• Isabelle Huppert in 'Things to Come', by Mia Hansen-Løve (FFF)Source: FFF
Here are five films to catch at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival.
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16 Feb 2017 - 9:24 AM  UPDATED 13 Mar 2017 - 12:08 PM

Things To Come

Isabelle Huppert is stoic to a fault as she experiences a terrible, no good, very bad year, in Mia Hansen Love’s glorious Things To Come. One by one, the foundations of her comfortable life start to weaken, and the academic confronts the reality of middle age minus the people, places and the profession by which she’s defined herself. An intelligent, empathetic and genuinely moving film, full of small moments that speak volumes. Pick of the festival.

 

Being 17

Septuagenarian André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) taps back into the tumult of being a queer teenager in this vibrant spin on the coming-of-age drama. Over 12 months, a forced truce between violent rivals develops into something much stronger, and a shared family drama unearths a latent, confusing, potentially dangerous attraction. Co-writer Celine Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) reinforces her talent for writing about transformative moments of adolescence, and Sandrine Kilberlain gets a fully developed role as a woman /doctor/working mum spreading herself too thin.

 

Heal The Living

Brace yourself for an assault on your heart and your tear ducts, with this bittersweet story of two patients on life support, and the potential organ donation that connects them. Katell Quillevere (Suzanne) directs a superb cast of Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Siegner, Anne Dorval and Bouli Lanners, across a turbulent day of anguish and devastating decisions.

 

The Dancer

All About Eve meets the Belle Epoque in this story of passion, ambition – and strobe-lit billowing cotton. The Dancer charts the rise of cabaret performer Loie Fuller, whose mesmerising blend of choreography, costuming and production design made her the toast of Paris. Fuller’s success exacerbates her social anxieties, and she comes to rely on her ambitious protégée, Isadora Duncan, whose motives are never fully clear. The Dancer screened in the Un Certain regard sidebar of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and features standout performances from Soko, Lily Rose Depp and Gaspard Ulliel.

 

A Journey Through French Cinema

Veteran French writer-director Bertrand Tavernier dives deep into the archives of French film history with his personal tribute to Gallic greats - both known and overlooked (it ain't all New Wave). The three-hour opus is akin to his contemporary Martin Scorsese’s own sprawling citation of cinematic influences, My Voyage to Italy.

 

The Alliance Française French Film Festival opens in Sydney on March 7 and travels nationally throughout the month. Full festival details and program can be found here

 

Reviews and Interviews

Musician turned movie star Inna Modja sings out loud
From international hip-hop blues to campaigning for an end to FGM, Wùlu star Inna Modja shines bright in the West African drug trafficking thriller.
Natalie Portman on 'Planetarium', and finally working with a female director
"It’s significant that in 25 years of making films that this is my first time being directed by a woman in a feature film," The Oscar winner says.
Frantz review: Ozon's Lubitsch riff a tender, involving love story
François Ozon's loose adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch's 'Broken Lullaby' is a tender, involving love story set in post-World War I Europe.
Review: Xavier Dolan's 'It's Only the End of the World' is not very good
The French-Canadian wunderkind hits a snag with a film that features a rare poor performance from Marion Cotillard.

 

 

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