Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Embarrassment of French Movie Riches on Bay Area Screens

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 1:07 PM

click to enlarge 6ffaefd13562b5737ea2422edfa3d7bd_thumb.jpg

Two Lives Plus One

By Meredith Brody

How to choose among a French movie mash-up currently appearing at local film theaters? Tonight alone Francophiles are forced to choose among three stellar opportunities.

You can catch the last day of the San Francisco Film Society’s presentation of festival favorite Two Lives Plus One, a brisk yet touching comic drama set in a contemporary French Jewish family living in Paris, starring the expressive Emmanuelle Devos, at the Sundance Kabuki’s dedicated Festival screen.

Your second choice: the enticing double bill at the Clay, France’s highest-grossing film ever, Welcome to the Sticks and the tour-de-force Cannes prizewinner Actresses, written and directed by, and starring, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (sister to the new wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni), part of the San Francisco Film Society’s densely-programmed five-day French Cinema Now, which began on October 8th and runs through October 12th.

Or the third: the rarely-shown documentary The Lost Sorrows of Jean Eustache, aka Jean Eustache’s Wasted Breath, double-billed with My Little Loves, at the Pacific Film Archive, part of their No Wave: The Cinema of Jean Eustache series, a complete tribute to the gifted autobiographical French director who took his own life at the age of 43.

Bonne chance!

  • Pin It

About The Author

Janine Kahn


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.