Going to the cinema is always an exciting and enjoyable experience, but the prices tend to be quite high in Aix-en-Provence, despite the student prices. That’s why Melissa is here to remind you that the “Printemps du cinema” starts this Sunday 17th march and how you can make the most of it.
Every viewing is only 4€, compared to the 7,70€ normally paid by students. This happens every year in France for three days, it was set up by the Fédération nationale des cinema français (FNCF) in 2000. Prices are the same in every cinema across the country, so you can avoid for three days the aixois prices !
Melissa thought it might be useful to share with you her top 5 film recommendations, so that you can make the most of the special prices which will only last this upcoming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We’re also giving you the scores the films received on the critics website senscritique.com, a great site if you want to check out opinions on a film but also series, book or music (anything above 7/10 is considered very good, and a « must see »).
First, the big films we’re all hearing about at the moment.
1. Le Chant du Loup (by Antonin Baudry)
A fairly surprising French film, but very enjoyable. Far from the slow-pace French films are most known for, Le Chant du Loup is full of intense scenes, depicting a near-future on the brink of nuclear war. Centered around Submarines and geopolitical complexities, this film is very realistic and paints a chilling picture of what life is like in the depth of the sea. Full of drama and apocalyptic narratives, this film is also very heartwarming and full of interest for the main character, who has a unique hearing ability, useful for identifying possible threats meters beneath the water’s surface.
SensCritique score : 7.7 / 10
2. Green Book (by Peter Farrelly)
The film that everyone is talking about, and rightly so with three Oscars for best scenario, second role and most prestigiously : best film. It also was rewarded at the Golden Globes and at the Toronto film festival. Green Book is indeed a powerful film, full of emotional and poignant scenes between the two main characters who form a warming friendship. To accompany him throughout his tour of the Southern States, the talented pianist Dr. Don Shirley hires the Italian-American and New York security guard Tony Lip as his chauffeur. Set in the 60s and based on a true story, this film tackles the issues of racism and prejudice but it also offers many moments of laughter. The core of the film not being a fight against racism, but the formation of an unprobable friendship and a discovery of identity, the tone is warm and personal, but still makes you reflect on what people are capable of doing, good and bad alike.
SensCritique score : 7.7 / 10
3. The Favorite (by Yórgos Lánthimos)
With a full star cast (Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) this film, again, is fairly surprising. A period film, but certainly not a costume drama, The Favorite is an original take on 18th Century England and Queen Anne’s reign. Winning awards at the Venice film festival, Golden Globes, Oscars and the British Bafta awards, it certainly has been recognized by critics as a success. If there is one reason to see this film, more so than the setting or the storyline, it must be for the role play between the three leading female characters. Their friendships and fights will make you laugh, as will the whole feeling of absurdity led on by the cinematography techniques. This film, despite the massive dresses and lavish lifestyles, also has a contemporary feel, enabling the viewer to plunge even more into the madness.
SensCritique score : 7.3 / 10
Other than the big films, on all cinema screens at the moment, Melissa thought it might be useful to share some lesser well known and independent films which you can see at the Mazarin cinema in the center of Aix.
4. Le Silence des autres (by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo)
This Spanish language documentary tells of the fight for justice and recognition of the violence and massacres brought on by the Franco dictatorship that have been put aside and forgotten. Indeed, an amnesty law was voted in 1977 after the death of the Spanish dictator and in a haste to instaure a democratic and peaceful society. However, many cases of disappearances and executions, even of children, were never addressed and families never got to know what happened to their loved ones. This documentary brings light to the Argentinians who decided to take the case to court, it being impossible to look into in Spain under the amnesty law. A powerful reminder that these violent periods of history are still very much a reality for some, this film is also a beautiful success cinematographically and a must see. Watch out, Le Silence des autres is going to be shown for the last time on Sunday 17th march, so don’t miss the opportunity !
SensCritique score : 7.5 / 10
5. Sibel (by Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti)
In an isolated village in Turkey, Sibel is a young woman who lives with her dad. She is deaf but communicates through an ancestral method of the region : whistling. This film translates the feeling of isolation the main character experiences, being outcasted from the local village people for her unusual communication techniques. This feeling of isolation also appears through the many nature scenes, giving an eery yet beautiful feel to the whole production. Indeed, you see Sibel wondering the forest where supposedly a wolf is roaming. Instead of finding the wolf, she falls upon a fugitif, who little by little becomes the focus of her life, the only one to truly understand her calls.
SensCritique score : 7 / 10
So… Make the most of the Printemps du Cinéma ! Let Melissa know what you went to see and what you thought of the films 🙂