CANNES FESTIVAL, “Plaire, aimer et courir vite”

Unlikely gay romance during the murderous nineties in France
Vincent Lacoste and Pierre Deladonchamps
Directed by Christophe Honoré

On the heels of “120 beats per minute,” a unanimous hit last year in Cannes, is Christophe Honoré’s “Plaire, aimer et courir vite,” a film that's in the running for a Palme D’Or. Like “120,” “Plaire” is set in the nineties and conjures up memories of a catastrophic decade for the gay community, one in which the gay community was decimated by the AIDS virus. In “Plaire,” which the Bretagne-born ... more >

Dans Paris

City of Light gets top billing in French film
Romain Duris, Louis Garrel and Alice Butaud
Directed by Christophe Honoré

Curiously, Dans Paris (Inside Paris), second feature-film from the young French director Christophe Honoré (Ma Mère) takes place in a suburb of the French capital. The City of Lights is never far from consciousness; and its proximity is constantly reaffirmed by the ubiquitous Eiffel Tower, visible out of most windows, and in numerous exterior shots. Jonathan (Louis Garrell) and Paul (Romain ... more >