French Film Fest

The best of French cin­ema screens at Palace Cinemas. Here are our picks

Time Out (Melbourne) - - INSIDE - Edited by Nick Dent time­out.com/mel­bourne/film

More great movies than you can poke a baguette at

C’est La Vie! (Le sens de la fête) The open­ing night film is from the di­rec­tors of the 2011 smash hit The

In­touch­ables. It’s about a wed­ding that turns into a night­mare for the party’s Basil Fawlty-like plan­ner, Max (Jean-pierre Bacri). 50 Is the New 30 (Marie-francine) Clos­ing night’s com­edy, from di­rec­tor and star Valérie Le­mercier, is about a wo­man at a low ebb in life who moves back in with her par­ents at age 50. Dou­ble Lover (L’amant dou­ble) François Ozon is a film­maker who de­liv­ers one of the things we love most about French cin­ema – ef­fort­less eroti­cism. His new film con­cerns a for­mer model, Chloé (Marine Vacth), who falls for her ther­a­pist (Jérémie Re­nier), but their ro­mance is com­pli­cated by a malev­o­lent iden­ti­cal twin. See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) At the end of World War I, a hum­ble book­keeper (Al­bert Dupon­tel) has his life saved by a sen­si­tive artist (Nahuel Pérez Bis­ca­yart), and the two team up to pull an artis­tic scam. The Re­turn of the Hero (Le ré­tour du héros) Jean Du­jardin stars as a Napoleonic-era Lothario who fails in his prom­ise to write to his fi­ancée daily from the front lines, so her sis­ter (Mélanie Lau­rent) steps in, Cyrano-like. Let the Sun­shine In (Un beau soleil in­terieur) Juli­ette Binoche plays a mid­dleaged artist look­ing for love in Paris who bounces be­tween men who don’t de­serve her, in­clud­ing a cad­dish, mar­ried banker and a ten­ta­tive ac­tor. Mont­par­nasse Bien­venüe (Je­une femme) Writer-di­rec­tor Léonor Sér­raille de­liv­ers a star­tling comedic drama about a 31-year-old wo­man, Paula (Læti­tia Dosch), re­turn­ing to Paris af­ter liv­ing abroad, try­ing to get a job and get her life in or­der. Mrs Hyde (Madame Hyde) This vari­a­tion on the Jekyll and Hyde story stars Is­abelle Hup­pert as a mousy physics teacher at a Parisian high school who be­comes some­thing else en­tirely af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning. Serge Bo­zon’s film clev­erly ex­plores in­equal­ity in French so­ci­ety. Jeal­ous (Jalouse) David and Stéphane Foenk­i­nos ( Del­i­cacy) wrote and di­rected this dark com­edy on the green-eyed mon­ster. Karin Viard is Nathalie, a 50-year-old di­vorcee who starts to envy the hap­pi­ness and suc­cess of ev­ery­one around her. Rock’n Roll Real-life cou­ple Guil­laume Canet and Mar­ion Cotil­lard play them­selves in a spoof of their own celebrity. While Canet tries to re­cap­ture his youth, Cotil­lard is too wrapped up in her own act­ing ca­reer to no­tice. BPM (120 bat­te­ments par minute) Set in the early 1990s, the film con­cerns the fight for so­cial ac­cep­tance by peo­ple liv­ing with HIV. An in­ti­mate, heart-tug­ging drama, the film cen­tres on the ro­mance be­tween and ac­tivist and a young man liv­ing with HIV. The Work­shop (L’atal­ier) The lat­est from Lau­rent Can­tet ( The Class) is about a cre­ative writ­ing work­shop run by a nov­el­ist, Olivia (Ma­rina Foïs), and the dark un­der­cur­rents of French so­ci­ety un­veiled when peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds are thrown to­gether. Nick Dent

Òas­tor The­atre, Kino Cinemas, Palace Bal­wyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinemas Como and Palace West­garth. www. af­french­film­fes­ti­val.org. Feb 28-Mar 27.

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