|Sunday 12th March 2017
|This sumptuous 19th-century period drama stars Guillaume Gallienne as post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and Guillaume Canet as Émile Zola. Danièle Thompson's sixth feature charts the decade-long friendship and eventual fallout between Cézanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a family of more straitened circumstances but achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist. Despite their differences, the pair form a strong bond and both move to Paris to continue their careers. However, when a character in Zola's latest book seems to be based on Cezanne's struggles as a painter, the pair clash and their relationship soon becomes strained.
"Thompson meticulously recreates the world these two titans lived in, including stunning Parisian interiors and many scenes set in Provence with flowered fields and mountainscapes shot in ways that evoke the environment that inspired the great painter."
|At the end of the 19th century, Valentine, aged 20, married Jules. Towards the end of the 20th century, a young Parisian woman crosses a bridge on her way to a party thrown by her cousin. There, she meets a young man, later becoming his wife and the loving mother to their child. In the interim, between the two World Wars, two couples formed a quartet that was so close that after the death of one of the husbands and the wife of the other couple, the two families came together in a Paris apartment, 16 of them sitting round the table.
"What do you get when you cast three French and internationally highly acclaimed top actresses such as Audrey Tautou, Bérénice Bejo and Mélanie Laurent, and bring them together in one film? A joy for the eye and the ear, Mr. Hung's masterful film tells the story of a catholic bourgeois family with three generations of women, their strengths, their joys, happiness and personal tragedies as they evolve from girls to mothers and then widows, still with hope in their hearts, during – give or take a few years – a whole century. It's a majestic drama with top-notch acting performances from the entire cast which results into a brilliant film experience."
Language: French with English subtitles|
|Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) comes from a small village in the South of France, at a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents decide to marry her to José, an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José’s devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post-World War II society. That is until the day she is sent away to the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams?
"Like a Madame Bovary updated to the 20th century, Gabrielle (Cotillard) is a romantic country girl from a well-off family, and she is consumed with sexual desire. In this romantic character study by Nicole Garcia, Cotillard's performance is luminous throughout, enriching the willful heroine with the depth of a single obsession."
The Hollywood Reporter|
|The man on the Moon is bored. One day he hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet, an attack from outer space that sets the alarm bells ringing in the President's headquarters. The moon Man starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well, the Moon man's absence from his post means that all the world's children are unable to sleep. Before the megalomaniac President can capture him, they must join forces to return him to his rightful place in the sky. Based on the much loved children’s book by Tomi Ungerer, Moon Man is an unmissable experience for all ages, both young and old.
This beautifully animated film is a German, French and Irish co-production involving Ireland's Oscar nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon with narration provided by Tomi Ungerer.|