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    Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2022 Mar. 3 - 13, 2022

    Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2022

    FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD

    Mar. 3-13, 2022

    Full Schedule on FLS Web Page


    VINCENT LINDON, JULIETTE BIINICHE UB FIRE/AVEC AMOUR ET ACHARNEMENT (CLAIRE DENIS)

    Here is a selection of this year's French series at Lincoln Center that I may be reviewing for Filmleaf

    Lost Illusions / Illusions perdues
    Xavier Giannoli, 2021, France, 149m

    French with English subtitles
    With this sweeping, sumptuous adaptation of one of Honoré de Balzac’s greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a surprisingly contemporary tale of corruption amidst an early form of “fake news.”


    Paris, 13th District / Les Olympiades, Paris 13e
    Jacques Audiard, 2021, 105m

    French, Mandarin, and English with English subtitles
    Webcams, casual sex, and the mores of modern love are all explored in this unsparing but nonjudgmental portrait of young Parisians in and out of love and lust from Palme d’Or–winner Jacques Audiard.


    Between Two Worlds / Le Quai de Ouistreham
    Emmanuel Carrère, 2021, France, 106m

    French with English subtitles
    When famed journalist Marianne Winckler (Juliette Binoche) goes undercover to investigate the exploitation of cleaning people in the north of France, she must grapple with the effects of her deception on the fellow workers she has come to befriend.


    Fire / Avec amour et acharnement
    Claire Denis, 2021, France, 116m
    French with English subtitles
    OPENING NIGHT FILM

    An ex-lover’s reemergence in the lives of Sara (Juliette Binoche) and her husband Jean (Vincent Lindon) propels this finely wrought and melancholic drama, in which director Claire Denis’s characteristic knack for capturing the intimate sensuality of everyday life is on full display.


    Rise / En corps
    Cédric Klapisch, 2022, France/Belgium, 117m

    French and English with English subtitles
    Reeling in the wake of devastating physical and emotional injuries, ballerina Elise (Marion Barbeau) slowly rebuilds her life while redirecting her efforts to contemporary dance in this latest crowd-pleaser from Cédric Klapisch.


    Anaïs in Love / Les Amours d'Anaïs
    Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, 2021, France, 98m

    English and French with English subtitles
    Thirtysomething Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) is in a manic search for stability when she embarks on a breathless love triangle with a middle-aged publisher and his partner, a formidable literary force in her own right, in Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s effervescent feature debut.


    Magnetic Beats / Les Magnétiques
    Vincent Maël Cardona, 2021, France/Germany, 98m

    English, German, and French with English subtitles
    Two teen brothers co-operating a post-punk pirate radio station in early-1980s Brittany fall in love with the same older woman in Vincent Maël Cardona’s feature-film debut, which reconstructs an intense moment of social and cultural change with heady immediacy.


    Hold Me Tight / Serre moi fort
    Mathieu Amalric, 2021, France, 97m

    French and German with English subtitles
    Mathieu Amalric’s most ambitious directorial effort to date is a virtuosic, daringly fluid portrait of one woman’s fractured psyche, featuring a riveting performance from Vicky Krieps as a wife and mother on the run from her family for mysterious reasons.


    Deception / Tromperie
    Arnaud Desplechin, 2021, France, 105m

    French with English subtitles
    Love, Israel, regret, and mortality are all in the heady conversational mix in the newest drama from Arnaud Desplechin—a faithful adaptation of Philip Roth’s classic novel, whose fusion of rigorous intellectual discourse and explosive emotionality is a perfect fit for the master filmmaker.
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    Rendez-Vous 2022 (Mar. 3-13), 2022: The Complete Lineup

    FILMLEAF FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD (FOR REVIEWS)

    FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS
    Shown at the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St.) except where noted

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    Opening Night
    Fire / Avec amour et acharnement
    Claire Denis, 2021, France, 116m

