2018 Winter International Film Series

Sundays in Jamestown at 3:00 p.m.


 January 21: The Intouchable (France)

Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese man living in a Paris slum, applies for a job as caretaker to a wealthy quadriplegic, but all he wants is to get his paper stamped so he can get benefits. Despite his lack of qualifications, he lands the job because of his attitude: Philippe (François Cluzet), the quadriplegic, wants a caretaker who will look at him without pity. As Driss reluctantly learns to move, feed, and clean Philippe, the two men discover a blunt but vital humor that not only bridges the cultural and class divide between them, but gives Philippe a renewed joy in life. It's easy to see what made The Intouchables such a massive success in France; the movie has the sweet sincerity and uplifting conclusion that make for a classic feel-good experience. The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable, and Sy--who won the French equivalent of the Oscar for his role--is a dynamic and charismatic performer, while Cluzet's understated performance conveys Philippe's frustrations. . --Bret Fetzer


 February 11:  The Women's Balcony (Israel)

As "The Women's Balcony" (2016 release from Israel; 96 min.) opens, we see a group of people gathering at an Orthodox synagogue, to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah. The women participate from the synagogue's balcony, and then the unthinkable happens: the balcony crashes, causing a major injury to the Rabbi's wife, distressing the Rabbi so much that he decides to hole up in his house. The congregation needs an interim house of prayer and Rabbi. By happenstance, Rabbi David, an ultra-Orthodox, offers his services and the congregation eagerly accepts. However, it's not long before major tensions arise between Rabbi David and the synagogue's women. At this point we're 15 min. into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.


 March 18:  Trash (Brazil 2015)

Three teenage trash pickers in Brazil find a wallet amid the usual garbage, but they soon become targets when it turns out that the wallet's contents are connected to a high-level scandal.


April  22:  Dough (Great Britain 2015)

A Jewish widower hires a Muslim teenager to help out at his kosher bakery in London, and sales skyrocket when the latter's marijuana is accidentally mixed into the dough.