Wednesday, March 9, 2011
"Paris je t'aime" Tuesday 03/15
Love generation. This film sets up a succession of scenes in different quarters of Paris. Short love stories, hidden, undeclared or even revealed are carried on by lots of different actors such as Fanny Ardant, Leila Bekhti (who just won a Cesar for her role in another French film) Natalie Portman, Juliette Binoche, Ludivine Sagnier or Gerard Depardieu.
" "Paris je t'aime", c'est au fond une déclaration d'amour au cinéma.", Telerama
" "Paris, je t'aime", is basically a love declaration to cinema", Telerama
"Il y en a pour tous les goûts (...) Et au pire, pour chaque spectateur, il y a des passages anodins et oubliables, mais jamais d'exaspération ni d'ennui.", Positif
"There are stories for each taste (...) And for each spectator, there are trivial and unforgettable parts, but never exasperation or boredom.", Positif
"La Bicyclette Bleue" part 1 Tuesday 03/22
part 2 Tuesday 03/29
1939. Léa Delmas (Leaticia Casta) lived in Montillac with her family in a vinyard next to Bordeaux. The war bean in the middle of this happiness and soon came chaos. Léa must affront the debacle, the exodus, the Nazi occupation, the fragility of feelings and death. In defiance of lots of dangers, she will choose the Resistance against the Occupation. Her youth, her courage and her ardor will enable her to fight for life and for her own amazing destiny.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
L'Alliance Francaise organise tous les mardi midi une projection de films francais pour améliorer la compréhension orale de ses étudiants et favoriser leur connaissance en culture francaise. N'hésitez pas a venir découvrir les classiques du cinéma francais!!
Devout yet lively, her life begins to take an unexpected turn as she and her new school mate, Michelle, befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk (Fanny Ardant), who lives nearby, who may not be Jewish, is ill, and may be guilty of a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow purge Anouk of her sins. Eventually this journeys into the forbidden and leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced.
This movie explores the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.
This movie centers around Jessica (Cécile de France), a beautiful young woman from the provinces who comes to Paris and lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistrot on fabled Avenue Montaigne, the city's nexus for art, music, theater and fashion. Jessica's customers include a popular TV actress (Valérie Lemercier) who is courting a major Hollywood director (Sydney Pollack) for her first serious film role ; a wealthy art collector (Claude Brasseur) who is about to liquidate a lifetime's worth of treasures at auction ; and an illustrious classical pianist (Albert Dupontel) who is at odds with his manager/wife (Laura Morante) as to where his career is headed.
Precisely because Jessica doesn't know how celebrated these people are, her guileless and completely unintimidated engagement in their lives has a transforming effect on them - an ultimately her.
During World War II... When their combat aircraft is shot down by the Germans, three English airmen parachute to the comparative safety of Nazi occupied France. One lands on the scaffold of an amiable painter and decorator, Augustin. Another lands on top of a concert hall and is rescued by the irascible but patriotic conductor Stanislas Lefort. The third ends up in the otter enclosure in a Parisian zoo. When they try to help the airmen keep a rendez-vous at the Turkish baths in Paris, Augustin and Stanislas quickly find that they themselves have become targets for the German soldiers. Assisted by the daughter of a puppeteer and an anti-German nun, the two unwilling heroes accompany the three airman on a reckless trek across France towards the neutral zone and safety.
Catherine Frot is Odette an ordinary woman, a mother of two children, working at a department store. She loves more than anything reading books by bestselling novelist Balthazar Balsan (Albert Dupontel). But Balthazar is not a happy man; his recent book is ridiculed and treated as a trash by a sneering critic, who, Balthazar knows soon, is having an affair with his wife! Heartbroken Balthazar finds consolation in a most unexpected place, however: a letter from Odette, most devoted fan of the writer, which leads him to her and a new life.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with our annual Fête de Noël. There will be French Carols, a roast pig, bûches de Noël and other delicious foods and wine... Le père Noël might make an appearance if we have enough children attending.
