Bittersweet French dramas

January 10, 2018

Come along to a very French weekend at Swanpool Cinema with two outstanding French films.

Screening first is, The Midwife (M), featuring two of French cinema’s biggest stars Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, who shine in this bittersweet drama.

Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Beatrice, her late father’s free-spirited mistress.

Though polar opposites, the two women come to rely on each other after Beatrice reveals that she has brain cancer.

Official selection at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

The second film stars Isabelle Huppert in, Things to To Come (M).

What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart?

Nathalie, a philosophy teacher is juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family, which includes visits to her ‘‘drama queen’’ mother.

When her husband of 25 years suddenly leaves her Nathalie finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation.

She sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself.

These films will screen on Friday and Saturday, January 12 and 13, at 7pm and on Sunday, January 14, at 6pm.

More wonderful holiday films with an International theme are screening on the weekend of January 19, 20 and 21.

From Turkey is the fascinating Kedi: The Cats of Istanbul (PG) featuring the hundreds of thousands of cats that have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for hundreds of years.

The cats of Istanbul wander in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can.

Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it.

In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.

The second film is described as a brilliant documentary highlighting the the changes to a sleepy Irish town on the wild Atlantic Coast from the year 2000 when it became a prime surfing location.

Between Land And Sea (PG), is a breathtaking introduction to surfing in and around Lahinch in County Clare, near the spectacular cliffs of Moher.

The exciting sport has provided new business opportunities the town’s inhabitants.

An all-Australian program is planned for the Australia Day weekend with the rollicking, Three Summers (M) and David Stratton — A Cinematic Life (M).

The famous handmade Swanpool choc-top ice-creams are a cooling and delicious treat at interval and before the double feature of films from the Swanpool Candy Bar.

Hot pastries, hot chocolate, real coffee are also available.

●For more information, go to or phone the cinema on (03)57682415.

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