Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016
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""A STORY OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE"" - LE MONDE
Film Category
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
  • FRIENDS FROM FRANCE
Toronto International Film Festival 2013: Contemporary World Cinema

FRIENDS FROM FRANCE

 LES INTERDITS

FRANCE, GERMANY, RUSSIA, CANADA • DRAMA • 92 MINS • 2013 • R18+
DIRECTORS: ANNE WEIL, PHILIPPE KOTLARSKI
CAST: SOKO, JÉRÉMIE LIPPMANN, VLADIMIR FRIDMAN, ANIA BUKSTEIN, ALEXANDRE CHACON

Anne Weil moves from editing A Castle in Italy (also showing in this year’s Festival) to make her directorial debut with the powerful political thriller Friends from France.

Set in the USSR in 1979, the film follows young engaged couple Carole (singer turned actress Soko) and Jérôme (Jérémie Lippmann) on a vacation to Odessa. Or at least that is their cover story. In fact they are Jewish cousins, on a secret mission to help ‘refuseniks’, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country. Together they explore the dangerous world of Breshnev’s Russia, filled with many dark undercurrents – a place where it’s dangerous to trust anyone.

More than a glimpse into a troubling and overlooked place and time,

Friends from France

also develops into a love story that takes a detour into unexpected territory. The film’s compelling balancing act between the political and the personal is reminiscent of works by Jane Campion and Andrea Arnold, and is a tense examination of risk and obsession.

 

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