    French with English subtitles
    The legendary Claire Denis delivers an understated yet psychologically vivid romantic drama, co-written with her Let the Sunshine In collaborator Christine Angot. On her way to work one day, Sara (Juliette Binoche) spies her ex-lover François (Grégoire Colin) outside of the metro; shortly thereafter, by a seeming coincidence, François gets in touch with Jean (Vincent Lindon), his old friend—and Sara’s partner—to propose they go into business together on a new venture. François’s unexpected reemergence in their lives, and the emotional destabilization that comes with it, propel this finely wrought and melancholic narrative, with Denis’s characteristic knack for capturing the intimate sensuality of everyday life on full display, bolstered by a typically gorgeous score from regular collaborators Tindersticks. An IFC Films release. Berlinale Feb. 12, 2022.
    Thursday, March 3, 6:30pm (Introduced by Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche)
    Thursday, March 3, 9:15pm

    Anaïs in Love / Les Amours d'Anaïs
    Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, 2021, France, 98m

    English and French with English subtitles
    Behind on her rent, contemplating breaking up with her boyfriend, and struggling to complete her thesis, thirtysomething Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) is in a manic search for stability. An affair with middle-aged publisher Daniel (Denis Podalydès, also in this year’s Rendez-Vous selection Deception) seems like a dead end until Anaïs discovers the literary work of his formidable partner Emilie (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). Writer-director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s effervescent feature debut (which premiered in the Critics’ Week section at last year’s Cannes) draws in part upon her background in publishing to ground a tale of self-discovery as literate and delightful as it is unexpected, keeping both Anaïs and viewers off-balance until the very final, cliché-shattering final shot. A Magnolia Pictures release. French theatrical release Sept. 15, 2021. AlloCiné press rating 3.7.
    Sunday, March 6, 12:45pm (Q&A with Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet)
    Friday, March 11, 3:30pm

    Authentik / Suprêmes
    Audrey Estrougo, 2021, France, 112m

    French with English subtitles
    Doing for French rap duo Suprême NTM what Straight Outta Compton did for N.W.A., Audrey Estrougo’s crowd-pleasing and galvanizing biopic kicks off in 1989. A collaboration that begins on a whim between two friends takes off after an electrifying debut performance unexpectedly thrusts JoeyStarr (Théo Christine) and Kool Shen (Sandor Funtek) into the spotlight. The pair court controversy as their music increasingly speaks to their marginalized community’s struggles, building to a head when their single “Police” attracts official outrage. A dynamic reconstruction of a moment in hip-hop’s global explosion, Estrougo takes viewers back to a key moment in French society when long-dismissed voices started, quite literally, to be heard in a new way.
    Tuesday, March 8, 6:00pm (Q&A with director of photography Eric Dumont). Nov 24 2021, AlloCiné press rating 3.4.
    Friday, March 11, 1:00pm

    Between Two Worlds / Le Quai de Ouistreham
    Emmanuel Carrère, 2021, France, 106m

    French with English subtitles
    Famed journalist Marianne Winckler (Juliette Binoche) goes undercover to investigate the exploitation of cleaning people in the north of France, eventually landing a job on a ferry. As she learns more about the plight of these workers on the margins, Marianne grows closer to her new comrades—while simultaneously beginning to harbor concerns that she’ll be complicit in their exploitation when she returns to Paris and writes a book about her experiences. A longtime passion project for star Binoche, Between Two Worlds takes inspiration from investigative journalist Florence Aubenas’s 2010 best-selling nonfiction book The Night Cleaner; the writer would only agree to let it be adapted by the great French novelist Emmanuel Carrère, who co-wrote and directed this feature—his first since 2005’s acclaimed ˆLa Moustache. A Cohen Media Group release. Out Jan. 12, 2022 in France; AlloCiné press rating 3.5.
    Saturday, March 5, 6:15pm (Q&A with Emmanuel Carrère and Juliette Binoche)

    Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer / Bruno Reidal
    Vincent Le Port, 2021, France, 101m

    French with English subtitles
    1905: When Bruno Reidal (Dimitri Doré), a young seminary student, confesses to the brutal murder of a 13-year-old, three doctors are tasked with determining whether or not he’s insane. At a moment when the separation of church and state has just been legally codified in France, determining the motivations of a future member of the Catholic Church proves especially tricky. Under the supervision of Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne (Jean-Luc Vincent), Bruno is tasked with writing his memoirs to help the committee make their decision. Working from the real Reidal’s lucid, extraordinarily detached, and analytical volume, Vincent Le Port’s feature debut is a chilly, unnerving, and existentially charged portrait of a sexually driven killer within a religious milieu. Mar. 23, 2022 release in FRance. AAlloCiné.
    Wednesday, March 9, 1:00pm
    Friday, March 11, 9:00pm

    Deception / Tromperie
    Arnaud Desplechin, 2021, France, 105m

    French with English subtitles
    “I’m a talk fetishist!” exclaims novelist Philip (Denis Podalydès) in one of the many conversations before, during, and after sex with his married (but not to him) partner (Léa Seydoux). Love, Israel, regret, and mortality are all in the heady conversational mix in the latest from master filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, My Golden Days). A longtime dream project for the co-writer and director, Deception is a faithful adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel of the same name, whose fusion of rigorous intellectual discourse and explosive emotionality is a perfect fit for Desplechin. The bold chorus of voices from lovers past, present, and possibly imaginary includes a deeply moving supporting turn from Emmanuelle Devos, the auteur’s frequent leading lady. French release Sept. 29, 2021. https://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefi...lm=287685.html
    release 3.6.
    Saturday, March 5, 9:15pm (Q&A with Arnaud Desplechin)
    Sunday, March 13, 3:30pm

    Everything Went Fine / Tout s'est bien passé
    François Ozon, 2021, France, 113m

    French and German with English subtitles
    After a stroke leaves him paralyzed in one arm, 85-year-old André Bernheim (Rendez-Vous favorite André Dussolier) demands that his eldest daughter, Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau), help him commit suicide. With the grudging support of her younger sister Pascale (Géraldine Pailhas), Emmanuèle begins sorting through the complicated processes and bureaucratic hurdles necessary to fulfill her father’s request. Based on an autobiographical novel by Emmanuèle Bernheim, the latest film from the ever-unpredictable, genre-hopping François Ozon is a dramatic change of pace from last year’s nostalgic and romantic Rendez-Vous selection Summer of 85. Unsentimental and often surprisingly funny, Everything Went Fine offers both a look at the logistics of approaching death on one’s own terms and a nuanced portrait of a complicated family, featuring the legendary Charlotte Rampling (Ozon’s Under the Sand star) as André’s estranged wife. A Cohen Media Group release. French release Sept. 22, 2021. AlloCiné press rating 3.4.
    Monday, March 7, 6:00pm

    Gallant Indies / Indes galantes
    Philippe Béziat, 2020, France, 108m

    English and French with English subtitles
    In 2019, eight opera singers and 30 dancers from a wide variety of artistic and demographic backgrounds convened at Paris’s Opéra Bastille to begin work on an ambitious new production of Les Indes galantes. The baroque composition by Jean-Philippe Rameau is a cornerstone of French musical history, but its beautiful melodies come alongside a host of outdated conceptions of “exotic” locations and peoples. Philippe Béziat’s documentary captures the work of this multifaceted troupe under the direction of artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore; together, they work to deliver Rameau’s opera into the 21st century and the everyday diversity of contemporary France, integrating questions of racism, classism, and colonialism into a radical new staging that both honors and transforms the original text. A Distrib Films US release. Jun. 23, 2021 FRench release. AlloCine press rating 3.7.
    Saturday, March 12, 6:15pm (Q&A with Philippe Béziat)

