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French Cinema Now scores with standout works by reliable auteurs

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A scene from "fascinating trainwreck" The Minister
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Also worth checking out is Pierre Schoeller's fascinating train wreck of an information age political thriller, The Minister, starring longtime Dardennes player Olivier Gourmet as a compromised bureaucrat. The Long Falling, Martin Provost's second match up with actress Yolanda Moreau after Séraphine (2008), purposefully shuttles from a hardened Belgian village to an unmoored Brussels and features Agnès Godard's characteristically probing camerawork, itself a pride of French cinema. I wasn't able to preview Mia Hansen-Løve's Goodbye First Love, but if the director's wise and poignant second feature, The Father of My Children (2009), is any indication, it might well prove another highlight of an already strong French Cinema Now program.

"FRENCH CINEMA NOW"

Thurs/27-Tues/ 2, $12–<\d>$13

SFFS | New People Cinema

1746 Post, SF

www.sffs.org

 

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