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French Impressions Preview: Robust (Cert TBC)

Director: Constance Meyer
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Déborah Lukumuena
Language: French
Country of Origin: France, Belgium
Year: 2021
Running Time: Saturday 9 July, 1pm 60m Film Talk; 2.30pm 95m Film screening;

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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.
Robust (Cert TBC)

George is an aging film star in decay. Aïssa, a semi-pro wrestler who earns a living as a security officer, has a hard time handling her love life.

When George’s right-arm man and only friend takes a leave of absence for several weeks, Aïssa is immediately appointed as his replacement. Between this pragmatic young lady bodyguard and our disenchanted renowned actor, a singular bond begins to take root. Despite their individual differences, life has shaped them in ways more similar than they thought.

About Jon Davies
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.
This programme includes the Talk at 1pm-2pm and a Screening at 2.30pm. There is a small break to allow you to get some refreshments before watching the film and some time for you to ask further questions after the film.
It leans on sharp writing, perceptively sketched characterisation, and a lovely, largely acapella score which emphasises the very human aspects of this odd-couple friendship.
Wendy Ide, Screen

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