    Guermantes
    Christophe Honoré
    French with English subtitles

    North American Premiere
    When Rendez-Vous regular Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, On a Magical Night) began work on a stage adaptation of Proust in spring 2020, the COVID pandemic quickly shut it down. Rehearsals resumed that summer, but when performances were once again canceled until fall, Honoré decided to adapt by continuing to rehearse for the pure, communal joy of the theatrical experience—even if there would be no in-person audience to witness the performances that resulted. That’s the part-real, part-fictional premise of Honoré’s latest film, which—for the first time—places the writer-director front and center as a character in his own work. Despite the obstacles around them, Honoré and his theatrical community forge ahead, finding love, inspiration, and a healthy helping of casually nude conversations along the way. French release Sept. 29, 2021. AlloCine press rating 3.4.
    Tuesday, March 8, 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 13, 12:30pm

    Hold Me Tight / Serre moi fort
    Mathieu Amalric, 2021, France, 97m

    French and German with English subtitles
    Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Bergman Island) gives another riveting performance as Camille, a woman on the run from her family for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. Widely renowned as an actor but less well-known here for his equally impressive work behind the camera, Mathieu Amalric’s sixth feature directorial outing—his most ambitious to date—is a virtuosic, daringly fluid portrait of one woman’s fractured psyche. Alternating between Camille’s adventures on the road and her abandoned husband Marc (Arieh Worthalter) as he struggles to take care of their children at home, Amalric’s film keeps viewers uncertain as to the reality of what they’re seeing until the final moments of this richly rewarding, moving, and unpredictable portrait of grief. French release Sept. 8, 2021. AlloCiné press rating 3.8.
    Sunday, March 6, 9:00pm (Q&A with Mathieu Amalric)
    Sunday, March 13, 6:00pm

    The Horizon/L'Horizon
    Emilie Carpentier 2021 France 85 minutes French with English subtitles

    French with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    As Emilie Carpentier’s debut feature The Horizon begins, 18-year-old Adja (Tracy Gotoas) is disconnected from her community—indifferent to climate change and mocking the efforts of activists to oppose construction of a new mixed-use facility. But when she grows closer to classmate Arthur (Sylvain Le Gall)—an earnest activist and fellow intern at a nursing home—Adja begins to find a sense of purpose in political engagement, drifting away from her shallow group of friends. At The Horizon’s center is an in-depth immersion in the routines, self-constructed communities, and urgent day-to-day efforts of an organically diverse coalition of young activists. Harnessing flawless performances from her young leads, Carpentier plunges viewers into the midst of a new generation of activists’ coming of age. Feb. 9, 2022 French release, AlloCiné press rating 2.6.
    Tuesday, March 8, 1:00pm
    Thursday, March 10, 6:00pm (Q&A with Emilie Carpentier)

    Lost Illusions / Illusions perdues
    Xavier Giannoli, 2021, France, 149m

    French with English subtitles
    In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré (Benjamin Voisin) arrives in Paris as a sensitive and idealistic young poet determined to write a reputation-making novel. Instead, he finds himself swept into journalism, whose influence and reach is booming with the help of the printing press, widely available of late. Under the mentorship of editor Étienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste), Lucien agrees to write rave theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience. With this sweeping, sumptuous adaptation of one of Honoré de Balzac’s greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a surprisingly contemporary tale of corruption amidst an early form of “fake news,” boasting an all-star cast that includes Gérard Depardieu and Jeanne Balibar. A Music Box Films release. French release Oct. 20, 2021, AlloCiné press rating 4.0.
    Tuesday, March 8, 9:00pm
    Friday, March 11, 6:00pm

