IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE
2016, 99 min, Canada/France, Dir: Xavier Dolan

Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s latest film revolves around Louis (César Award winner Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill playwright who returns from Paris to his family in small-town France after an absence of 12 years. As Louis looks for the right moment to reveal his secret, he also struggles to keep the family from tearing itself apart as long-simmering tensions arise from his resentful brother, emotionally troubled sister and overwrought mother. Intense, emotionally raw and supremely stylish, the film boasts an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassell, Léa Seydoux and the legendary Nathalie Baye. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Best Director at the César Awards.


GRAND CENTRAL
2013, Ad Vitam Distribution, 94 min, France, Austria, Dir: Rebecca Zlotowski

Gary (Tahar Rahim) gets a maintenance job at a nuclear power plant in the French countryside – risky work made even riskier when he falls for a coworker’s fiancée (Léa Seydoux of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR). “A love triangle so intense it’s practically radioactive foregrounds GRAND CENTRAL, an engrossing, superbly acted working-class melodrama.” – Scott Foundas, Variety. In French with English subtitles.


BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
LA VIE D’ADÈLE, CHAPITRES 1 ET 2
2013, IFC/Sundance Selects, 179 min, France, Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche

Director Abdellatif Kechiche shared the Palme d'Or at Cannes with lead actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux (both nothing short of amazing). Adele (Exarchopoulos) is a gawky high schooler struggling with boys when a blue-haired art student (Seydoux) catches her eye and the two begin a relationship. Yes, the sex scenes are very explicit, but what you’ll remember most about this intense love story is how deeply you feel for these two young women. In French with English subtitles.


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