Alliance Francaise goes to the movies

movie reel stockThe Avon Theatre in Stamford and the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich are teaming up once again to present a French Cinematheque screening of Lola.

In addition to the film, there will be a  Q&A with Anne Kern from SUNY Purchase on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for the Avon’s Carte Blanche members are free. Regular members and Alliance Francaise members will pay  $6 and students and seniors get in for $8. Nonmembers are charged $11. People can call the Avon box office at 203-967-3660, ext. 2 for tickets.

The innovations of the French New Wave were many, but one was the uncorking of sheer joy in youth, in rule-breaking and in cinema. No film of the era is more blissful than Jacques Demy’s Lola, a bittersweet ode to first loves and missed opportunities. It’s set in the atmospheric seaside town of Nantes and at the center of the interlocking storylines is a dancer who reunites with an ennui-burdened childhood friend but pines for the memory of a long-lost sailor.

Lola points toward Demy’s subsequent musical treasures, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, which together form one of the great happy visions in all of movies, a niche between workaday reality and a fairy-tale world in which everything works out exactly as it should.

The movie is not rated and will run about 90 minutes. It’s in French with English subtitles.

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