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Date:
May 10, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue:
New Beverly Cinema
Address:
7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036, United States
A Very Long Engagement

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A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic war film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been “caught” a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man’s Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man’s life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Mathilde (Tautou), fiancée to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover’s death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (7:30PM)

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Micmacs, billed as a “satire on the world arms trade”, is a 2009 French comedy film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil (Dany Boon) has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer (Jean-Pierre Marielle), a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator (Marie-Julie Baup), a math expert and statistician, Buster (Dominique Pinon), a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete (Michel Crémadès), an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl (Julie Ferrier), a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. (10:05PM)

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