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Facets Multimedia Center, in collaboration with the French embassy of Chicago, presents a program of contemporary French films, running Friday through Thursday, December 5 through 11, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets for all programs are $7; filmmaker Jean-Francois Richet will attend the festival Friday through Sunday. For more information call 773-281-4114.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

Cold Water

See Critic's Choice. (7:00)

Full Speed

Directed by Gael Morel, the young lead of Andre Techine's Wild Reeds (1996), this feature examines the sex lives of several 20-year-olds, gay as well as straight. I only stuck around for the first half hour or so when I sampled this at Cannes last year, and I wasn't sorry to leave, but maybe I missed something. (JR) (8:45)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6

A Saturday on Earth

A feature by Diane Bertrand (1996) interweaving two stories--one about an unhappy wife, the other about a man obsessed with a murder in his family's past. (3:30)

State of Things

Filmmaker Jean-Francois Richet's use of techniques associated with documentary characterizes this 1994 narrative set in the suburbs of Paris. An almost charismatic angry young man is shown interacting with friends, family, coworkers, police, and someone who's apparently making a movie, though maybe not this one. Scenes occasionally give way to quoted text, whose political content serves mainly to rationalize the main character's outrage. In one sequence, edited to appear as if its action were continuous, Pierre Cephas (Stephane Ferrara) and his family are seated around a dinner table with no empty place for the camera, an arrangement that creates a sense of documentation--some angles include the backs of people's heads--that's only slightly disturbed by cuts between shots. But this scene--like most of the movie--is just as boring to watch as the real events would be. (LA) (5:15)

Cold Water

See Critic's Choice. (7:00)

Crack 6-T

The rap title in French is even more baroque: Ma 6-t va crack-er. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet, and a focus of much dispute in France, this is a hard-hitting look at gangs in the French suburbs. Richet will attend the screening. (8:45)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

Neither Eve nor Adam

A first feature directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac about a young teenage couple in flight from their families and the police. (1:30)

Shadow Play

Helena Bonham Carter and Jean-Philippe Ecoffey play a couple with Romane Bohringer and Sergio Castellito in a feature by Martine Dugowson (Mina Tannenbaum) about fashionable Parisians in their 30s; the original title is Portraits chinois. (3:15)

Circuit Carole

Laurence Cote (Up Down Fragile, Les voleurs) plays the daughter of Bulle Ogier (L'amour fou, Irma Vep); both live in a northern suburb of Paris in this 1995 first feature by Emmanuelle Cuau. I sampled this a couple of years ago and liked what I saw; given the distinction of the two actresses involved, it should be well worth seeing. (JR) (5:45)

On the Edge

Clara (Clementine Celarie) picks up a younger man at Orly airport after she discovers that her husband's having an affair. Reeling, she provokes Robert (Bruno Todeschini), venting her frustrations in cruel outbursts that alternate with bouts of self-deprecation, but their night together becomes a series of new experiences--a perfect fix for her midlife crisis. Though Robert's tolerance of Clara's behavior seems to indulge a classic female fantasy, writer-director Solange Martin makes the idea of these strangers meeting and covering so much emotional territory in one night mostly believable (1994). (LA) (7:30)

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

On the Edge

See listing for Sunday, December 7. (7:00)

Circuit Carole

See listing for Sunday, December 7. (8:45)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

A Saturday on Earth

See listing for Saturday, December 6. (7:00)

Neither Eve nor Adam

See listing for Sunday, December 7. (8:45)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Full Speed

See listing for Friday, December 5. (6:30)

Shadow Play

See listing for Sunday, December 7. (8:30)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11

State of Things

See listing for Saturday, December 6. (7:00)

Crack 6-T

See listing for Saturday, December 6. (8:45)

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Cold Water film still.

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