French kisses & misses

Wednesday night sees the return of the Irish Film Institute’s French Film Festival, which will see the Temple Bar cinema become a hub of Gallic culture for twelve days. We’re prone to a spot of subtitled action here at Spooool and so have taken a few minutes to put together four picks and one miss for the fest.

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Cosmopolis

I like driving in my car – ★★

Robert Pattinson tries to distance himself from the Twilight Saga with David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel Cosmopolis.

The story concerns Eric Packer, a 28 year old market analyst billionaire who travels around town in a white stretch limo while his fortunes slip away. He entertains many a passenger philosophising with each and slowly becomes more unhinged as the day progresses. Finally finding the barber he has been searching for from the opening scene he ends up realising the expected threat on his life isn’t as far fetched as he previously thought.

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Elles

Sex please - ★★

Men take note – you are all sexist pigs addicted to pornography simply seeing women as whores. Or at least that’s according to Malgorzata Szumowska’s new film Elles.

Juliette Binoche is Anne, a journalist who is writing a piece about student prostitutes for the French magazine “Elle”. The film takes place over one day as Binoche puts together the article, with her interviews with the two students Charlotte (Anais Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig) recounted by a series of flashbacks. Charlotte comes from a working class background and is striving to cast off the stench of her humble beginnings. Alicja is a Polish student studying in France and has turned to prostitution as a result of not being able to find anywhere to live.

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