A Summer of French Films

June 26, 2017 | Brent

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Summer in Paris

Join us for A Summer of French Films every Monday afternoon at two at the Hinton Learning Theatre at Toronto Reference Library. Note: all films have English subtitles.

Here is the schedule:

  3 Coeurs

Monday, July 3:  3 Coeurs/3 Hearts (2015)

A man misses his train in a small provincial town and needs to find a hotel. He meets a woman in a bar and asks her for help — and to take a walk with her. Romance seems inevitable, but a missed assignation in Paris sends the would-be lovers on their separate ways despite the clearly special connection between them.



Monday, July 10:  Dheepan (2015)

In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers — a woman and a little girl — hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. But the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.


Monday, July 17: Frantz (2016)

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

In addition, Toronto Public Library's Place au cinéma series will screen Le coeur de Madame Sabali  in the Beeton Auditorium on Monday evening at 6 PM.

Madame Sabali

Mme Marcelle Lean, Directrice de Cinéfranco will lead a discussion after the screening.]


Attila Marcel

Monday, July 24:  Attila Marcel (2014)

Thirty-year-old Paul lives in a Parisian apartment with his aunts, two elderly aristocrats who have looked after him since he was two years old and who dream of seeing him become a virtuoso pianist. Isolated from the outside world, Paul has grown old without ever having lived... until the day that he encounters Madame Proust.


Monday, July 31:  Amour (2013)

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Un Ange a la Mer

Monday, August 14: Un Ange à la mer/Angel at Sea (2009)

Louis is a twelve year old boy who lives with his parents and older brother in southern Morocco. Louis is very happy until the day his father shares a secret with him. (And yes this is from Belgium not France.)


Monday, August 21: Samba (2014)

Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.


Monday, August 28: L'Enfant/The Child (2005)

Bruno and his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia live off her unemployment benefits and his panhandling and petty theft. When Sonia gives birth to their child, Bruno sells him to a black market connection, who promises to find the child an adoptive home. Realizing the error in his actions, Bruno sets out to try and undo his callous deed, leading him to a powerful personal decision.

2PM Hinton Learning Theatre

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street