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THE DANCER :A DANCER’S QUEST FOR BEAUTY AND PERFECTION

Part of the French Film Festival, THE DANCER is exquisitely, lushly photographed with some sensational performances. A feast for the eyes, it is fascinating for those who love dance, even if the film is heavily fictionalised. Some of the film is in English, at other times it is in French with subtitles.

Stéphanie Di Giusto’s film follows the life of avant- garde dancer Loie Fuller (Soko) who was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, lived with her father in the boondocks, and after his sudden tragic death was sent to live with her strict, God fearing mother in New York before becoming a sensation in the world of dance, first in New York and then in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, inspiring artists the like of Toulouse- Lautrec and Rodin and esteemed scientists such as Marie Curie.

The film also tells the story of her relationship and rivalry with Isadora Duncan, a fellow American who at one stage was Fuller’s protégé. Continue reading THE DANCER :A DANCER’S QUEST FOR BEAUTY AND PERFECTION

Sex, Love and Therapy

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Sophie Marceau stars in this sparkling romantic comedy to play at this year’s French Film Festival

A superb soufflé of a film, SEX, LOVE & THERAPY benefits from a sultry, sensual and sexy performance from Sophie Marceau.

Marceau plays Judith, a sex addict who has been dismissed from her job due to her addiction and has gone to live with her uncle who threatens eviction if she doesn’t find a job.

Going to an interview for a dental hygienist position, she inadvertently lands a gig as a trainee marriage counsellor, partnering with Lambert, a recovering sex addict, who is determined not to be seduced by the ready, willing and able Judith.

SEX, LOVE & THERAPY is light romantic comedy of high calibre, with writer/director Toni Marshall and her cast handling potentially salacious, crass, and puerile material with great insouciance and savoir faire. Continue reading Sex, Love and Therapy

3 Hearts

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Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Gainsbourg in 3 Hearts

What a tangled web we weave when we decide to allow the spiders of secrecy to spin their sticky entrapments.

Harried to potential cardiac arrest candidate, tax inspector Marc, misses his train back to Paris after working a case in Valence, near Lyon. In a café, he has a chance encounter with Sylvie, who has come in for a pack of cigarettes. They bond over nicotine and agree to an assignation in Paris later in the week.

Sylvie makes the rendezvous but Marc is caught up at the office over an excruciating tax matter concerning a couple of naïve Chinese businessmen with no French language skills. Continue reading 3 Hearts

The Connection

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Anyone with a fondness of and for the Academy Award Winning film, The French Connection, will relish the French perspective of the case in THE CONNECTION (LA FRENCH).

In 1975 Marseilles, dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) risks his life to crack a heroin ring masterminded by powerful mobster Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche).

The film chronicles over a six year period how these two men conduct their business, a conflict made all the more fascinating as these adversaries are so very much alike, even physically.

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