    Madeleine Collins
    Antoine Barraud, 2021, France/Belgium/Switzerland, 102m

    French with English subtitles
    Judith Fauvet (Virginie Efira, most recently acclaimed for her leading performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta) leads a double life with two families: raising a daughter with one partner in Switzerland, and another two sons in France with another. The mysterious reasons for Judith’s lies, and the complications that ensue from her increasingly futile efforts to keep the two lives separate, propel the third narrative feature from Antoine Barraud (Portrait of the Artist, Rendez-Vous 2015), anchored by a virtuoso turn from Efira in all of her character’s many guises. The question of what Judith wants is slowly unraveled in this gorgeously shot film that’s equal parts drama and thriller—unpredictable in its unfolding, full of unexpected twists, and unexpectedly satisfying in its resolution. Dec. 22, 2021 French release, AlloCiné press rating 3.7.
    Friday, March 4, 3:45pm (Q&A with Antoine Barraud)
    Saturday, March 12, 9:15pm (Q&A with Antoine Barraud)

    Magnetic Beats / Les Magnétiques
    Vincent Maël Cardona, 2021, France/Germany, 98m

    English, German, and French with English subtitles
    Brittany, early 1980s: With political and cultural transition in the air, little brother Philippe (Thimotée Robart) stands in awe of moody, indulgent, but charismatic older sibling Jérôme (Joseph Olivennes). The two are passionate about operating a post-punk pirate station named (in homage to Joy Division) Radio Warsaw. Jérôme is the silver-tongued but mercurial on-air DJ, Philippe the shy technical support with a talent for sonic collage. Both fall for single mother Marianne (Marie Colomb), just before Philippe has to begin his compulsory year of military service abroad in Berlin. Vincent Maël Cardona’s feature-film debut (which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at last year’s Cannes) is a heady, emotionally rich reconstruction of an intense moment of social and cultural change, complete with an excellent soundtrack. No. 17, 2021 French releasae, AlloCiné press rating 3.7.
    Saturday, March 5, 3:30pm (Q&A with Vincent Maël Cardona)
    Wednesday, March 9, 8:30pm

    Our Men / Mon légionnaire
    Rachel Lang, 2021, Belgium/France, 106m

    French, Russian, and English with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    In a dramatic change of pace from his usual urbane parts, Louis Garrel (a regular presence in Rendez-Vous selections and a talented director in his own right) stars as Maxime, a stoic commander in the French Foreign Legion. Stationed at an outpost in Corsica, Maxime is placed in charge of a dangerous and sensitive mission to Mali. Under his command is Ukrainian soldier Vlad (Aleksandr Kuznetsov), whose fiancée Nika (Ina Marija Bartaité) babysits for Maxime’s wife (Camille Cottin). Deftly juggling the perspectives of officers, the men they command, and the partners of both, Our Men is an impressively assured and unsensational drama about an oft-misunderstood organization, given palpable realism by writer-director Rachel Lang, who draws upon her own background as an officer in the French army reserves. Oct. 6, 2021 French release, AlloCiné press rating 3.3.
    Friday, March 4, 1:00pm
    Monday, March 7, 8:30pm

    Paris, 13th District / Les Olympiades, Paris 13e
    Jacques Audiard, 2021, 105m

    French, Mandarin, and English with English subtitles
    Transplanting the work of graphic novelist Adrian Tomine from the U.S. to France, Palme d’Or–winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan) dives into the mores of modern love in his latest film. A series of overlapping characters and stories begins with Émilie (Lucie Zhang), a young woman who hooks up with the first roommate she finds to supplement her income. Meanwhile, young Nora (Noémie Merlant) is mistaken for an online sex worker, Amber Sweet (Jehnny Beth, of the post-punk band Savages), and gets in touch with her, only to unexpectedly develop a connection. Casual sex, webcams, and fluidly intertwining relationships are all explored in this unsparing but nonjudgmental portrait of young Parisians in and out of love and lust. An IFC Films release. Nov. 7, 2021 French release, AlloCiné press rating 3.7.
    Friday, March 4, 9:00pm (Q&A with Jacques Audiard)
    Monday, March 7, 1:00pm

