FRENCH EVENTS : FALL 2006
for the French Cultural Studies Colloquium
Grossi, Attachée Culturelle Adjointe at the French Consulate
POSTPONED TO SPRING
to be a French Business Manager in an American Company
in the US?
The Views of Two West Michigan French Business Managers"
Munch (Herman Miller) and
Loick Griselain (Johnson Controls)
Oct. 25 (W) 4:00
Maas Conference Room
in English / Refreshments served
and Back: My Adventures in French Africa with the Peace Corps."
Nov. 6 (M) 4:00
Maas Conference Room
to the ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO
A visit to the
exhibit entitled, "De Cezanne a Picasso."
POSTPONED TO SPRING SEMESTER
-Late March 2007-
Visit the Art Institute's website at http://www.artic.edu/.
6- Nov. 10 : Semaine Française
dernière bande" de Samuel Beckett
Nov. 13 (M)
Fine Arts Center Auditorium of Calvin College, 7:30 p.m.
(In French with English subtitles)
Sept. 19 (T) Martha Miller 243,
Sept. 20 (W) Granberg, 6:30 pm
It comes like lightning. The Nazis overrun France
and for its people it begins the most miserable of times. Yet
it’s not so miserable that the goodness of one man cannot
triumph. In Les Miserables, two-time Academy Award winner Claude
Lelouch fashions a magnificent achievement that won the Golden
Globe Award as 1995’s Best Foreign Film. Legendary Jean-Paul
Belmondo stars as Henri Fortin, a true and simple man whose life
parallels that of Jean Valjean, the hero of Victor Hugo’s
great novel. But those parallels do not mean a simple updating
of Hugo’s tale. Instead, Lelouch uses them to frame a towering
cascade of events, traits and emotions: nobility, suffering,
persistence, joy, hate, longing, love, greed, betrayal, war,
peace and life-affirming joy and hope.
(Kings and Queen)
Oct. 10 (T) Granberg 6:30 pm
Oct. 16 (M) Martha Miller 243 6:30 pm
A rich, complex and deeply pleasing movie showing
a pair of ex-lovers' parallel lives. Arnaud Desplechin's latest
film, in spite of its harsh contents, is utterly entertaining,
fascinating, moving and even funny. The storyline about Nora's
relationship with her father, her ex-boyfriend and her son, and
then again Ismael's relationship with Nora's son and with his
family are very powerful. When in the end, Nora discovers the
secret pages of her father's diary, or when Ismael spends an
afternoon with Nora's son, it is devastating. Seldom are movies
able to translate human emotions so beautifully. Just for that,
Rois et reine is a must see.
Nov. 15 (W) Martha Miller 243 6:30 pm
Nov. 21 (T) Granberg 6:30 pm
Aptly titled, this film is a rollicking, quirky,
over 2000-mile journey from France to Saudi Arabia - in a car!
- by an unwilling son and his pious father on the 'hadj', the
Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Despite (or perhaps because of) his
finals and a girlfriend, the son acquiesces. Framed by the strange
landscapes of the former Yugoslavia and the deserts of the Middle
East, we see through the father and son all the clashes of our
age (terrorist/hostage, East/West, old/new, religion/secularism,
have/have-nots, etc.) woven into a metaphorical tapestry of character
transformation. Both pilgrims learn lessons in faith and love
and we learn that neither are what they seem.