Be More French: Watch these films

You have a problem: You don’t feel nearly bohemian enough. You’ve never smoked Galoises, your existential crises are brief and inelegant, you know little about post-structuralism, and you’re crass. But you want to live la vie boheme. In Florida, where do you begin?

You can start today at the Seventh Annual Perrier French Film Festival at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE 6 St., Fort Lauderdale). The all-day event begins at 11:30 a.m. with free croissants and coffee. (If you’re a bohemian, you’ll take the coffee scorching black and sip it with a practiced scowl.) There are four films in the lineup, all of them direct from France. The Grocer’s Son is the tale of a city-slicker who must return to his somnambulistic rural hometown to take over his father’s grocery business. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue, and Two Lives, Plus One is a romantic comedy. Closing the day at 5:15 p.m., Off and Running promises to be the most exciting film. In it a middle-aged carjacker gets tied up with the mistress of a government minister, and unfortunately for both of them her history in international arms dealing has caught up with her. Now she’s fleeing the North Koreans. The day concludes at 7:00 p.m. with a very bohemian Wrap Party. Tickets to each film cost $9 or less, and admission to the party costs $25. Call 954-525-3456, or visit
Sun., July 27, 2008

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