    Petite Solange
    Axelle Ropert, 2021, France, 86m

    French with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    Jade Springer makes an extraordinary feature-film debut as Solange, a lively 13-year-old living in Nantes with her music-shop-owner father Antoine (Philippe Katerine) and actress mother Aurélia (Léa Drucker). When their marriage starts falling apart, the normally cheerful Solange is unprepared and emotionally destabilized. While her brother Romain (Grégoire Montana) takes advantage of an opportunity to avoid turmoil by going abroad, Solange feels increasingly alone and erratic in navigating this unexpected familial collapse. Deftly transitioning from comedy to drama, director Axelle Ropert (Miss and the Doctors, Rendez-Vous 2014) takes inspiration from The 400 Blows in a sensitive divorce drama that places children, rather than adults, at the center of attention.Feb. 2, 2022 French release, AlloCiné press rating 3.6.
    Monday, March 7, 3:30pm
    Saturday, March 12, 12:30pm (Q&A with Axelle Ropert)

    Rise / En corps
    Cédric Klapisch, 2022, France/Belgium, 117m

    French and English with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    Ballerina Elise (Marion Barbeau) suffers two injuries at the same time: a devastating fall on stage that leaves her injured and unable to dance for up to two years, and her partner suddenly and humiliatingly breaking up with her for another dancer. Initially devastated, Elise slowly rebuilds her life while redirecting her efforts to contemporary dance in the troupe of real-life Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, playing himself. Opening with a lengthy performance sure to delight ballet aficionados, Rise places real-life ballerina Barbeau at the center of the latest crowd-pleaser from Cédric Klapisch (L'Auberge espagnole; Rendez-Vous 2020 selection Someone, Somewhere). In a star-making performance, Barbeau—a principal in the Paris Opera Ballet—proves every bit as talented an actress on screen as she is a dancer on stage. Coming in French Mar. 30, 2022.
    Wednesday, March 9, 6:00pm
    Sunday, March 13, 8:30pm

    Robust / Robuste
    Constance Meyer, 2021, France/Belgium, 95m

    French with English subtitles
    Well past his prime, once-famed actor Georges (Gérard Depardieu) is struggling with health problems and a reputation for being difficult to work with. While preparing for his latest role, Georges is thrown for a loop when his assistant takes time off, leaving him temporarily dependent on help from replacement security guard (and amateur female wrestler) Aïssa (Déborah Lukumuena). The two develop an increasingly warm and supportive relationship in Constance Meyer’s assured feature debut, whose premise is reminiscent of the unlikely friendship in 2012’s Rendez-Vous selection The Intouchables, but with a drier sense of humor that’s all its own. Front and center is Depardieu, winking at his own image as an increasingly difficult and divisive legend in a part as hilarious as it is poignant. Mar. 2, 2022 French release.
    Sunday, March 6, 3:30pm (Q&A with Déborah Lukumuena)
    Thursday, March 10, 3:45pm

    Secret Name / La Place d'une autre
    Aurélia Georges, 2021, France, 112m

    French with English subtitles
    While serving on the front lines of World War I, a former sex worker who’s now a nurse, Nélie Laborde (Lyna Khoudri, The French Dispatch), is given the unexpected chance to start a new life when one of her patients, Rose Juillet (Maud Wyler), is seemingly killed by invading German troops. Nélie assumes Rose’s identity and leaves the field of battle for the north of France, where the well-off Eléonore de Lengwil (Rendez-Vous favorite Sabine Azéma) lives. Rose was to be her ward, and—under her false identity—Nélie grows closer to Eléonore over their shared love of literature. Loosely adapted and updated from a Wilkie Collins novel, Aurélia Georges’s film (which premiered at last year’s Locarno Film Festival) brings the intensity of a thriller to a thoughtful drama about female identity. AlloCiné press rating 3.4
    Thursday, March 10, 1:00pm
    Saturday, March 12, 3:15pm (Q&A with Aurélia Georges)

