CLIMAX
2018, A24, 95 min, France, Dir: Gaspar Noé

The setting is France in 1996; Daft Punk has just redefined music and the dance community has responded with a visceral new language as violent as it is beautiful. As a group of dancers unwinds at a remote lodge, an acid-spiked punch turns hedonism into horror, and the gathering quickly descends into Lord of the Flies territory. Sofia Boutella (THE KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE) stars as Selva, the troupe's manager, with some of France’s hottest dancers (including Claude Gajan Maull, Vince Galliot Cumant and Thea Carla Schott) surrounding her. Filled with bravura sequences, the relentlessly immersive onslaught that is CLIMAX reaffirms Gaspar Noé’s status as one of contemporary film’s greatest provocateurs.


GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE
ADIEU AU LANGAGE
2014, Kino Lorber, 70 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury prize, the protean French director’s vibrant visual essay is also a narrative - a married woman’s relationship with a single man (and Godard’s dog, Roxy) is just the jumping-off point. Both beautiful and mischievous, this Godard masterpiece is bold in its disregard for the conventions of 3-D filmmaking, challenging the audience to discover hidden layers of imagery and making this a unique film that can only be savored in a theater. “A thrilling cinematic experience.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. “An adrenaline shot to the brain.” - Scott Foundas, Variety. “Packed with dazzling images, the film makes 3-D feel like something brand-new to the medium.” - Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly. 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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