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Film Series

We are delighted to announce the return of the French and Francophone Film Series! This is a great opportunity to watch acclaimed international films right here in Wooster.  All screenings will be free, with English subtitles, and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  We have included synopses and trailers for all four films  We encourage you to invite your friends in the larger community.

Please note, we will be screening a family friendly film in December to mark the start of the holiday season !

The screenings will take place in Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center at the College of Wooster, which is located at 525 East University Street, Wooster, OH 44691. Get directions.

We hope to see you soon!

The French and Francophone Studies Department

Below is the schedule of films, as well as a brief synopsis and trailer for each film:

Schedule:

  • Friday, October 20 - Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One)
  • Saturday, December 2 - Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)
  • Saturday, February 3 - Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)
  • Saturday, March 3 - Marguerite 

Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One), Guillaume Canet

Friday October 20, 2017 @ 7pm
Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center

Tell

Tell No One is based on Harlan Coben's international bestselling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife Margot Beck eight years earlier. When two bodies are found near the scene of the crime, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to "Tell No One".In an instant, whatever peace Alexandre Beck has managed to find is scattered to the wind, replaced by an insatiable need to know the truth.  His father-in-law, a former senior police officer, is either unable or unwilling to give him any answers.  Nothing is what it seems in this taut, psychological game of cat and mouse.  The film won four categories at the 2007 César Awards in France: Best Director (Guillaume Canet), Best Actor (François Cluzet), Best Editing and Best Music Written for a Film. View trailer.

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), Mark Osborne

Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 2pm
Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center

The Little Prince Poster

"The masterstroke of "The Little Prince," Mark Osborne's reimagining of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 1943 children's classic, is its side-by-side use of two styles of animation. Today's cold, corporate world, in which gray-faced, hunched-over adults grimly slog through life, is depicted in severe, rectilinear computer-generated animation. The magical universe of Saint-Exupéry's wistful, poetic novella is rendered in stop-motion animation, with pastel shades that evoke his original watercolor illustrations. "The Little Prince" is really a movie within a movie; the author's delicate, fanciful story is folded into a harsh, modernist commentary on depersonalization and conformity in the contemporary workplace. (The New-York Times) "The Little Prince is a cosy blanket with a cup of tea film. Gentle, heartfelt and poetic without being overly saccharine, it reminds us that life is full of possibilities at every turn through the enchanting, colourful whimsy of the Aviator's unconventional creativity and the Little Prince's lessons. It might be far from a faithful adaptation of a classic, but if nothing else it will make you remember what life's really all about, regardless of what society might sometimes have you believe." (The independent). View trailer.

Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17), André Téchiné

Saturday February 3, 2018 @ 7pm
Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center

Being 17 Poster

 With Being 17, the great French writer-director André Téchiné returns to the subject matter of his masterpiece Wild Reeds, a 1994 feature about the sexual awakening of a handful of teenagers in the rural southwest of France during the Algerian war, and a landmark in the representation of gay youth in French cinema. In this new film, the time is the present and the setting the majestic landscape of the Pyrenees. Seventeen-year-old Damien lives alone with his mother, a doctor, while his father is deployed overseas with the French army. At school, he is a good student but an outsider. He is frequently bullied by Thomas, a biracial boy who must commute several hours a day from his adoptive family's remote farm high in the mountains. When Damien's mother meets Thomas through an emergency house-call to his mother, she discovers the hardships the boy must face to go to school and eventually invites him to move in with her family to be close to the classroom. The relationship between Damien and Thomas only gets worse and the two boys soon come to blows. Yet as both their families face major upheavals, Damien realizes he is in love with Thomas. With Being 17, Téchiné has made his best film in years, returning to his winning mix of subtly observed naturalism and narrative developments worthy of the great melodramas to give us another memorable depiction of the trials and triumphs of coming of age and coming out. View trailer.

Marguerite, Xavier Giannoli

Saturday March 3, 2018 @7pm
Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center

Marguerite Poster

Marguerite Dumont is an incredibly wealthy woman who has devoted her life to singing opera. There's only one problem and it's a problem no one will dare to mention to her, starting with her husband: she cannot sing in tune to save her life. From this brilliant premise based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the American socialite and calamitous singer who inspired the recent Meryl Streep film (and a character in Citizen Kane), writer-director Xavier Gianolli draws a marvelously rich tale, mining the comic possibilities as well as the genuine tragedy of a woman living in a world of illusion sustained by sycophants.  Gianolli also creates a striking portrait of Paris in the twenties, taking in the aristocratic milieu as well as the ferment of subversive art movements and the Bohemian demimonde. Marguerite is a tour de force of controlled chaos, brimming with eccentric characters and opulent set pieces, all orbiting around the irresistible figure of Marguerite, a woman whose dedication is an inspiration—until it turns to madness and cautionary tale. For her unforgettable performance in Marguerite, Catherine Frot was awarded the 2015 César (French Oscar) for best actress in a leading role. View trailer.