Quick! Think of the most French thing possible. Did you too come up with Gérard Depardieu? Just saying his name makes us feel as though were floating down the Seine, gnawing on a baguette, and making out with Julie Delpy. So its fitting that the stocky, lovable Frenchie stars in the opening-night flick of the France Cinema Floride French Film Festival. In My Afternoons With Marguerite, Depardieu plays an illiterate buffoon gently schooled by a saintly old lady. See it this Friday at 6:55 p.m. Also playing opening night is the U.S. premiere of Day Off, a French comedy set amid Miamis mangroves and airboats.
The festival, which runs through Sunday, also includes The Villain, in which a bigoted mother tries to reform her bank-robber son, and Turks Head, a thriller involving rioting teenagers, burn victims, and sick doctors. This East Coast premiere will be followed by a Q&A with script writer, director, and actor Pascal Elbé. On Sunday, the festival closes with a 5:50 p.m. screening of The Italian, another U.S. premiere, this one about a slick Maserati dealer with a secret.
Nov. 5-7, 6:55 p.m., 2010