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Vive La French Cinema

Frenchify your life now. The Eighth Annual French Film Festival (sponsored, of course, by Perrier) is unrolling French cinema for four days. The opening soiree at 6 p.m. on Friday packs a smorgasbord of French cuisine: coq au vin, beef bourguignon, lobster bisque, potato soufflé, and, for dessert, profiteroles. On all counts, yum. The feasting is followed by Hello Goodbye, a romantic comedy.

In all, 12 films are showing and three should be double underlined. Le Chant Des Mariees centers of Muslim-Jewish harmony, an incestuous marriage, and a secret jealousy between two girls in 1942, Vichy-ruled Tunis. A Pain in the Ass follows both a recently divorced, suicidal depressive and an assassin plotting an imminent contract kill as the two hook up through adjoining hotel rooms. Then there’s Towards Zero, about a Frenchman’s idea to unite his wife and ex-wife at his aunt’s house. The aunt soon ends up murdered.

The 8th Annual French Film Festival takes place at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) through Sunday. Opening night tickets cost $25, closing night tickets $15. All other films cost $10 or less. For showtimes and listings, call 954-525-3456, or visit fliff.com.
July 31-Aug. 2, 2009

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