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French Impressions: Lola And The Sea

Running Time: Saturday 22 January, 2.30pm, 60minutes
Price: £5 per screen

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About this event

French Impressions is an opportunity for those interested in film, especially French film, to watch a movie and discuss it in a discussion led by our resident French film expert, Jon Davies. Anyone is welcome to join the discussion, you really don’t have to be an expert. The idea is that this is an informal way for those interested to develop their knowledge and share their views in a safe open environment…that’s fun.

Jon Davies has been presenting Watermans' popular French cinema club French Impressions for over 20 years, he's Tutor in Current Film and Cinema at Morley College and an Associate of the British Film Institute, appointed in 1993. In French Impressions he lends his expert insight and relaxed conversational style to French cinema from across the spectrum and invites you to take part.

We run French Impressions monthly, Jon selects a film to discuss and then there is a discussion. We would, in normal times, programme the film in our cinema with the discussion before the screening but during COVID we have selected films audiences can watch at home and then we run an online discussion. We will be moving back to the cinema and running this live again soon but for now it is run online (see below for how it works).

Please join – we’d love to see you and have you joining in the discussion (or just listen in)!

Jon has chosen Lola and The Sea for this first French Impressions of 2022. (Please note that this is a change to the original advertised session.) It is a gripping and intelligent family story that looks at some timeless family issues such as bereavement and some that we have begun to focus on in recent times around gender fluidity.

Lola and The Sea (15)

Director: Laurent Micheli | 91m | Belgium, France | French, Flemish

Lola (Mya Bollaers) lives in the city with her best friend Samir (Sami Outalbali, Sex Education) studying for her diploma as a veterinary assistant. Emboldened by her life changing transition and support of her mother she has the world at her feet with no plans of looking back.

When Lola receives the news that her mother has suddenly passed away, she returns home for the funeral and to face her estranged father, Phillipe (Benoît Magimel, The Piano Teacher). Driven together by the common goal to fulfil her mother’s last wishes, Lola and Phillipe reluctantly embark on a journey to the North Sea.

WATCH LOLA AND THE SEA on Curzon Hone Cinema £4.99 HERE


How It Works

On Saturday at 2.30pm, we'll get together on via video calling platform Zoom for a short presentation from Jon and a chance to discuss the film. 

Don't worry if you're no Zoom expert: it's very simple. We will send you a link by 1pm on the day of the event, and our friendly box office team will be available from 1.30pm to help you get online if you have any problem at all. Please note you only need to book one ticket per screen, even if more of you are joining on that screen.

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