Some Kind of Blue as part of CineFranco: The Celebration of International Franco Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
While we’re seeking the next big thing, chasing the new Iranian cinema or the glorious filmmaking renaissance in Korea, French cinema just keeps going.
A broad simplification, to be sure, and one that can be pitched against French cinema, whether you wish to beat it with the club of Third World film or dismiss it as an elitist exercise as compared to the crowd-pleasers out of Hollywood.
Now in its ninth year, CinéFranco screens 38 titles over 10 days, including Jacques Audiard’s Cesar-sweeping The Beat That My Heart Skipped (April 9, 3:30 pm), an improbable remake of James Toback’s Fingers; the inevitable Gérard Depardieu film, Boudu (April 4, 5 pm), a remake of Jean Renoir’s Boudu Sauvé Des Eaux; and the early-week highlight, Alain Corneau’s Some Kind Of Blue (April 1, 1 pm).
Some Kind Of Blue reunites the director with Sylvie Testud, the star of his last film, Fear And Trembling. Testud plays the single mother of a daughter who has chosen not to speak. She enrolls her in a school for the deaf, where the mother develops a relationship with her daughter’s teacher (Sergi López).
Corneau, now in his 60s, has reached a point where he understands how little he needs to do to tell a story, and Some Kind Of Blue is a film with big emotions but an ineffable lightness of touch. (Royal Cinema, March 31-April 9)