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Francofonia may test the patience of the uninitiated, but viewers willing to delve into a beautifully filmed look at the intersection of art and war will be richly rewarded. Read critic reviews

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In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich (Benjamin Utzerath) work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis.

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  • There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.

    November 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have.

    November 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is graceful and provocative filmmaking. It works both as art history and as an account of wartime Paris under German occupation.

    November 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By turns baffling, disturbing, moving and provocative, Alexander Sokurov's dreamy documentary stimulates the heart and head, just as it tests the limits of descriptive analysis.

    November 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Impossible to appreciate in a single sitting, this masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing.

    November 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In the end, the film suffers from cultural overload.

    October 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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