Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Renault Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Renault
"THIS IS AN UPDATED BLACKBOARD JUNGLE WITH MUSIC." - DAVID STRATTON
Film Category
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIÈRE
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS

ORCHESTRA CLASS

 LA MÉLODIE

FRANCE • DRAMA • 102 MINS • 2017 • CTC
Directed by: RACHID HAMI
Starring: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renely, Jean-Luc Vincent
Comedic actor Kad Merad (Nicholas on Holiday, AF FFF2015; Baron Noir, AF FFF2016) takes a sharp turn against type playing a po-faced violinist in Rachid Hami’s gallic rendering of the ‘inspirational teacher’ sub-genre of world cinema, Orchestra Class.

Recalling the likes of Sérgio Machado’s The Violin Teacher (2015) or even James Clavell’s To Sir, with Love (1967), Simon Daoud (Merad) is a down-on-his-luck musician who, despite his talents, winds up teaching a sixth-grade orchestra.

As far as depictions of contemporary Parisian middle-school life go, this is a realistic one, with Simon’s multicultural class of rambunctious, trash-talking 12-year-olds proving a test for his patience, but there is one in which he ends up seeing potential, a painfully shy but gifted boy, Arnold. Simon makes a promise to his class to take them to perform at the Paris Philharmonic. But will they make it?

Plucking at the heart (and violin) strings, Orchestra Class is a welcome reprieve from more challenging cinematic fare, ultimately offering an exalting viewing experience that vividly edifies the power of the human spirit. It also comes warmly scored by “the Danny Elfman of France", Bruno Coulais.

David Stratton's review

French with English subtitles

 

Sessions


      Opening Night, Closing Night          Special Event, Q&A


BUY 4:00 PMWednesday 28 February Palace Norton St.
BUY 9:10 PMThursday 1 March Palace Verona
BUY 6:15 PMFriday 2 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 11:10 AMSunday 4 March Palace Central
BUY 6:00 PMMonday 5 March Chauvel Cinema
BUY 9:00 PMMonday 5 March Palace Central
BUY 6:45 PMTuesday 6 March Palace Verona
BUY 8:30 PMWednesday 7 March Palace Central
BUY 9:00 PMThursday 8 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 1:50 PMSaturday 10 March Chauvel Cinema
BUY 3:30 PMSaturday 10 March Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
BUY 6:45 PMSunday 11 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 8:30 PMTuesday 13 March Chauvel Cinema
BUY 4:30 PMThursday 15 March Palace Verona
BUY 4:30 PMSaturday 17 March Palace Verona
BUY 3:40 PMSunday 18 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 9:10 PMSunday 18 March Palace Central
BUY 4:10 PMMonday 19 March Chauvel Cinema
BUY 6:45 PMTuesday 20 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 4:30 PMWednesday 21 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 2:50 PMFriday 23 March Palace Central
BUY 4:30 PMFriday 23 March Palace Verona
BUY 2:00 PMSaturday 24 March Palace Central
BUY 4:00 PMSaturday 24 March Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
BUY 8:20 PMSaturday 24 March Palace Norton St.
BUY 7:00 PMMonday 26 March Palace Central
BUY 8:50 PMSaturday 3 March Palace Westgarth
BUY 9:00 PMSunday 4 March Kino Cinemas
BUY 6:45 PMMonday 5 March Palace Balwyn
BUY 8:50 PMMonday 5 March Palace Brighton Bay
BUY 3:30 PMTuesday 6 March Kino Cinemas
BUY 6:45 PMTuesday 6 March Palace Cinema Como
BUY 6:45 PMWednesday 7 March Palace Brighton Bay
BUY 1:10 PMFriday 9 March Kino Cinemas
BUY 1:40 PMSunday 11 March Palace Balwyn
BUY 9:15 PMMonday 12 March Palace Cinema Como
BUY 8:30 PMTuesday 13 March Palace Balwyn
BUY 2:30 PMWednesday 14 March Palace Westgarth
BUY 9:00 PMWednesday 14 March Palace Brighton Bay
BUY 4:30 PMThursday 15 March Palace Cinema Como
BUY 6:30 PMThursday 15 March Palace Westgarth
BUY 4:30 PMSaturday 17 March Palace Cinema Como
BUY 4:10 PMTuesday 20 March Palace Balwyn
BUY 6:30 PMTuesday 20 March Kino Cinemas
BUY 4:40 PMWednesday 21 March Palace Westgarth
BUY 9:30 PMThursday 22 March Palace Brighton Bay
BUY 6:45 PMTuesday 6 March Electric
BUY 11:00 AMSunday 11 March Electric
BUY 9:15 PMMonday 12 March Electric
BUY 4:15 PMThursday 15 March Electric
BUY 3:50 PMSaturday 17 March Electric
BUY 1:40 PMFriday 23 March Electric
BUY 9:00 PMMonday 26 March Electric
BUY 8:50 PMFriday 9 March Palace Barracks
BUY 6:00 PMMonday 12 March Palace Centro
BUY 6:45 PMTuesday 13 March Palace Barracks
BUY 1:40 PMSunday 18 March Palace Centro
BUY 8:30 PMTuesday 20 March Palace Centro
BUY 4:30 PMThursday 22 March Palace Barracks
BUY 4:30 PMSaturday 24 March Palace Barracks
BUY 4:10 PMMonday 26 March Palace Centro
BUY 9:15 PMFriday 30 March Palace Barracks
BUY 11:50 AMSunday 25 March Palace Nova Eastend
BUY 9:10 PMThursday 29 March Palace Nova Prospect
BUY 10:30 AMSunday 1 April Palace Nova Eastend
BUY 8:45 PMMonday 2 April Palace Nova Eastend
BUY 3:40 PMThursday 5 April Palace Nova Eastend
BUY 1:00 PMFriday 13 April Palace Nova Prospect
 4:00 PMThursday 15 March Cinema Paradiso
 4:00 PMSaturday 17 March Windsor
 6:30 PMThursday 22 March Luna on SX
 6:30 PMSunday 25 March Cinema Paradiso
 4:00 PMTuesday 27 March Luna on SX
 11:00 AMWednesday 4 April Cinema Paradiso

Not showing in Hobart.

Not showing in Casula.

Not showing in Parramatta.

 

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