Starting Over

Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018 explores the challenges of a young man released from penitentiary.


How does he navigate in the world without work skills or sufficient emotional preparation? He’s fortunate to have at least one person willing to help. However there are limits to even this initial situation.

While freedom offers opportunity for some, not everyone is able to achieve their full potential. Despite repeated drawbacks, the future isn’t without hope.

Paper Flags was one of the narrative features of the recently completed 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Fresh Twist

A Faithful Man directed by and staring Louis Garrel (France) 2018 isn’t a typical romantic comedy.


The somewhat dark opening scene undermines familiar expectations. Of course, starting from the lowest point of a romantic situation, circumstances can only improve. The question is how and when.

The journey includes many obstacles and unexpected complications. The unconventional nature of the relationship is disturbing at times but overall adds to the emotional and intellectual resolution of the conclusion.

A Faithful Man reminded me of film classics such as François Truffaut’s Jules And Jim and Eric Rohmer’s My Night At Maud’s.

The film played twice during the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival. For mere info and tickets contact San Francisco Film Institute.

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