2017, Marine Francen, France, 99 min.
Pauline Burlet, Alban Lenoir
- Sat, Mar 16th 3:30pm
- Mon, Mar 18th 6:00pm
"THE BEGUILED meets BLACK NARCISSUS...a finely etched miniature of quietly cumulative emotional impact."--Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
Winner of the New Directors Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, this striking first feature tells a haunting, fable-like story based on real events that took place in the mid-19th century. As part of a political crackdown in the wake of Louis Napoleon's seizure of power, all the men in a remote mountain village are rounded up and sent to an unknown fate. The remaining women capably handle the harvest, but their yearning for sexual and maternal fulfillment leads them to make a strange pact: if a man should happen into their midst, he must be shared among all of them. Enter Jean (Lenoir), a handsome wanderer with a mysterious past. Pauline (Burlet), a young single woman, is assigned by the others to entice him to stay... The plot premise led some reviewers to compare the film to THE BEGUILED, but the emphasis here is on female solidarity, complicated by love, rather than on back-stabbing rivalry. In her first film, director Francen creates a lyrical, sensual atmosphere with crystalline, sun-drenched cinematography that rates comparison with DAYS OF HEAVEN. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Film Movement. (MR)