    A Tale of Love and Desire / Une histoire d'amour et de désir
    Leyla Bouzid, 2021, France/Tunisia, 102m

    French and Arabic with English subtitles
    Two students from very different backgrounds, both enrolled at the Sorbonne, find themselves passionately attracted to each other in Tunisian-born writer-director Leyla Bouzid’s sophomore feature. Ahmed (Sami Outalbali) is a shy, socially conservative Arab of Algerian background, born and raised in Paris; Farah (Zbeida Belhajamor) is an outgoing, sexually confident young Tunisian immigrant. They meet on the way to the same bookstore to purchase ancient, sexually charged Arabic poetry, and their mutual study of these texts helps kindle a spark between the two that causes Ahmed to increasingly question his values. Bouzid’s sensual and sensitive drama is a cross-sectional portrait of the diverse varieties of Arab diaspora life unfolding in the heart of a very contemporary Paris. A Distrib Films US release
    Saturday, March 5, 12:30pm (Q&A with Leyla Bouzid)
    Wednesday, March 9, 3:30pm

    Touchez pas au grisbi
    Jacques Becker, France/Italy, 1954, 94m

    French with English subtitles
    Aging hoods Max le Menteur (Jean Gabin) and Riton (René Dary) are sitting pretty after pulling off the heist of a lifetime—50 million francs in gold bullion snatched at Orly airport. For Max, this grisbi (loot) will ensure him a cushy retirement; for Riton, it will help him hold onto his two-faced girlfriend Josy (Jeanne Moreau, in one of her earliest film appearances), who, along with Max’s moll Lola, is appearing in a new floor show at the nightclub of their longtime underworld buddy, Pierrot (nicknamed “Fats”). But Max and Riton have another thing coming. Director Jacques Becker’s brilliantly crafted, surprisingly poignant crime drama features Gabin in a tremendous performance that helped relaunch his sagging career and won him the Best Actor award at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.
    Friday, March 4, 6:30pm (Introduced by Jim Jarmusch)

    Undercover / Enquête sur un scandale d'État
    Thierry de Peretti, 2021, France, 121m

    French with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    TRAILER
    (AlloCiné press rating 4.1)
    Based on the real-life scandal that led to the 2017 indictment of police chief François Thierry for drug smuggling, Undercover patiently untangles a complicated trafficking scheme that unfolded within the legal system itself. When informant Hubert Antoine (Roschdy Zem) makes his initial outreach to Libération journalist Stéphane Vilner (Pio Marmaï), he produces documentation that reveals narcotics chief Jacques Billard (Vincent Lindon, also in this year’s Opening Night selection Fire) to be a high-level trafficker. The dogged, sometimes thorny relationship between the two men over three years—and the consequences of their revelations—drive this methodical procedural in the tradition of All the President’s Men and Spotlight, shot by Claire Mathon (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) with classical restraint and elegance.
    Sunday, March 6, 6:15pm
    Thursday, March 10, 8:45pm
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    Watch the Filmleaf Festival Coverage section for this year's Rendez-Vous HERE.
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    BRUNO REIDAL: CONFESSION OF A MURDERER/BRUNO REIDAL, CONFESSION D'UN MEUTRIER (Vincent Le Port 2021)

    Stunning Bressonian and poetic treatment of the true story of a teenage murderer early in the last century.

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    OUR MEN/MON LEGIONAIRE (Rachel Lang 2021)

    Louis Garrel stars as a zealous second lieutenant in the French Foreign Legion in a film thhat's nice=looking but a bit thin. The film where Garrels wears a uniform that I'd rather have seen is Roman Polanski's much-praised elucidation of the Dreyfus Case, J'Accuse/An Officer and a Spy.

