Feb. 22: C’est la vie!

Thursday, Feb. 22 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Directors: Oliver Nakache and Eric Toledano
France/Canada/Belgium 2017
French / 115 minutes
Rating: PG

Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket, has one last event to plan at an opulent château. But this over-the-top affair may be too much even for Max. With stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper sensitive
singer, a morose, micromanaging groom, and Max’s ostensible
girlfriend, Joisette (Suzanne Clément) openly flirting with a much younger server, only one thing is certain: it’s going to be a very long night. An ensemble work brimming with offbeat, lovable characters, C’est la vie! is a fiendishly smart, sprawling comedy as only the French can do it.

This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp. Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

An uproariously contemporary riff on Robert Altman’s underrated classic A Wedding … focusing almost exclusively on [the] wedding planner and his eccentric crew. Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

The latest collaboration between Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is like a good wedding champagne – bubbly, frothy fun with an excellent structure and a hint of complexity that leaves you on a high.
Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

March 1: The Square

Thursday, Mar. 1 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Presented in partnership with Shadows of the Mind Film Festival
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4, 2018

Director: Ruben Östlund
Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark 2017
English/Swedish /Danish / 145 minutes
Rating: 14A for language, some strong sexual content, and brief

An audacious satire of the postmodern art world, The Square follows Christian (Claes Bang), the imperious, self-centred, and hopelessly befuddled curator of Sweden’s most cutting-edge art museum and his increasingly desperate attempts to promote his exhibits. Full of brilliant and dazzling set pieces, including one of the year’s most
indelible onscreen moments, the film highlights the challenges that face artists as they examine the increasingly complex and absurd world we live in. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes, this film is one of the most undaunted examples of the comedy of
extreme discomfort and social collapse.

Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund takes modern society’s
temperature and finds it dangerously overheated in the madly
ambitious and frequently disquieting
The Square.
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

It’s laugh-out-loud funny and occasionally just plain silly. But it asks
a serious question that seems more urgent with every passing day:
“How much inhumanity does it take before we access your humanity?”

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

The argument in favor of The Square is not that it’s great fun to watch, but that it’s very entertaining to ponder after viewing. It lingers, both amusingly and disturbingly. Mark Jenkins, NPR