Fellow Film Club Members & Film Buffs:
The Producer’s theme for this month is: “In the prison of her skin”.
Well, boy howdy, the New Year has descended upon us, ready or not, & we have all launched our fresh personal journeys on the good ship 2016. Fortunately, we seem to reside in a safe haven as Mother Nature rages from coast to coast whelping nightmares & tragedies; mostly we have been spared from her chaos–which provides us with the blessed respite & leisure to enjoy our aesthetic pursuits–like viewing good films. This Friday, January 8th, we are pleased to inaugurate 2016 & first month with a screening of VIOLETTE (2013).
It was written & directed by Martin Provost. He is also well known as an actor (20 films) & a writer (2 films).
As a director he has given us 6 films, including LA VENTRE DE JULIETTE (2003), SERAPHINE (2008), & THE LONG FALLING (2011).
The cinematography was done by veteran Yves Cape, who has lensed 57 films since 1990, including MA VIE EN ROSE (1997), MADE IN PARIS (2001), YELLOWKNIFE (2002), THE BUFFALO BOY (2004), ILL WIND (2007), ESCALADE (2011), & HOLY MOTORS (2012).
Directed by Martin Provost @ 139 minutes.
The film stars Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, & Olivier Py.
Synopsis: This is a Bio-Pic about Violette Leduc, a struggling writer during WWII in Normandy. After the war she moved to Paris where she met Simone de Beavior & Jean Genet. The relationship between the two women blossomed, & lasted for the rest of their lives. Leduc’s intense & frank writings about lesbianism & feminism were shocking for their time.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 84% Critic’s Approval & 67% for the Audience Approval. IMDb rated it at 7 stars.
Missy Schwartz of TOP CRITIC wrote: “Devos gives a tremendous performance, somehow managing to turn self-loathing into something beautiful to behold.”
Inkoo Kang of the LOS ANGELES TIMES wrote: “Compelling, even thrilling, in its frank depictions of female sexual voracity, professional egotism, & twisted variants on the Electra theme.”
Moira MacDonald of THE SEATTLE TIMES wrote: “A literate & lovely telling of one woman’s attempt to find what Virginia Woolf famously called ‘a room of one’s own’”
So mark your new calendars for Friday, January 8, 2016, & join the Tacoma Film Club for an exciting screening of Martin Provost’s VIOLETTE (2013). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL). the church building we rent for our events; located at 206 N. J Street–on the corner of Division & J streets.
Arrive early, around 6:30pm, & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine & beer, to share with others. Remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to view the movie. There is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary during the screening.
See new Director, Diane Jensen, if you want to join TFC for 2016. The membership cards, at $20.00, are graced this year with the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor.
There is a donation box by the entrance to the sanctuary. All donated funds go to help pay for the rent of the space & other Club expenses. VIOLETTE will screen around 7:30 p.m. & it runs 139 minutes, so the curtain will fall before 10pm. See you at the movies.