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    MADELEINE COLLINS (Antoine Barraud 2021)

    The brilliant and beautiful comedienne Virginie Efira stars in this excellent psychological thriller about a woman attempting to live two lives who starts getting confused and arousing the suspicions of her duel sets of children. After her star turn in Verhoeven's lurid Benedetta, Efira is on a roll.

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    MAGNETIC BEATS/LES MAGNETIQUES (Vincent Maël Cardona 2021)

    The striking young newcomer Thimotée Robart makes a compelling lead in this period homage to the late-70's-early-80's era of post punk and pirate radio that is also a coming of age story. This film has a nice look, style, and flow.

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    GUERMANTES (Christophe Honoré 2021)

    The premise of this pseudo-documentary about a group of Comédie-Francaise actors twists reality. It says (which isn't quite true) that Honoré's play based on Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu was not put on due to the pandemic, and the cast decided to go on rehearsing it anyway. Lots of fun and frolic and attractive people, but it's messy and a bit long. Honoré is one of the characters, as himself.

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    SECRET NAME/LA PLACE D'UNE AUTRE (Aurélia Georges 2021)

    Adapted from a Wilkie Colins novel, this is a classic costume adventure of a young woman with nothing whose picaresque adventures lead her to assume the identify of a well-born but penniless woman she thinks has died in WWI. Cozy, involving stuff, this owes a lot to its two leads, the supple Lyna Khoudri as the young adventuress and the great Sabine Azéma as the posh lady who enjoys being deceived.

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    ROBUST/ROBUSTE (Constance Meyer 2021)

    The physically imposing and utterly confident young Déborah Lukumuena plays a wrestler and security guard who does a stint as the aide-protector of Georges, a blowsy and burnt-out actor of former renown, who just happens to be played by Gérard Depardieu. Constance Meyer has created an engaging two-hander that draws you in by seeming to have nothing to prove.

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    PETITE SOLANGE (Allexe Ropert 2021)

    The girlfriend of lively French cinema figure - critic, talker, actor, writer, director - Serge Bozon, whose sister has done handsome cinematography for Ropert before but doesn't here - Ropert, also more a writer than director, has crafted a misfire here. Formerly she did several oddball dramas and a comedy. This appears to be a familial melodrama to show how a couple's breakup can be emotionally devastating on their teenage daughter. Underneath everything is airless and surreal.

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    HOLD ME TIGHT/SERRE MOI FORT (Matthieu Amalric 2021)

    The celebrated actor has directed another interesting film, this one revolving around a family in the Pyrenees, a melodrama/puzzle picture about grief interweaving vignettes from reality and imagination, past and present. You can pleasantly lose yourself in its glamor and complexity, but ultimately it comes to seem too much in love with its own cleverness and the emotion gets lost. Introduced in the Premières section at Cannes the theatrically released in the French prime cultural season (September, "La Rentrée), it has been generally well received in France.

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    PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT/LES OLIMPIADES, PARIS 13e (Jacques Audiard 2021)

    A round-robin sort of plot (which I've summarized in some detail) focuses on a trip of millennials flowing in and out of studies, jobs, sex, and commitments in a part of Paris not depicted in the usual glossy French film, a block of high-rises in an outer south-east arrondissement of the city. Audiard's turn to sexual comedy is realistic. Celebrated scenarist (and now director) Céline Sciamma collaborated with Audiard and several others in repurposing and rearranging stories from Japanese-American comic book writer/artist Adrian Tomine for the characters and narrative raw material. US theatrical release coming April 15, 2022.
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    RISE/EN CORPS (Cédric Klapisch 2022)

    A young classical ballet dancer (played by real dancer Marion Barbeau) gets dumped and slips in a performance and injures her foot. The doctors say healing will be prolonged and she may never dance again but she finds a new career and a new boyfriend and rapidly recovers when invited to join practice of a modern dance company. The perfunctory, conventional plotline is compensated for by the charm of the actors and a lot of real, enjoyable dancing. Opens in France March 30, 2022.

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