Ten­der, touch­ing films

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice -

Two en­gag­ing French films about mod­ern fam­i­lies are screen­ing this week­end.

Two Is A Fam­ily (M) screens first and stars the ir­re­press­ible and mes­meris­ing Omar Sy and Cle­mence Poesy.

While work­ing on the Coˆte d’Azur Sa­muel sees Kristin ar­riv­ing — a wom­an­with whom he had an af­fair a year ear­lier.

She spots Sa­muel, puts their three-month-old daugh­ter Glo­ria in his arms, then im­me­di­ately leaves.

Slowly Glo­ria and Sa­muel form an un­break­able bond that is tested eight years later when Kristin shows up again.

The sec­ond film screen­ing is Aurore (M), a funny, ten­der and touch­ing film.

Sep­a­rated from her hus­band, Aurore loses her job and to top it off, learns that she will soon be a grand­mother.

Aurore con­tains many sly ex­am­ples of the in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour that women are sub­jected to and high­lighted in the cur­rent #MeToo move­ment.

She is slowly be­ing pushed to the edge of so­ci­ety, but when she ac­ci­dently runs into the great love of her youth, she is reluc­tant to get in­volved.

But what if a new life is about to be of­fered to her?

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, will be a sin­gle film screen­ing of Two Is A Fam­ily (M) at 1.30 pm. Tick­ets are $10 and in­clude a cuppa and bis­cuit fol­low­ing the show.

Both films will be screened on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6, at 6 pm and on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 7, at 6 pm. Sun­day is the start of the new day­light sav­ing cin­ema times.

Screen­ing on the week­end of Oc­to­ber 12 and 13 is the most re­cent film by Di­rec­tor Richard Lin­klater, Last Flag Fly­ing (M), which bril­liantly scru­ti­nises the com­plex­i­ties of war and its af­ter­math.

This is a poignant, thought­ful story that de­liv­ers a punch, re­gard­less of one’s opin­ion of war.

Thirty years af­ter serv­ing to­gether in the Viet­nam war, Larry ‘‘Doc’’ Shep­herd, Sal Nealon, and the Rev Richard Mueller re­unite for a dif­fer­ent type of mis­sion: to bury Doc’s son, a young Ma­rine killed in Iraq.

For­go­ing burial at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery, Doc and his old bud­dies share mem­o­ries on a bit­ter­sweet jour­ney to New Hamp­shire.

A riv­et­ting sus­pense drama, Chap­paquid­dick (M) is screen­ing sec­ond.

This film presents a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the tor­rid po­lit­i­cal scan­dal and mys­te­ri­ous events sur­round­ing the tragic drown­ing of a young woman when Ted Kennedy drove his car off the Chap­paquid­dick bridge.

It not only took the life of an as­pir­ing po­lit­i­cal strate­gist and Kennedy in­sider, it ul­ti­mately changed the course of pres­i­den­tial his­tory.

Aus­tralian ac­tor Ja­son Clarke was cast as the youngest of the four Kennedy broth­ers, Ted Kennedy, and de­liv­ers a con­vinc­ing por­trayal.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, at 1.30 pm the Be­nalla Branch of the ALP will present the thought-pro­vok­ing film, Where To In­vade Next (M), nar­rated and di­rected by Michael Moore.

Film­maker Michael Moore vis­its var­i­ous coun­tries to ex­am­ine how Euro­peans view work, ed­u­ca­tion, health care, sex, equal­ity, and other is­sues and dis­cov­ers just how dif­fer­ent the United States is from the rest of the world. Tick­ets are $15 and in­clude af­ter­noon tea fol­low­ing the film.

Com­ing up on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, is a Fri­day ‘‘Food and Film Night’’, screen­ing Edie (M). Tick­ets are $30 and in­clude a gourmet two-course meal (no con­ces­sions). Cater­ing is by Swan­pool Cater­ing Team. Phone 0498 007 988 for reser­va­tions by Oc­to­ber 14.

There will also be a Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, af­ter­noon mati­nee of Edie.

The candy bar al­ways opens half an hour be­fore screen­ing, with hot cof­fee, hot choco­late and treats avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.swan­pool­cin­ema.com.au or phone the cin­ema on (03) 5768 2415.

●Wan­garatta RSPCA, 1 Con­nell St, phone (03) 5722 2874.

●Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 10 am: School Hol­i­day Ac­tiv­ity — Make your own grass head (book­ings es­sen­tial). Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, 10.30 am: Story Time. Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 10.30 am: Tod­dler Tales (new pro­gram for one to three-year-olds). Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 1.30 pm: ‘‘On the Same Page’’ Book Group. Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 10 am: Bookspace. Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. For more de­tails, phone the Be­nalla Li­brary on 5762 2069. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

●Be­nalla Food Co­op­er­a­tive open day — sell­ing non-per­ish­able foods, we en­cour­age the re­spon­si­ble use of our Earth’s re­sources and sup­port Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers. Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 9.30 am to 12pm. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 9.30 to 12pm. Mon­day, Novem­ber 5, 4 pmto 6.30 pm. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, 9.30 am to 12 pm. Be­nalla Unit­ing Church, Car­rier St. (op­po­site Coles) in the old kinder­garten hall.

●For more de­tails, phone 0477 211 580.

Af­ter­math of war: Lau­rence Fish­burne, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell in a scene from Last Flag Fly­ing, which is screen­ing at Swan­pool Cin­ema on Oc­to­ber 12 and 13.

Riv­et­ing drama: Ed Helms stars as Joe Gar­gan and Jim Gaf­fi­gan as Paul Markham in a scene from Chap­paquid­dick, which screens at Swan­pool Cin­ema on Oc­to­ber 12 and 13.

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