Ariane Ascaride

  • Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau – Drôle de Félix AKA The Adventures of Felix (2000)

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    A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, he decides to take a road trip to Marseilles to track down the father he’s never met. Backpack in tow, Felix sets out walking, hitching and borrowing cars to get to the south of France. Springtime is budding, nature is at its best, and some unique characters await Felix along the dirtroads and byways of the French countryside.Read More »

  • Emmanuel Mouret – L’art d’aimer AKA The Art of Love (2011)

    The Art of Love is composed of several chapters, which follows several Parisian couples. Isabelle (Julie Depardieu) has not had sex in a year. She declines an offer from her friend Zoé (Pascale Arbillot) to “borrow” her husband and instead winds up impersonating Amélie (Judith Godrèche), another friend who cannot bring herself to sleep with her buddy, Boris (Laurent Stocker). The singleton Achille (François Cluzet) thinks his prayers have been answered when his svelte new neighbour (Frédérique Bel) knocks on his door wearing a negligee and suggests they have an affair. In another chapter, a middle-aged couple’s marriage is threatened when wife Emmanuelle (Ariane Ascaride) finds herself lusting after every attractive man she lays eyes upon and a pair of young lovers (Elodie Navarre and Gaspard Ulliel) discover the pangs of jealousy.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Mon père est ingénieur AKA My Father Is an Engineer (2004)

    “…It began with the a couple much like Joseph and Mary, only in a modern French setting. This fable continued for a little longer, until it became revealed that it was a story being read to a near-catatonic woman by an older lady. The younger of the women turns out to be Natasha, a pediatrician amongst the poor in Marseilles, and a political activist. She is the central character, and the rest of the film delves into her story, through flashbacks, and the contradiction that she represents.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Ki lo sa? (1986)

    “Robert Guédiguian is well-known for his idiosyncratic slices of life set
    in his beloved Marseille, in films such as Marius et Jeannette (1997)
    and À la place du coeur (1998). Whilst most of Guédiguian’s films are set in this historic
    French port they span a remarkable range of genres and encompass a
    dizzying assortment of themes, including noir-style thriller intrigue,
    classic romance and pressing social issues. Ki lo sa?, Guédiguian’s
    third feature, is one of his more unusual films in this series, a
    surprisingly dark and mystical work which explores various
    existentialist concerns through the interlocking prisms of black comedy
    and social realism.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Le voyage en Arménie AKA Armenia (2006)

    Barsam, Anna’s father, is seriously ill. Before he dies, he would like to bequeath something to his daughter: a sense of doubt. As he flees to Armenia, he leaves several clues in his wake so that Anna can come after him. For Anna, this journey she is obliged to make in an unknown country, becomes what her father wanted it to be: an initiation, a sentimental journey, a second adolescence. She finds him in a little village, lost in the Caucasian mountains, seated dreaming under a blossoming apricot tree. She will come to doubt her identity, her relationships and her commitments.Read More »

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