Bon Cinéma : Films of France

April Film Series

What could be lovelier than Paris in spring? Join us this month for a healthy dose of escape with our April Film Series, Bon Cinéma, a celebration of French film. We will screen five contemporary films. The selections are spoken in French and subtitled in English.

All movies are FREE and they begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in the large lower-level meeting room.

Poster for "Amelie" Poster of "Swimming Pool" Poster of "The Chorus"


April 2 -- Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) (2001)
R, 122 minutes
Amélie is a shy young woman who loves life's small pleasures. In spite of her ability to find the beautiful in the ordinary, she yearns for love as well as a sense of direction. A sheltered childhood with a quirky family made Amélie a bit of an oddball in life and in work (at a Parisian café). One day, she discovers a box of boyhood treasures and decides to find its owner. It is the first day of the rest of her life!

Poster of "Jean de Florette"April 9 -- Swimming Pool (2003)
R, 103 minutes
Sarah Morton, a (fictitious) British novelist of renown, is plagued by writer's block. Her editor offers his villa in the south of France as an escape and hopefully a cure for her inertia. All goes smoothly until Julie, the editor's reckless daughter, arrives unannounced ... and unwelcome. The two are polar opposites and fur flies; but the discovery of a dead body changes everything.
 
April 16 -- The Chorus (2004)
PG-13, 97 minutes
A dreary boys' reform school in post-World War II France is blessed with the arrival of Clement, a passionate music teacher. He wants to inspire the students by involving them in a chorus. However, the headmaster is opposed and Clement must proceed in secret. What happens next is a heart-warming story of the gift of music.

Poster of "Manon of the Spring"April 23 -- Jean de Florette (1987)
PG, 133 minutes
This adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's classic novel takes place in Provence during the 1920s. A city man becomes the owner of a rural property that has a treasure -- a natural spring. A pair of covetous neighbors have dastardly designs to steal the water and the land. A mysterious death changes the water's course as it changes the lives of the characters.

April 30 -- Manon of the Spring (1987)
PG, 113 minutes
This film is the sequel to Jean de Florette as well as an adaptation of a novel by Marcel Pagnol. About ten years later we meet the shepherdess Manon, the daughter of the man who owned the property and its spring. She is determined to seek revenge for the death of her father. In an act of her revenge she goes so far as to alter the waters that flow to the village. However, humans cannot always overpower nature.