August film series: ‘French Gems’ at Thomaston Academy
The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library Presents Friday Night Film series continues through August, with films beginning at 7 p.m. The August series is “French Gems." All films are screened at Thomaston Academy, Route 1, Thomaston.
2011 R 112 minutes
In Paris, the aristocratic Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his caregiver. Driss, an ex-con from the projects, does not expect to be hired. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the life of Phillipe and his employees. A true story, based on the international bestselling book “You Changed My Life.”
My Best Friend
2006 PG-13 94 minutes
Francois is a middle-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest friends, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers.
Jules and Jim
1962 NR 105 minutes
Jules and Jim is the ultimate ménage-à-trois, and certainly one of the most poetic films of the French New Wave. The film tells the story of the friendship between two artists, one Austrian, (Oskar Werner) and the other French, (Henri Serre) and their mutual love for the same woman, Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). This is Francois Truffault’s celebration of love and cinema. Moreau gives one of the most memorable performances in screen history.
My Father’s Glory
1990 G 110 minutes
Based on the best-selling memoirs of French author/filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, this captivating recollection of a young boy’s life in turn-of-the-century South of France is an intelligent, emotionally realistic account of a more idyllic time. A
glorious celebration of family, this is one of the most beguiling films since charm (unfortunately) went out of fashion.
My Mother’s Castle
1990 PG 98 minutes
A continuation of the memoirs of renowned French author/filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, this film highlights the alluring, magical country life of turn-of-the-century Provence. A vibrant, rhapsodic story of a family’s great efforts to preserve its closeness. My Mother’s Castle is a cinematic full house bursting with warmth.