"L'Origine de la tendresse" and Other Tales (2008)





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The program is the organization's second release, following the critically-acclaimed release in 2006 of an eponymous package of six award-winning international shorts, which was distributed nationwide via New Yorker Films, and subsequently released on DVD. The organization has been exhibiting programs of international short films in the New York are since 2000.Titles include "Kitchen" by Alice Winocour; "Gratte papier" (Pen-Pusher) by Guillaume Martinez; "Ma mere:Histoire d'une immigration" (My Mother: Story of an Immigration) by Felipe Canales; "Je suis une voix" (One Voice, One Vote) by Jeanne Paturle and Cécile Rousset; "La dernière journée" (The Last Day) by Olivier Bourbeillon; and "L'origine de la tendresse" by Alain-Paul Mallard. Between them, the films have been honored with numerous awards and nominations at festivals from Cannes to Berlin to Montreal and beyond. The program features the work of a generation of young, up-and-coming filmmakers-the first program of such work from France ever to receive distribution in the United States-and includes a broad range of styles and genres, from animation to fiction to documentary, reflecting the diversity of both the visions of contemporary French filmmakers and the people of France-from foundry workers in Brest to Algerian immigrants transplanted to Paris; from the malaise of la vie quotidienne for a wealthy married couple to flirtatious youths in the capital's Metro system.
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A compendium of six short films by French filmmakers, any one of which might prove diverting in the right place at the right time but all of which, cumulatively, donâ(TM)t much make for a knockout night at the cinema.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
New York Times
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Shorts programs require a gambler's mentality -- roll the dice, take your chances -- and thankfully, this collection of French snippets has two that offset a sense of 'comme ci, comme ça' curating.

May 29, 2008
Time Out
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A sprightly collection of Gallic short subjects that sprints from romantic froth to earnest documentation (almost) without skipping a beat.

Full Review… | June 3, 2008
Film Journal International

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