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At the start of World War II a cabinet minister (Gerard Depardieu) joins a movie actress, a novelist, a journalist, a petty criminal, a scientist and his assistant attempting to escape the Nazi occupation of Paris by feeing south to Bordeaux. Taking refuge at the Hotel Spendide their lives and fates become entwined in a race against time to evade capture and imprisonment. Combining comedy, suspense and romance Jean- Paul Rappeneau's stylish and entertaining adventure boasts a fine ensemble cast and rich period detail, winning Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography at the 2004 César Awards


Romantic drama based on Edmond Rostand's classic play, starring Gérard Depardieu. France in the 17th century: Cyrano de Bergerac is a noted swordsman and poet, whose search for happiness is hindered by his exceptionally large nose. When he is unable to tell his beautiful cousin Roxane of his love for her, he agrees to act as an intermediary to help the handsome young soldier she adores to romance her instead.


City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) inherits a farm in Provence and moves there with his wife and daughter to start a new, idyllic life in the country, only to fall victim to the envy and greed of his neighbours, Soubeyran (Yves Montand) and his nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil), who want the land and its precious natural spring for themselves. Superbly acted and beautifully filmed, Jean de Florette is a captivating story of jealousy, human greed and fate with Depardieu's magnificent performance as the ill-fated Jean at its heart. Nominated for 8 César Awards and 10 BAFTAs this much loved adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's novel remains one of the finest films of the 1980's and a classic of French Cinema.


Also screening at Eden Court Cinema, the sequel to Jean de Florette;

Manon des Sources Tuesday 20th May 7.15

Director: Claude Berri Starring: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuel Béart.

1986/ France / 113 mins

Don't miss the conclusion to the story of Jean de Florette in Claude Berri's brilliant sequel, Manon de Sources. Now a shepherdess living on the land, Jean Cadoret's grown up daughter, Manon, seeks revenge on the men who conspired against her father.

*Special ticket price - see both films for £10


When ageing dance band singer Alain Moreau (Gerard Depardieu) encounters younger estate agent Marion (Cécile De France) in the crowd at one of his gigs, a tentative relationship begins to unfold, testing their expectations of themselves and each other. Xavier Giannoli's quietly assured and affecting drama features fine performances from charismatic leads Depardieu and De France in a bitter sweet story about the choices we make in life and love. Depardieu's performance as the middle aged, sentimental crooner is perfectly pitched, bringing subtlety and pathos to a role which he inhabits with ease.

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