoning movement that remains uncomfortably relevant in the present day. Tackling abortion, sexual freedom, education and women’s friendship, Varda follows her two protagonists in the early 1970s in Paris in this trenchant manifesto-cum-fairy-tale French musical.
The details: Cinema Studio 28, 10 Rue Tholozé, 75018. Drinks at 8pm, screening at 9pm. Tickets €9 or €7.50 concessions.
Thursday, March 12th – Revenir
The film: Starring Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), Revenir is a 76-minute boiling pot of emotional frustration, a toxic gut punch that slowly reveals itself in a dark and brooding drama. Set near Valence, in a hilly region of the Drôme in south-eastern France, the film follows a Frenchman in his early thirties who returns to the farm of his childhood, and progressively discovers the truth about his past.
The details: Luminor Hotel de Ville cinema, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €9.50 or €7.50 concessions
Friday, March 20th – Petit Pays
The film: Gabriel, aged 10, lives in a comfortable ex-pat neighborhood in Burundi, his “small country”. Gabriel is a normal kid, happy, carefree and having adventures with his friends and little sister. Then in 1993 tensions in neighboring Rwanda spill over, threatening his family and his innocence.
The details: Club de l'Etoile, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €10 or €8 concessions.
Friday, March 27th – La fille au bracelet
The film: Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this French courtroom drama about a teenager caught in the spotlight of a murder case. What if Lise’s crime simply was that of being an adolescent of the 21st century? The Girl With a Bracelet comments intelligently on our culture’s propensity to sex-shame and emotionally instruct young women in particular.
The details: Luminor Hotel de Ville cinema, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €9.50 or €7.50 concessions.
For full details of these and other upcoming screenings, check out the Lost in Frenchlation website.