French Teens

Youth directed by Justine Malle (France 2012) is a cinematic gem. The story is based on the relationship between the director and her famous father during the final year of his life. She struggles to find her own place in the world, dealing with the loss that looms unexpectedly near, preparing for final exams, and opening herself to romance. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is portrayed with quiet subtlety. This is a personal, moving film that touches the heart.


There are two more opportunities to see Youth at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas during the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival. Details at the San Francisco Film Society web site.

May Fools (Milou En Mai) directed by Louis Malle (France 1990) explored the impact of the revolutionary fervor of the Sixties on a French village.

Something In The Air (Apres Mai) directed by Olivier Assayas (France 2012) follows a group of young students in the aftermath of the 1968 Paris riots as they attempt to reconcile art and politics. It screens a final time during the festival at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Info and tickets available at the San Francisco Film Society.

copyright © 2013 by N. A. Diaman, all rights reserved

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