Producers’ Committee Film Picks for March 2013
The theme for March is “Lasting Love–in all its forms and guises; sweet, bitter,
All three film choices are in French, “the language of love”,
with English sub-titles.
This film opened at the Grand Cinema on Friday, February 15, 2013. It will run for a minimum of two weeks; longer probably if it wins an Oscar. It is recommended that folks get out to see it as soon as possible.
Written & Directed by Michael Haneke @ 127 minutes.
The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, & Isabelle
Synopsis: Georges and Anne are cultivated retired music teachers in their eighties. Their daughter, a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day Anne suffered a TIA, a mild stroke, starting the couple down a difficult path, testing their self-images and their bond of love, disrupting their lives forever.
“ One of the biggest compliments one can give to this film is that it makes you
want to call your parents.”
This film won the Palm d’Orr at Cannes, and it is nominated for five Oscars.
Owen Glieberman wrote, “ ‘Amour’ is transfixing and extraordinarily touching,
perhaps the most hauntingly honest movie about old age ever made.”
A MAN AND A WOMAN (1966)
Directed by Claude LeLouch @ 102 minutes.
The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimee, Pierre Barouch,
and Valerie Lagrange.
Synopsis: A man and a woman meet by chance on a Sunday at their children’s
boarding school. They discover as they become friends that she is a widow, and he a widower. Soon they are more than friends, becoming intimate, but the woman breaks
off the love affair, stating that her husband’s memory was still too strong.
The man, hopelessly in love, refuses to accept her decision.
Often considered one of the most romantic movies of all time, it won two
Oscars–Best Foreign Film, & Best Writing Directly for the Screen.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964)
Written & Directed by Jacques Demy @ 91 minutes.
The film stars Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon,
and Mark Michel.
Synopsis: This is a straight forward love story divided into three acts–the beauty
of the film is in the telling; more specifically the singing of it. A young girls consummates
her love on the eve of her boyfriend’s departure for military service. The girl becomes
pregnant, and finds herself forced to marry a wealthy suitor. Years go by before the
couple meet again briefly, acknowledging their foibles.
Tagline: For all the young lovers in the wide, wide world.
The film was nominated for five Oscars.
A MAN AND A WOMAN will screen at CSL on Friday, March 1, 2013.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG will screen at CSL on Friday,
March 8, 2013.
As in February, the Discussion Night is on the third Wednesday,
March 20, 2013.
The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) is located at 206 North J Street,
on the corner of J Street & Division, across from the Group Health hospital.
The Grand Cinema is located at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, in the Merlino
Art Center, on the corner of Fawcett & 6th.