Film Fridays: Vivre Les French Films
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Film Fridays: Vivre Les French Films

With all your usual movie news outlets having gone crazy for Sundance, here at Torontoist we’ve gone crazy for C.R.A.Z.Y, Jean-Marc Vallee’s coming-of-age-when-you’re-gay-
and-you-think-your-dad-is awesome-but-
won’t-be-down-with-that flick, being shown tonight as part of Cinematheque Ontario’s Canada’s Top Ten programme (8:45pm, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas West). The showing is preceded at 6:30pm by a fascinating panel – Pop Culture as History/History as Pop Culture, featuring Atom Egoyan (of Canada’s Top Ten film Where the Truth Lies) and Jean-Marc Vallee (of the aforementioned C.R.A.Z.Y), curated by Eye Weekly’s Jason Anderson. Sadly completely sold out, you can arrive early and hope for a rush ticket hope there is a ticket scalper outside, but the film is available, sans panel, at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor West) all week long.
Canada’s Top Ten continues throughout the week, with show times available at Cinematheque’s homepage. We particularly recommend checking out the films that might not be easy to see otherwise – such as Horologe Biologique (Saturday January28th, 8:45pm) and La Neuvaine (Thursday February 2nd, 6:30pm), which are (surprisingly) some of the few showings with tickets still available.
Of course, if you prefer your films French, rather than French Canadian, you’ll have to turn to Michael Haneke’s award winning new release, Cache. The story of a Parisian couple, played by Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche, coming apart at the seams due to an unknown sending videos and images that are unfortunately close to home. Twitch Film’s Kurt Halfyard calls it a ‘Creepy and unsettling take on racism, classism and terrorism.’ And states ‘The violence in the film is about 5 seconds long, but it will haunt you for a while.’
If that all sounds a bit harsh, the minor British hit Nanny McPhee hits our fair shores with it’s tale of a magical nanny who fixes up some awful children, by, uh, scarily anthropomorphising a horse. A slightly disturbing looking retread of Mary Poppins’ ground, I’ll admit, it’s kicked to death by Eye Weekly’s Liz Clayton – “An unwatchable, unfunny bastardization of all things Poppins and Snickert’.
Speaking of Sundance (uh, not that we have for the last 3 paragraphs) Julie Kwan’s Eve and the Fire Horse, opening today in Toronto, is the lone Canadian feature selected for this year’s Sundance, and concerns the faith of a Chinese-Canadian household in 70’s Vancouver. Jason Anderson asserts ‘[Julie Kwan has] created something rare: a family movie that makes keen observations about family life.’
Also opening this week are Annapolis, in which Tristan & Isolde’s James Franco plays a kid from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make his way through a US Naval Academy, and Big Momma’s House 2. The print advertising for this claims ‘The Mother of All Comedies is back’, which is, I guess, akin to the way that Iraqis call the first Gulf War ‘The Mother of All Battles’, because Big Momma’s House was a global tragedy that scarred the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, and definitely didn’t need a sequel.