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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2020

THE REVIEWS

FESTIVAL FEATURE
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By Charlie David Page
14th July 2020

Following its premature closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Alliance Française French Film Festival will be resuming its 31st season on Bastille Day, from 14 July to 4 August, at Palace Cinemas and associated venues.

The SWITCH team got swept up in this year's program, and have collected our reviews from the festival below - and don't forget to check back throughout the event as we add even more!

Les Misérables - A remarkably thrilling act of cinematic protest
LES MISÉRABLES
A remarkably thrilling act of cinematic protest
A remarkable, electrifying and ultimately shattering film, a stellar debut for Ladj Ly, and most importantly, a work that feels necessary. It's a thrilling act of cinematic protest.
La Belle Époque - Crowd-pleasing French romantic comedy
LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
Crowd-pleasing French romantic comedy
The romance is so pure, and there are genuine laugh-out-loud moments. It doesn't quite reach the heights of some of its cinematic predecessors, but you will leave with warm fuzzy feelings inside.
The Swallows of Kabul - Unflinching and gorgeously animated
THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL
Unflinching and gorgeously animated
In Afghanistan, simply drawing a human being is forbidden. This makes this film an even more aesthetically and narratively beautiful example of the affecting power that animation offers.
Zombi Child - A subtle riff on the zombie genre
ZOMBI CHILD
A subtle riff on the zombie genre
An absorbing, often perplexing story in which a religion with a healthy respect for death crosses paths with a lovesick French schoolgirl.
Notre Dame - Offbeat French comedy about rebuilding your life
NOTRE DAME
Offbeat French comedy about rebuilding your life
The style overshadows the substance, but this is a lighthearted and often very funny insight into overcoming failure, something that everyone can appreciate to some degree.
Proxima - An earthbound drama about motherhood
PROXIMA
An earthbound drama about motherhood
It isn't a visually flashy film, but this only enhances the intimacy of this earthbound drama about a high-achieving woman's reeling at the thought of leaving her young daughter behind her.
The Mystery of Henri Pick - A charming literary detective story
THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK
A charming literary detective story
For a film about a man ruining his life over (possibly) a great literary fraud, this is a surprisingly sophisticated and light-hearted crowd-pleaser.
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