Festival Strikes Out
With Two French Films
By Liliane Clever
Junto Staff Writer
It is always difficult to select movies during the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, as there are so many tempting choices. This year was no different. But between scheduling and the $11 price tag ($10 a ticket and $1 for a mysterious 'service fee'), I ended up only seeing The Sea Wall (Un barrage contre le Pacifique) and Summer Hours (L'Heure d'Ete). Both films are in French with English subtitles.
A few weeks ago, I happened to catch an interview with Isabelle Huppert promoting her movie The Sea Wall. The film takes place in French Indochina in the early 1930s, and is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras. Isabelle Huppert portrays Mme Dufresne, the widow of a French civil servant. Mme Dufresne was fooled into purchasing land, which gets regularly flooded with salt water from the Pacific Ocean during the rainy season.