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Six French films with English subtitles in Paris in November

Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has six screenings of French films with English subtitles in November, from a tense police drama to a family comedy.

Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club in Paris that screens French films with English subtitles.
Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club in Paris that screens French films with English subtitles. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Thomas Hood’s poem has November as the month with no sun, no moon, no morn, no noon… He unaccountably failed to mention the fact there will be six English-subtitled French films for Paris-based cinephiles to enjoy, courtesy of those remarkable people at Lost in Frenchlation.

Here’s what is scheduled for this month.

Le Sixième Enfant

The month kicks off with Léopold Legrand’s drama about a struggling couple with five children and a sixth on the way, and the difficult arrangement they reach with a pair of childless but well-off lawyers.

On Friday, November 4th, doors at L’Entrepôt Cinema, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, Paris 14, open at 7pm for pre-screening drinks. The film starts at 8pm, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. Tickets cost €8.50 (€7 concessions)

Riposte Féministe

Cannes-listed documentary, directed by Marie Perennès and Simon Depardon, following several women as they fight back – literally and metaphorically – against misogyny in France. 

Tickets for the screening on Sunday, November 13th, at L’Entrepôt, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, Paris 14, cost €10 (€8 concessions).

An optional walking tour, following in the footsteps of Paris’s most famous female writers is offered, from 5pm, for €15.

Novembre

An out-of-competition film at Cannes earlier this year, Novembre tells the story of the aftermath of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris as police – under huge pressure – tracked down suspects across Europe before they could strike again. Jean Dujardin stars.

Drinks at 7pm at the Luminor Hotel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, Paris 4, precede the screening at 8pm on Thursday, November 17th. Tickets are €10 (€8 concessions)

L’Origine du Mal

Director Sébastien Marnier will be at the screening of his movie L’Origine du Mal, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards. The film, riddled with sly humour, tells the story of a woman on the verge of financial collapse, who attempts to reconnect with her wealthy, estranged father and his new family.

Tickets for the show, on Thursday, November 24th at L’Arlequin, 76 Rue de Rennes, Paris 6, cost €10 (€8 concessions).

L’Innocent

The final film of the month, screened on Sunday, November 27th, is L’Innocent, which follows a man’s efforts to prove the jailbird who has just married his prison drama teacher mum is still a no-good criminal.

Tickets for the show on November 27th at Luminor Hotel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, Paris 4, cost €10 (€8 concessions). Screening starts at 8pm, with pre-show drinks on offer from 7pm.

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French MP abandons bid to ban bullfighting

A bid to ban bullfighting in France has been abandoned, to the relief of lovers of the traditional blood sport and dismay for animal rights' activists.

French MP abandons bid to ban bullfighting

The 577-seat National Assembly had looked set to vote on draft legislation that would have made the practice illegal.

But the MP behind the bill withdrew it after lawmakers filed more than 500 amendments, many of them designed to take up parliamentary time and obstruct the vote.

“I’m so sorry,” Aymeric Caron, a La France insoumise (LFI) MP and animal rights’ campaigner, told the national assembly as he announced the decision in raucous and bad-tempered scenes.

Though public opinion is firmly in favour of outlawing the practice, the bill had already been expected to be rejected by a majority of lawmakers who
are wary about stirring up the bullfighting heartlands in the south of the country.

“We need to go towards a conciliation, an exchange,” President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday, adding that he did not expect the draft law to pass. “From where I am sitting, this is not a current priority.”

His government has urged members of the ruling centrist coalition not to support the text from the opposition LFI, even though many members are known to personally favour it.

During a first debate of the parliament’s law commission last week, a majority voted against the proposal by Caron, who denounced the “barbarism” of a tradition that was imported from Spain in the 1850s.

“Caron has antagonised people instead of trying to smooth it over,” a lawmaker from Macron’s party told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The bill proposed modifying an existing law penalising animal cruelty to remove exemptions for bullfights that can be shown to be “uninterrupted local
traditions”.

These are granted in towns such as Bayonne and Mont-de-Marsan in south west France and along the Mediterranean coast including Arles, Beziers and Nîmes.

Around 1,000 bulls are killed each year in France, according to the Observatoire National des Cultures Taurines.

READ ALSO EXPLAINED: Could bullfighting finally be banned in France?

Many so-called “bull towns” depend on the shows for tourism and see the culture of bull-breeding and the spectacle of the fight as part of their way of life – idolised by artists from Ernest Hemingway to Pablo Picasso.

They organised demonstrations last Saturday, while animal rights protesters gathered in Paris – highlighting the north-south and rural-versus-Paris divide at the heart of the debate.

“Caron, in a very moralising tone, wants to explain to us, from Paris, what is good or bad in the south,” the mayor of Mont-de-Marsan, Charles Dayot, told AFP recently.

Other defenders of “la Corrida” in France view the focus on the sport as hypocritical when factory farms and industrial slaughter houses are overlooked.

“These animals die too and we don’t talk enough about it,” said Dalia Navarro, who formed the pro-bullfighting group Les Andalouses in southern Arles.

Modern society “has more and more difficulty in accepting seeing death. But la Corrida tackles death, which is often a taboo subject,” she told AFP.

Previous judicial attempts to outlaw bullfighting have repeatedly failed, with courts routinely rejecting lawsuits lodged by animal rights activists, most recently in July 2021 in Nîmes.

The debate in France about the ethics of killing animals for entertainment is echoed in other countries with bullfighting histories, including Spain and Portugal as well as Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.

In June, a judge in Mexico City ordered an indefinite suspension of bullfighting in the capital’s historic bullring, the largest in the world.

The first bullfight took place in France in 1853 in Bayonne to honour Eugenie de Montijo, the Spanish wife of Napoleon III.

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