Thursday, March 08, 2007

French Film Festival 2007

Ah, the French Film Festival. Along with Good Food Month, my favourite time of the year. Packing as much new French cinema in as possible - which makes for some serious diary juggling and long days.

Tonight, Desaccord parfait and L'ivresse du pouvoir. First, a nothing-new comedy but enjoyable alone for the wonderfulness of Jean Rochefort and the sublime Charlotte Rampling (the black trenchcoat is worth the admission alone) - and Winston! The latter was long, tedious and hard work. Isabelle Huppert is beautiful to watch and so chic, but that's not enough to save our boredom.

Can I just say how much I am enjoying watching 'older' actresses and how beautiful and innately stylish they are, and how you can keep your teenybopper starlets who you can dress in all the couture you want and they remain blink-and-you'll-forget-em. I am in awe of these divine women - Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench - they kick. arse.

The hair, the clothes, the shoes, the sass, the everything. Le sigh.


Blogger chimera said...

That's one of the things I love about European films - the actresses look like real people. They age, they get wrinkles, they sag - and yet they live, fall in love, even - gasp! - have sex, instead of going directly from glamorous leading roles to the occasional cameo as some young hottie's grandmother.

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Blogger Julia said...


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Anonymous maitresse said...

god, all these films I wanted to see in the theatre and never got to... what have I been doing with my time?

and regarding the appearance of french actresses... well... it's true for some of them, but not others-- look at how much work catherine deneuve has had done! or even isabelle adjani! but on the whole I agree. It's nice to know there's sex after 50, at least in France.

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