I have always loved being part of foreign film festivals. That’s why when I learned about the 15th French Film Fest first week of June, I hurriedly invited my movie addict friends to come and watch some with me. Here are the three films I was able to check out during the 10-day run of the event:
La Fille Du Rer (The Girl on the Train). This is the first one I got to watch with a friend Gly. The movie’s a good catch, I have to say. It’s got a lot of funk in it, the story line’s well written, and it’s not boring. The main character actually reminded me of One Tree Hill’s Peyton Sawyer; she kinda look like her, I’d love to think. She fell in love with a guy she met while she was roller skating her way to town, but later found out that he’s a drug dealer. Things got worse when the guy was stabbed by a certain man asking for some drugs; After that, they broke up and she suddenly felt empty, which led her to make up stories that she was mulled by a group of teens because she’s a Jew. This sparks controversy among the townsfolk, making her mom involved and tied up in the situation. All in all, I’ll give this movie 3 stars out of 5.
L’Heure d’ete’ (Summer Hours). Glad I was able to watch this film after several attempts. I wanted to see this because of Juliette Binoche. I loved her in Chocolat, so when I checked the list of films and found out she has one showing, I told myself that I have to see it. And so I did, with Gly again. It’s basically a story of a family, and the life they led after their mom died. What I liked about the movie is that it did not only focus on family ties but also on traditions and beliefs; that however fast and busy life is now, how advanced the world has become, how much you love your present life, you’d still need to look back and value your roots and what your past has made you, and most of all, never ever take it for granted. 3 stars rating as well.
Les Bureaux de Dieu (God’s Offices). The last film I catch at the last day of the festival. This time with my officemates Lei, Aden and Arjay. It’s a story of family planning counselors, what they do and discuss with women seeking help about pregnancy and, yes, even abortion. I’m a bit surprised, though, on how open France is about it, especially teens engaging with premarital sex. I mean, not that I’m against it, but most of the ones featured in the film were 16 or 17 year old girls. Watching this movie made me want (or wish) our fellow young Filipinos to be more aware of this alarming issue. If ever you’ll have the chance to watch this film, make sure to wait for the ending because you’d be able to see how Paris Hilton would look like 20 years from now! 🙂
Oh by the way, the title for this blog post translates “Three films in ten days” in English. 😀