Cinema Class

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Like many already know, L’Union Française offers a once a month cinema night.


Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a student at L’Union Française… feel free to come and invite your friends or family.


Please find below the list of dates and films coming this Spring Semester. If interested, please contact me at [email protected] a week before each session.


I will be happy to share this movie night with you with wine and popcorn!



About the Lesson

Last Tuesday of the Month from 7:30 to 9:30 PM

This class will give you a chance to discover a diverse mix of classic and contemporary French films.

Each session will be divided into two parts:

  • Presentation of the film, its director; viewing excerpts of the film and analysis of the language; vocabulary and expressions related to cinema in general and the featured film.

  • The entire film in French with English subtitles!

Fee: $15 per session


Spring 2019 Cinema Class

January 29th – The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort) – Jacques Demy (1966) – 2h 5min

February 26th – Diabolique (Les diaboliques) – Henri-Georges Clouzot (1955) – 1h 57min

March 26th – The Story of Adele H (L’histoire d’Adèle H.) – François Truffaut (1975) – 1h 36min

April 30th – Rust and Bone (De rouille et dos) – Jacques Audiard (2012) – 2h

May 28th –A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles) – Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004) – 2h 13min


L’Union Française Cinema Class Spring Semester 2019

Each session will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 PM

January 29thThe Young Girls of Rochefort – Jacques Demy (1967) – 2h 05min

The Young Girls of Rochefort (original title: Les demoiselles de Rochefort) is a 1967 French musical, comedy, drama written and directed by Jacques Demy, with original music by Michel Legrand.

Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), Les demoiselles de Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.

February 26thDiabolique – Henri-Georges Clouzot (1955) – 1h 57min

Diabolique (original title: Les diaboliques) is a 1955 French psychological thriller film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and written by Clouzot and Jérôme Géronimi.

Based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, Les diaboliques shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S.. The story of two women—the fragile wife (Véra Clouzot) and the willful mistress (Simone Signoret) of the sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) of a boys’ boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Les diaboliques is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Signoret, Clouzot, and Meurisse.

March 26thThe Story of Adele H – Francois Truffaut (1975) – 1h 36min

The Story of Adele H (original title: L’histoire d’Adèle H.) is a 1975 French historical drama film directed by François Truffaut, and written by Truffaut, Jean Gruault, Suzanne Schiffman.

Adèle Hugo (Isabelle Adjani), daughter of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson) while living in exile off the coast of England. Though he spurns her affections, she follows him to Nova Scotia and takes on the alias of Adèle Lewly. Albert continues to reject her, but she remains obsessive in her quest to win him over. When Albert is stationed in the West Indies, Adèle once again trails him, furthering her downward spiral. The story is based on Adèle Hugo’s diaries. It was filmed on location in Guernsey, Barbados, and Senegal.

April 30thRust and Bone – Jacques Audiard (2012) – 2h

Rust and Bone (original title: De rouille et d’os) is a 2012 French-Belgian romantic drama film directed by Jacques Audiard. Based on Craig Davidson’s short story collection Rust and Bone: Stories, the film was written by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain.

Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a former boxer and single father, meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) when he saves her from a brawl at the nightclub where he works as a bouncer. Their casual acquaintance develops into something much more after Stephanie, who trains killer whales at a marine park, suffers a horrible accident and loses both her legs above the knee. As Stephanie draws on Ali’s physical strength, an unexpected courtship slowly comes to life.

May 28thA Very Long Engagement – Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004) – 2h 13min

A Very Long Engagement (original title: Un long dimanche de fiançailles) is a 2004 French romantic war film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Based on Sébastien Japrisot’s 1991 novel of the same name, the film was co-written by Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant.

Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) is told that her fiancé (Gaspard Ulliel) has been killed in World War I. She refuses to believe this, however, and begins trying to find out what actually happened on the battlefield the night he was supposedly killed, enlisting the help of a private investigator. During her search, she stumbles across evidence of the inhumane and morally bankrupt system used by the French to deal with deserters, and hears from other men who were sentenced to extreme punishment.


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