Free for members of the Alliance Française and $20 for non-members
Please call us or send us an email to let us know if you plan to attend.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
L'Alliance Francaise organise tous les mardi midi une projection de films francais pour améliorer la compréhension orale de ses étudiants et favoriser leur connaissance en culture francaise.N'hésitez pas a venir découvrir les classiques du cinéma francais!!
The daughter Laura 19, has a rendezvous with her biker boyfriend, and the son, Charly 17, roams the seaside with his best friend Martin who has a crush on him. Béatrix, sensitive to the situation, presumes her son is gay too. When her lover unexpectedly turns up, and Marc’s old flame appears, complications escalate into a historical explosion of pansexual interludes!
Their father, Jacques is content to let Paule run the show and let him collect his precious flies. Both Jean and Freddie endure bullying, punishments and unjust abuse until Jean rebels and enlists his brother to help wage a humorous yet vicious war against the oppressive matriarchal tyranny.
Philibert (Laurent Stocker) is a young, aristocratic history buff living - temporarily - in an apartment lower down, part of the estate of his late grandmother. He has let out part of it to up and coming cook Franck (Guillaume Canet), a gruff young loner and womaniser with a genuine love for his frail grandmother, Paulette (Francoise Bertin). When Camille falls ill, Philibert insists she stay with the two of them so he can look after her. And even though she and Franck clash, the trio manage to live together and learn from each other.
Regis Wargnier’s epic about French Indochina - from the years of French colonial imperialism to the days when American presence made itself felt and the country became known as Vietnam -is a story of romance and separation told through the backdrop of a country in turmoil.
The film centers on the relationship of the beautiful and imperious Eliane, a French rubber-plantation owner, and Camille, her adopted Indochinese daughter. The mother and daughter are very close until a diffident naval officer, Jean-Baptiste enters their lives. Eliane is in love with him, but Jean-Baptiste and Camille become attracted to each other and fall in love. Thinking that she is doing Camille a favor, Eliane arranges to have Jean-Baptiste transferred to the far-away Tonkin Islands. But Camille flees the plantation to go to the man she loves….
Monday, August 30, 2010
N'hésitez pas a venir découvrir les classiques du cinéma francais!!
The Alliance organizes french movies projections every tuesday at 12 to improve oral comprehension of the studients and to develop their knowledges about french culture...
Do not hesitate to discover with us famous french movies!!
"Cliente" (Tuesday 09/07)
Judith, a well-conserved middle-aged teleshopping anchorwoman, has vowed since her divorce to never get romantically involved again. To that end, she often hires escort-boys, which only her older sister, a divorcee still hoping to meet the love of her life, knows about. When Judith meets Patrick, an attractive semi-pro, she finds herself falling for him. However, Patrick's real name is Marco, who happens to be a married man pretending to work in construction in order to support his wife's recently-opened hair salon.
"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (Tuesday 09/14)
Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.
A young woman working in an umbrella shop becomes pregnant with the child of a mechanic she fell for. When he joins the military and goes off to war, she marries a wealthier young man to provide security for herself and her child.
"The Promised Life" (Tuesday 09/21)
Sylvia is a prostitute in Nice, with a self-protective talent for blocking out huge chunks of her past. When her 14-year-old daughter, Laurence, skips out on foster care to see her biological mom, Sylvia is rudely dismissive. In an episode of bad timing, Laurence ends up stabbing a pimp in Sylvia's apartment. Estranged mother and daughter beat a hasty retreat heading north via train, bus and the kindness of strangers to reunite with the husband and 8-year-old son she skipped out on after the boy's birth landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Sylvia's heartbreaking and perhaps impossible goal is nothing short of trying to put all the things that have come apart in her life back together again.
"The Last Metro" (Tuesday 09/28)
The Last Metro is set virtually in its entirety in a crumbling French theatre. During the Nazi occupation, Jewish director Lucas Steiner hides in the basement of the theatre, while his wife Marion stars in its latest production. Marion is enamored of leading man Bernard Granger, and he with her, but they resist temptation out of respect to her husband. When she is given a choice between loyalty to her husband and to her countrymen, her dilemma offers two logical solutions--both of which are acted out on stage during the play. This Pirandellian ending aside, The Last Metro is one of the few films to accurately capture the feeling of what it was like to live in Paris under the thumb of the Nazis.