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Splendor in the Grass

What happens when a famed French New Wave director grows as old as Betty White? He abandons head trips such as Last Year at Marienbad — cinema’s most awkward love triangle — and Hiroshima Mon Amour, a lovers’ spat centered on nuclear bombing. With his most recent film, Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles), 88-year-old director Alain Resnais has produced a slightly off-kilter rom-com. Marguerite, with her Carrot Top-esque hair, gets mugged. The man who finds her discarded wallet has too shady a past to return it to her in person or via the police. Somehow, in the world of aging nouvelle vague, this ends in an awkward budding romance.

The Miami Beach Cinematheque will screen Wild Grass this Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Raleigh Hotel ballroom. MBC founder, Dana Keith, says, “While not quite as earth-shattering as his earlier films, Wild Grass has elements of playful surprise, and it still touches on the avant-garde, as seen in the intriguing last minute of the film.”
Fri., Aug. 27, 8 p.m., 2010


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