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FFF: Les Mains en l’air (N/C 12+)
20/11/2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director Romain Goupil
Cast Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Hippolyte Girardot, Linda Doudaeva, Jules Ritmanic, Louna Klanit, LoukaMasset, Jeremie Yousaf, Drama Sarambounou
2010 I 91mins I Int. Sales Les Films du Losange
The story of a group of a group of Parisian youngsters who band together in 2009 in order to protect their undocumented Chechen classmate from being deported, features a charmingly observed world (complete with a free-spirited left-wing mother, played by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, ironically Nicolas Sarkozy’s sister-in-law); and well-observed settings including a bohemian apartment and a picturesque country house). It is by turns tender, engaging and bracingly militant drama. The terrific cast of youngsters is headed by Linda Doudaeva and Jules Ritmanic,who are remarkably straight-faced and moving. Framed as the recollection of a Chechen woman named Milana, Romain Goupil chronicles her classmate Youssef’s near-deportation at the age of ten, all part of France’s controversial treatment of illegal immigrants. Known primarily in France for his 1982 Camera d’Or winner To Die at 30, actor director Goupil has since made a handful of politically charged and stylistically challenging works, including the 2002 faux documentary Purely Coincidental.
Aberdeen Belmont Tue 22 Nov 18:30
Edinburgh Filmhouse Sun 20 Nov 15:30