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My Friend Victoria

Mon amie Victoria

2014, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France, 95 min. With Guslagie Malanga, Nadia Moussa.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 8th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 8th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 9th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 10th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 11th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 12th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 13th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 14th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

"Poignant and so beautiful … mixes poetic grace with detachment." – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

"Remarkable … a subtle and well-observed critique on class, identity and race in Paris.” – Wendy Okoi-Obuli, Indiewire

As adapted by director Civeyrac (THROUGH THE TREES, YOUNG GIRLS IN BLACK), the Doris Lessing story “Victoria and the Staveneys” is relocated from London to Paris. The life of Victoria (Malanga), a young African French woman, is permanently altered by a brief childhood encounter with the affluent white family that once hosted her overnight in an emergency. The fairytale dreams of the dazzled working-class orphan become the obsession of the beautiful but adrift adult Victoria, whose limited ambitions are seemingly fulfilled by secretly bearing a child who will bond her to the family forever. The hazy dream becomes a deal with the devil when presumed equality proves to be the most delusional fantasy of all. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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