Embarrassment of French Movie Riches on Bay Area Screens
By Meredith Brody
How to choose among a French movie mash-up currently appearing at local film theaters? Tonight alone Francophiles are forced to choose among three stellar opportunities.
You can catch the last day of the San Francisco Film Society’s presentation of festival favorite Two Lives Plus One, a brisk yet touching comic drama set in a contemporary French Jewish family living in Paris, starring the expressive Emmanuelle Devos, at the Sundance Kabuki’s dedicated Festival screen.
Your second choice: the enticing double bill at the Clay, France’s highest-grossing film ever, Welcome to the Sticks and the tour-de-force Cannes prizewinner Actresses, written and directed by, and starring, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (sister to the new wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni), part of the San Francisco Film Society’s densely-programmed five-day French Cinema Now, which began on October 8th and runs through October 12th.
Or the third: the rarely-shown documentary The Lost Sorrows of Jean Eustache, aka Jean Eustache’s Wasted Breath, double-billed with My Little Loves, at the Pacific Film Archive, part of their No Wave: The Cinema of Jean Eustache series, a complete tribute to the gifted autobiographical French director who took his own life at the age of 43.