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    POMME IN THE SPIRIT OF ECSTASY

    Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2024: Favorites so far.

    I've seen close to two-thirds of the series. Go to the Filmleaf reviews of these HERE.

    The Animal KIngdom/Le règne animal (Cailley), with Romain Duris
    This Opening Night film may not win over the New York glitterati. Its fantasy-sci-fi actioner about a French father and son (Romain Duris, Paul Kircher) struggling in a world where humans are turning into animals may seem an odd choice for them. But Thomas Cailley knows how to ring new changes on familiar human combinations. This is the film that was most popular of all the Rendez-Vous in France.

    Banel e Adama (Sy)
    A beautiful fable of love, drought, and young stubbornness set in a desert-like region of Northern Senegal, by a young French-born, Senegalese-descent director whose debut was selected to be in Competition at Cannes last year. Lush image and sound, fresh and gorgeous.

    Auction /Le tableau volé (Bonitzer)
    A snappy, smart art thriller about the discovery of an important Egon Schiele painting lost since the late Thirties when it was seized from its Jewish owner by the Nazis. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this cool film.

    The Spirit of Ecstasy/La Vénus d'argent (Klotz)
    The pop star Pomme incarnates a gender-questioning young woman of tremendous ambition who toys with abandoning her dull world on a military base and being a high flyer in the world of finance. A fresh and magical film.

    Toni/Toni en famille (Ambrosiani)
    The "Call My Agent" Netflix star Camille Cottin as the single mother of five loving but turbulent teenagers who wants to nurture them along their different paths while striking out on a new one herself by attending university at 42. A movie full of warm humanity, affection, and hope. The director, Nathan Ambrosioni, is a wunderkind.
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    ÀMA GLORIA (Marie Amachoukeli 2013)

    An unusually complex as well as colorful and emotional look at the relation between a six-year-old French girl and her Cape Verdean nanny. It deepens by separation, when the child, Cléo (a remarkable Louise Mauroy-Panzani), flies by herself to West Africa to visit her nanny, Gloria ((Ilça Moreno Zego) for the summer, and things happen. A warm and touching film. Bring your handkerchiefs.

    Screened for this review as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, New York (Feb. 29-Mar. 10, 2024. Showtimes:
    Saturday, March 2 at 3:45pm (Q&A with Marie Amachoukeli)
    Thursday, March 7 at 1:30pm

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    ON THE ADAMANT/SUR L'ADAMANT (Nicolas Philibert 2023)

    This important documentary, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin and numerous other international awards, is being released in the US by Kino Lorber. It opens in New York on March 29th. Other cities will follow.

    See my review HERE.

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    ON THE ADAMANT: Now Playing in Select Theaters

    Opens April 19 in Los Angeles

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