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.


PREJUDICE
2015, 105 min, Belgium/Luxembourg/Netherlands, Dir: Antoine Cuypers

At the center of director Antoine Cuypers’ feature debut is 30-something Cedric (Thomas Blanchard), who still lives at home - though not entirely of his own will. This disturbing and thought-provoking profile of a family at the breaking point is anchored by outstanding performances from Blanchard and Nathalie Baye as Cedric’s mother.


A FRENCH GIGOLO
CLIENTE
2008, IFC Films, 104 min, France, Dir: Josiane Balasko

Marco (Éric Caravaca) is a construction worker whose wife (Isabelle Carré) owns a beauty salon. When business dries up for both of them, Marco begins moonlighting as an escort - but main client Judith (Nathalie Baye) may be looking for more than sex from him. Both humorous and tender, with appealing performances from all three leads (and writer-director Balasko as Judith’s sister). In French and English with English subtitles.


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