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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Gaspard at the Wedding

Gaspard va au mariage

2017, Antony Cordier, France/Belgium, 102 min.
Félix Moati, Laetitia Dosch, Christa Théret

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 8th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 12th 6:00pm

"Very daring…a hybrid, zigzagging between genres, simultaneously feeling like a crazy comedy, a romance, and a family drama about inheritance, all with a hint of the fairy tale about it and the zest of a nature documentary."--Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

Free-spirited Laura (Dosch) falls in with a group of hikers, then finds herself joining them in a handcuffed-to-the-tracks protest. Gaspard (Moati), a passenger in the blocked train, helps her to extricate herself, and, when the train takes off before she can disembark, he makes an unusual proposition: he'll pay her 50 euros a day to pose as his girlfriend at his father's wedding. Upon arrival, Laura discovers that Gaspard's family operates a countryside zoo…And so it goes: GASPARD AT THE WEDDING keeps shifting in inventive and unpredictable directions that keep us off-balance through the very last scene. Starting off as a meet-cute rom-com, it expands into a portrait of Gaspard's unusual family, including their struggle to keep the zoo afloat as zoos become increasingly unfashionable, and Gaspard's ambiguously intimate relationship with his beautiful sister Coline (Théret), who identifies intensely with bears. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of UniFrance Films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. (MR)

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