2020 marks the 31st year of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, the largest French film festival in the world. This post outlines some of the must-see movies, and a review of the media movie, Edmond.
The biopic Edmond tells the story behind playwright Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac. Writer Edmond Rostand (Thomas Solivérès) is at his wits end hoping for his big break, when stage legend Constant Coquelin (Olivier Gourmet) demands to star in Edmond’s next play. The only problem is the play has to be written in three weeks or the theatre will be closed down. Edmond struggles to find inspiration until he gets caught up in a love triangle with actor Léo (Tom Leeb) and costume designer, Jeanne d’Alcie (Lucie Boujenah). We all know the result – Cyrano de Bergerac. Edmond the movie was an unexpected treat about desire and deadlines. I haven’t heard a room of reviewers laugh so much for ages. 9 stars.
A few others I’ll be looking into are:
The Extraordinary is based on the real-life figure of Stéphane Benhamou who runs an informal shelter in Paris for autistic youth who’ve fallen through the cracks. The uncertified shelter is under threat when authorities start investigating it. The movie was honoured as the Closing Night feature at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Oh and did I mention is stars Vincent Cassel?
Poultry farmer Raymond (Guillaume de Tonquédec) lives happily with his wife (Léa Drucker) and their three children, but dreams of being on the stage. He acts out this dream to an audience of chickens. When the farms hits hard times Raymond starts broadcasting his theatrics to audiences via YouTube, co-starring his favourite hen, Roxane. Well why wouldn’t you?
Love at Second Sight – the Ladies comedy night
The ladies comedy night is always good fun and this year the movie is Love at Second Sight. If you liked Channing Tatum in The Vow you’ll like this one. It’s the tale of a man who wakes up in a parallel universe where his wife of ten years can’t remember him and he attempts to win her over again.
Bare Necessity – Closing night movie
The Perdrix family are held together by their matriarch, Thérèse (Fanny Ardant) who runs a radio show where she offers to solve her listeners’ personal problems. She’s unaware her callers are her supportive sons calling incognito. The family is forced to re-assess all they’ve taken for granted when a woman called Juliette (Maud Wyler) arrives. From earthworm experts to nudist revolutionaries to World War II re-enactments celebrating the region’s heritage, The Bare Necessity is said to be as eccentric as it is charming.
Others that look interesting are: La Belle Epoque, My Dog Stupid, 10 Days Without Mum, House of Cardin, and The Mystery of Henri Pick.