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Tuesday, December 30

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY SOPHIE FILLIÈRES 

40-something-ish Pomme and Pierre, a longtime married couple, are played by two of the best and busiest actors working in France today, Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric. They go to chic Lyon art openings and share hikes in the woods. But do they still love each other? Amalric has been called “one of the most reliable – and also one of the least predictable – embodiments of Gallic intellectualism under duress” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times), and Devos “a gifted actress…who has always excelled at playing private, wounded women, perhaps because she refuses to conform to the movies’ one-dimensional ideal of female beauty” (Scott Foundas, Variety). When Pomme decides not to leave the forest with her husband, and instead begins an extended meditation on where her life will go next, we’re left wondering what love and commitment really mean and whether any relationship can successfully navigate decades of the same old same old. As Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s widow) once said: “What’s the secret of a long-term marriage? You don’t get divorced.”

FRANCE • 2014 • 102 MINS. • IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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