Library group offers its annual Foreign Film Series.
The Friends of the Jamestown Library have announced their 2007 Foreign Film Series, which begins Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. at the library with the French film “Bon Voyage.”
Rated PG-13, “Bon Voyage” stars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani. With a running time of 114 minutes, it will be screened in French with English subtitles.
Set in Nazi-occupied France and billed as an adventure comedy, the movie is a lavish, expensive period production by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, The characters are thrown together as they try to flee to Bordeaux to escape the Nazi army that is entering Paris.
Film critic Roger Ebert said, “The movie is funny not in a hoho way but in the way it surprises us with delights and blindsides us with hazards. There’s a lot of contrivance involved. . . . It is after all improbable that these characters would not only constantly cross paths, but always at moments of crisis. But once we accept the movie’s method, it implicates us. . . .”
The second film in the series will be another French film, “Le Diner de Cons” on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Janet Maslin says that “Francis Veber’s giddy, lightweight odd-couple comedies are guilty pleasures. Enough French moviegoers know that to have made ‘The Dinner Game” the secondbiggest hit in France last year, after “Titanic.” It seems that a smug, wealthy publisher named Pierre Brochant, played by Thierry L’hermitte as the apotheosis of aging yuppiedom, regularly joins a group of his friends in a contest to see who can bring the biggest fool to dinner. “The Dinner Game,” Mr. Veber’s brightest comedy in a long while, plays off that nasty joke.” Not rated, the film’s running time is 82 minutes.
The third film in the series will be the French film “Huit Femmes” (Eight Women) on Thursday, March 1.
From French director Francois Ozon, “Huit Femmes” is a character drama and musical set in a country home during Christmastime in the 1950s. Though the atmosphere seems light and festive, when the host, Marcel, is stabbed in the back, one of the eight women in the house must be the culprit.
All films, which begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, go to the library’s Web site at ttp:// www.jamestownri.com/library/.