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Boston French Film Festival

Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 1:30pm

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Schedule of Events

1:30 pm–3:25 pm: In Safe Hands

Directed by Jeanne Herry (France/Belgium, 2018, 110 min.). French with English subtitles.

Abandoned at birth, baby Theo's uncertain future lies in the hands of the child welfare services. Jean (Gilles Lellouche), who is no stranger to the foster system, is given the responsibility of temporarily looking after Theo, while members of the adoption agency have the difficult task of finding him a home. Meanwhile, Alice (Élodie Bouchez) is unable to have children of her own, but has never stopped fighting to be a mother. Before long, the paths of all three become intertwined.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

4:00 pm–6:20 pm: An Impossible Love

Directed by Catherine Corsini (France, 2018, 135 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.

In 1950s Châteauroux, a young office clerk named Rachel (Virginie Efira) meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a well-educated man from a wealthy family. After an intense but short-lived romance, a daughter is born. Over the following decades, their lives will be shaped by love in many forms: the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, the impossible love of a woman for a man who rejects her, and the desperate love of a daughter for an absent and abusive father. This tenderly tragic drama examines how trauma is passed down through generations, and how confronting it can help us to heal.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

7:00 pm–8:45 pm: Wild

Directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet (France, 2018, 99 min.). French with English subtitles.

Seething with a feral energy that masks genuine tenderness, Camille Vidal-Naquet's feature debut took the 2018 Critics Week at Cannes by storm. Anchored by a piercing, peripatetic lead performance by Félix Maritaud, Sauvage makes vivid a gay street hustler's knife's-edge existence. Both brutal and brutalized, sweet and savage, Maritaud's prostitute roams from john to john in search of a fix (in the form of sex, drugs, and possibly even love), desperate for both intimacy and freedom, destabilized but ultimately resilient. The intimacies of male bodies both connected and colliding is sensitively captured by cinematographer Jacques Girault, guided by Vidal-Naquet's assured direction.

Cost: Member $10.00, Nonmember $13.00

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

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