June 2019

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Claire Darling

France  Rated M  94 minutes

Comedy / Drama

French with English Subtitles

Directed by Julie Bertuccelli

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Samir Guesmi, Laure Calamy, Alice Taglioni


Saturday 29 June 2:30pm

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What are we without our memories and most-treasured possessions? That’s the question that we’re invited to contemplate in Claire Darling, the thoughtful and affecting new film from Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left), based on the best-selling novel by Lynda Rutledge.

On the first day of summer, reclusive millionaire Claire (Catherine Deneuve) lays all of her worldly objects out on the front lawn of her mansion, impulsively determined to sell everything. As a horde of curious bystanders and opportunistic neighbours fight over the ridiculously underpriced antiques, each object stirs vivid memories for Claire of her flamboyant life. But soon, her long-estranged daughter Marie (Chiara Mastroianni) arrives, determined to stop these proceedings by any means...

Emotional, subtle and elegantly directed, Claire Darling is a deeply personal film for Bertuccelli, filmed in the estate of her own grandmother, and Deneuve is remarkable as always as the larger-than-life heiress, playing opposite her real-life daughter. This is a poignant story of emotional attachment, mis-remembered pasts, and the complexity of mother/daughter relationships. The ending may surprise you, and packs an emotional punch.



Belgium Netherlands France  Rated M  105 minutes


Directed by Lukas Dhont

French and Flemish with English Subtitles

Starring Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts, Katelijne Damen


Saturday 29 June 5pm

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Debut feature films rarely come as bold, proficient and award-worthy as Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont’s Girl (Golden Camera winner in Cannes in 2018), nor are debut performances so noteworthy as that of 15 year-old dancer Victor Polster in his star-making turn as a highly ambitious ballerina trapped in the body of a boy.

Lara is an adolescent transgender girl from Belgium. Her struggle is not so much with her gender identity as with her passion to become a professional ballerina. Supported by her Francophone father (Arieh Worthalter) and younger brother (Oliver Bodart), she commences her journey into gender reassignment, yet her teenage impatience and the immense pressures of ballet push Lara to the brink.

Lukas Dhont is remarkable in his directorial capturing of Lara’s introspection, as well as his handling of the turbulence that marks any pubescent experience, let alone that of a transgender person. It all comes together as a deeply humane coming-of-age drama that builds to a cataclysmic finale sure to leave you speechless.


Family Photo

France  Rated M  98 minutes

Comedy / Drama

Directed by Cécilia Rouaud

French with English Subtitles

Starring Vanessa Paradis, Camille Cottin, Pierre Deladonchamps, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Chantal Lauby


Sunday 30 June 2:30pm

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Award-winning director Cécilia Rouaud has assembled some of France’s most talented and beloved stars for Family Photo, her superbly witty and entertaining new dramedy, which achieved major success with French critics and audiences in late 2018.

Gabrielle, Elsa and Mao are three adult siblings, leading very different lives. Single mother and artist Gabrielle (Vanessa Paradis) has struggled to make ends meet, and finds herself working as a human statue along the Seine; Elsa (Camille Cottin) has married well but is increasingly distraught at her inability to conceive; videogame designer Mao (Pierre Deladonchamps) drowns his melancholy and frustration at the world in psychoanalysis and booze.

Their long-separated parents aren’t exactly helping matters. Pierre (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has taken up with a woman younger than them all, and Claudine (Chantal Lauby) drives everyone crazy. The passing of their grandfather forces a family reunion, and the raising of a question that none of them wants to face: what to do about beloved matriarch, Mamie?

Cleverly mixing hilarious sibling battles with moments of burgeoning romance and touching, if fragile, reconciliation, Family Photo delivers laughs and tears in way that many films try, but few achieve so expertly.


The Trouble With You

France  Rated M  107 minutes


Directed by Pierre Salvadori

French with English Subtitles

Starring Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Vincent Elbaz, Damien Bonnard, Audrey Tautou


Sunday 30 June 5pm

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One of the biggest audience hits of Cannes 2018 (where it premiered as the centerpiece of the Directors’ Fortnight section), this sparkling new screwball comedy from French cinema’s master of the genre Pierre Salvadori (Wild Target, Après Vous, Priceless) is an irresistible mix of laughs, action and romance.

Set on the French Riviera, the wonderful Adèle Haenel (The Unknown Girl, BPM) plays detective Yvonne, the principled young widow of the local police chief who was killed in the line of duty. Each night she puts their young son to sleep with tales of his daring and bravery,so naturally Yvonne is horrified to learn that her husband was not the embodiment of virtue as she had been led to believe, but rather that an innocent man, Antoine (Pio Marmaï), has spent eight years falsely imprisoned as a result of his corruption.

Yvonne decides to do everything she can to help return the hapless parolee to his regular life and devoted fiancé (a delightful, scene-stealing Audrey Tautou). Unfortunately, Antoine has trouble adjusting back to society, and soon blows a fuse that leads to an hilarious trail of destruction, where moral, social and romantic obligations are put to the test in a spectacular way.

A resounding critical and box office success in France, The Trouble With You is a rollicking, outrageously funny ride with a bit of a wild side. Strap yourself in before boarding.