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Review: Populaire - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Words: Emma Doherty   It is 1958 and ‘modern’ Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François), decides to leave behind her humdrum life as shopkeeper at her father's store in a tiny village in Normandy for the big smoke- a slightly larger village in Normandy. Rose takes a job as a secretary for the ra

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Review: Venus in Furs - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Words: Eddie Satchell Venus in Furs is a Polanski film based on a David Ives’ play about someone trying to adapt a Sacher-Masoch novel for the stage. The difference in medium between the film and the play are pronounced. Never leaving the setting of a theatre, and with a cast of two, the adaptation for film at once mutes t

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Review: Le Grand Départ (Taking Off)! - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Words: Angus Dickson   Its not often that I have happily watched such a nicely shot and well acted film with so few obvious technical flaws, but still walk out with such a profound feeling of wasted time. The story follows a successful business-like 30-something (Pio Marmaï),

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Review: Under the Rainbow - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Words: Jessica Martin   Under the Rainbow or Au Bout du Conte reminds me of when a small theatre group would come to your primary school to perform an overdramatic modern fairytale mash-up that even a child could criticise. This film certainly inspires the same disinterested resentment.   Jean-Pierre Bacri an

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