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EIFFEL : A GORGEOUS HISTORICAL FILM : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

The iconic Eiffel Tower proudly stands on the Champ de Mars in the heart of Paris as a beacon of French artistry and ingenuity. But what do we know of Gustave Eiffel, the engineering genius to whom the wrought-iron lattice tower is named after? This lovingly detailed biopic recreates Paris in the late 19th century to tell his story. 

Having already achieved international recognition for his work – which included the framework for the Statue of Liberty – Eiffel was in high demand. He wanted to design the Paris Subway, but the French government had other ideas: they wanted something special for the 1889 World’s Fair. Initially struggling for inspiration, everything changes when Eiffel encounters a mysterious woman that he once knew many years ago. Continue reading EIFFEL : A GORGEOUS HISTORICAL FILM : FIVE DOUBLE PASSES

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? THREE DOUBLE PASSES

In WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Juliette Binoche plays Claire, a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys, who is contending with the approach of middle age and remains stung by the betrayal of her ex-husband, who is building a new life with someone else. Claire has a new lover too, but is under no illusions as to his fidelity.

Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him: she’s ‘Clara’, vivacious, blonde… and 24 years old. He doesn’t take the bait, but his close friend (François Civil) does, and their online connection soon becomes flirtatious. Titillated by the opportunity of being “young again”, Claire’s deceptions lead both of her identities into increasingly dangerous territory. Part psychological drama, part thriller, this remarkable film based on the novel by Camille Laurens explores contemporary issues with sensitivity and intelligence and shows Binoche at her best.

WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?  is releasing in cinemas on Thursday 1st August.

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TWO IS A FAMILY : HIT FRENCH FILM BOUND TO WIN HEARTS

In TWO IS A FAMILY, Samuel (the irrepressible Omar Sy, The Intouchables) enjoys an A-list, hedonistic lifestyle on the sun-drenched beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Life is good, until the day former lover Kristin (Clémence Poésy) arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst – an infant daughter, Gloria – in his care.

Incapable of looking after a baby, Samuel rushes to the UK in an attempt to return the child to her mother, without any luck, and is forced to bringing up the daughter he never knew he wanted, but soon realises he cannot live without. Hugo Gélin’s bona fide crowd-pleaser not only stormed France’s Christmas holiday season (achieving a phenomenal three million+ admissions), it also charmed audiences internationally, becoming the most popular French-language film of 2017 worldwide.

TWO IS A FAMILY opens nationally on Thursday June 28. There will also be some advance screenings on June 22-24. The film has an M Rating. Running time is 117 minutes.

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