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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.



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A tour of the Louvre serves as a meditation on art. The film also explores how the museum avoided being plundered during the Nazi occupation of France, and depicts the ghost of Napoleon wandering among the exhibits. Directed by Alexander Sokurov.

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In the end, the film suffers from cultural overload.

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

"Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Francofonia is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

As Sokurov examines a pivotal point in the Louvre's history and gives us a virtual tour of the magnificent museum, he makes larger points about the vital importance of art throughout human history. This is one of the most beautiful films of the year.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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