Wow! Want to see a great French film, or just a great film in general? From what we’ve seen so far, this year’s French Cinema Now program is one of the strongest festivals San Francisco has to offer. No matter which day or film you decide to see, chances are you won’t be disappointed. Okay, so maybe it just so happens that the 5 films we saw from the festival are the only good ones, but I doubt it. I’m sure there could be one or two stinkers in there, but we haven’t seen them yet.
Hopefully, our mini guide will help you decide which films to see at this year’s festival. Click on the film’s title to see the full review, and for a complete schedule you can click on the French Cinema Now icon on the sidebar under “Current Festivals”.
The Kid With A Bike – a brilliant, subdued, and humanist piece about a young boy at risk of becoming sucked into the darker sides of society, and those around him. By the Brothers Dardenne.
Le Havre – Aki Kaurismäki’s stylized and eccentric tale of a northern Maritime city in France, xenophobia, cancer, and alcoholism… with a colourful and musical face. An extremely unique adventure, and a must see.
Bachelor Days Are Over – Katia Lewkowicz’s character driven film about a man about to be married and his reluctance to do so. Very believable interactions from very complicated, well-made characters.
The Long Falling – A dark Belgian film about numerous people dealing with abuse and murder.
The Minister – This talky yet well-paced drama isn’t made for everyone, which is exactly why it’s one of the better films of 2011.