Happening / L'Événement (2021)

Sacreblue! x SBS: The February Selection

Here is our February selection of SBS French films for a special francophone summer !

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01 Mar 2024

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Sacreblue! x SBS
The February Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! highlights francophone films from the SBS catalogue.
These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand.

Here is our February selection of SBS French films for a special francophone summer !


Happening / L’Événement (2021)

Director: Audrey Diwan

Cast: Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro, Louise Chevillotte, Pio Marmaï, Sandrine Bonnaire, Leonor Oberson, Anna Mouglalis, Cyril Metzger, Éric Verdin, Alice De de Lencquesaing, Madeleine Baudot, Fabrizio Rongione, Isabelle Mazin, Julien Frison, Édouard Sulpice

Set in 1963 France, when abortion was illegal, a young and talented student, Anne, discovers she is pregnant. Her opportunities to finish her studies begin to slip away from her while she attempts to receive help from two male doctors. Since abortion was illegal at this time, both doctors refuse to help her. As her final exams approach and her social life begins to fade, Anne struggles to find somebody who is willing to give her an abortion, even if she must risk prison and/or death to do so.

An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s eponymous novel, the film premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021 where it won the Golden Lion and received universal acclaim from critics. The film also premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the U.S. on May 6, 2022. It was widely received, being nominated for and winning numerous awards at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, BAFTA, Gotham Awards, Lumières Awards, and César Awards.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Murder Party  (2022)

Director: Nicolas Pleskof
Cast: Alice Pol, Eddy Mitchell, Pablo Pauly, Pascale Arbillot, Gustave Kervern, Sarah Stern, Zabou Breitman, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Miou-Miou

An architect is entrusted with the rehabilitation of a wealthy family’s mansion. When the family’s patriarch is found murdered in the middle of a Murder Party, the architect is drawn into the investigation to unmask the murderer.

Murder Party is a visual treat. It’s a richly coloured film that sticks to a bright, almost cartoon-like palette. There’s a sumptuousness expressed in the scenery and costuming that brings us into an unusual retro world reminiscence of 50s and 60s Technicolor, but placed in the modern era.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Haute Couture (2021)

Director: Sylvie Ohayon
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Lyna Khoudri, Pascale Arbillot, Claude Perron, Clotilde Courau

Esther is at the end of her career as Head Seamstress at Dior Avenue Montaigne workshop. One day, she gets her handbag stolen in the metro by a 20 year old woman, Jade. Instead of calling the police she decides to take care of Jade. She sees in her the opportunity to pass on her skills, the craft of dressmaking, her only wealth. In the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade la beauté du geste, a way to reach beyond herself.

For a ful review head to theburb.com.au


Watch it on SBS on Demand here.

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