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Jealous (Jalouse) - Film Review (Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018)

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by Kiesten McCauley (subscribe)
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She's Very a Jealous Lady

The 29th Alliance Française de Brisbane French Film Festival got off to a bon start last night in Brisbane. Francophiles were treated to the hilarious comedy Jealous (Jalouse) with film director David Foenkinos. David is one of France's hottest writer/directors right now. The movie screening was followed by a fascinating panel discussion 'From Page to Stage to the Silver Screen' where panellists including Queensland Theatre's Sam Strong, spoke with David about the journey a story takes from concept through to production.

About Jealous

The movie centres around a strong and capable female protagonist, Nathalie (Karin Viard, The Bélier Family, A Bun in the Oven) who is 'transitioning' toward menopause in the worst possible way. She's become impulsive, irrational, paranoid and rude to the people closest to her. She's self-sabotaging her relationships and her career - even jeopardising her relationship with her beloved daughter. At the heart of it all is her inability to rise above her jealousy.

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Drinking to Forget her Jealousy

The movie is cinematically speaking, very beautifully shot and edited. The acting is superb and nuanced. There are so many fabulous characters in the movie - each one tangible, relatable and wonderfully flawed. The film, while comedic, dealt with some really important and weighty themes: mortality, loneliness, finding love, ageing, fidelity and friendship. It moved the audience to laughter and for some of us a few sly tears too.

There was a beauty, passion and authenticity you don't really get much from Hollywood cinema. Considering the French film industry has always been held in high esteem, one shouldn't be surprised by the quality of Jealous. France is considered the birthplace of cinema. It's where many film processing and film-making techniques were invented.

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She's Even Jealous of Workmates

Jealous Brisbane Session Times

6:30 PM Sunday 11 March Palace Centro
8:45 PM Monday 12 March Palace Barracks
4:20 PM Wednesday 14 March Palace Barracks
1:40 PM Friday 16 March Palace Centro
1:10 PM Sunday 18 March Palace Centro
6:30 PM Thursday 22 March Palace Centro
8:30 PM Saturday 24 March Palace Barracks
6:00 PM Sunday 25 March Palace Centro
4:20 PM Wednesday 28 March Palace Barracks
8:30 PM Friday 30 March Palace Centro
6:15 PM Saturday 31 March Palace Barracks
9:00 PM Tuesday 3 April Palace Barracks

Did you know?

Paris has the highest density of cinemas in the world.

The Palme d'Or ("Golden Palm") is the most prestigious award presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The César Awards are like the Academy Awards for France.

There are 50 of the best French films playing at this year's French Film festival in Brisbane. Many have won Césars or awards at Cannes.

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind outside of France.

The Festival runs in Brisbane until the 4th of April.

Films Screening:

C'est La Vie!

50 Is The New 30

4 Days in France



Back to Burgundy


Belle & Sebastian, Friends for Life

Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Bloody Milk

Bpm (Beats Per Minute)


Bright Weakness

Catch The Wind



Diane Has the Right Shape

Double Lover

Dr. Knock


Golden Years

If You Saw His Heart

Ismaël's Ghosts



Let The Sunshine In

Lola Pater


Montparnasse Bienvenüe

Mr Stein Goes Online

Mrs. Hyde

Normandy Nude

Number One

Orchestra Class

Paris Etc.



Reinventing Marvin

Rock'n Roll


See You Up There

The Brigade

The Exes

The Guardians

The Price of Success

The Return of the Hero

The School of Life

The Workshop

Tomorrow and Thereafter

Two Is a Family

You can buy tickets, find out more about the films on show and even enter a competition to win a skiing trip to France at the festival's website.

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*Kiesten McCauley was invited as a guest
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Why? Take a Oui Break from Hollywood
When: 8 March - 4 April
Where: Palace Cinemas
Cost: Varies, see website for details
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