2007-01-04 / About Town

Film series begins tonight

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will kick off the 2007 Foreign Film Series, which begins tonight, 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.

The third film in the series will be the French film “Huit Femmes” (Eight Women) on Thursday, March 1.

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