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Pop on a beret and break open the baguette, the annual myFrenchFilmFestival.com has returned for another year.

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Poster for the myfrenchfilmfestival.com


Sign-up online for free, then choose one of ten short films or ten feature films to watch.

Some films are free, others have a small price tag of around $3.50.

The films are available with subtitles in nine different languages (just click CC at the bottom right corner of the screen, then pick your language of choice). Each film is up for an award, so don't forget to 'Like' or leave a comment after watching a film.



Here are three short films from myfrenchfestival.com I have reviewed.

The Wanderer (Errance) 2014
Written and directed by: Peter Dourountzis
Category: Lost Generation
Approx. 21 minutes

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Creepy: The Wanderer. Photo source: myfrenchfilmfestival.com


The Wanderer is about a creepy guy who wanders around the streets of Paris late at night, following women. Creepy probably sums-up the whole film. Even the use of cinema verite with a handheld camera following the creepy guy invokes the feeling of creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Watch it to be reminded of how aware you need to be especially when alone day and night, and to stay away from that guy who you think is creepy, and crazy ex-boyfriends. Also to remind yourself to update your kickboxing/boxing/self defense moves with a mobile phone at the ready, works wonders.

Last Door South (Derniere Porte au sud) 2015
Written and directed by: Sacha Feiner
Category: Animation
Approx. 14 minutes

Last Door South
The little boy with two heads in Last Door South. Photo source: myfrenchfestival.com


Last Door South is about a small child with a second head who is kept locked inside a boarded-up house by his mother who has a fake second head. It's weird at first. Then it becomes freakish when the child's second head starts screaming. Then scary when the child's mother dies and the little boy shoots his second head. At the end, the boy thinks he is climbing a stair towards the great light [aka: supposedly 'heaven'] where his father is. However, it is just the light from the outside sun. The little boy is left standing on the roof by himself looking at a cityscape with his second head hanging off his neck.

This film portrays a certain kind of innocence of the world when only what is known is a closed-in life lived. This film's message projects the importance of understanding the diversity of humanity in an imperfect world.

Grounded (Au Sol) 2014
Written and Directed by: Alexis Michalik
Category: Women's Tales
Approx. 17 minutes.

Grounded
Grounded. Photo source: Myfrenchfilmfestival.com


This is an emotional film. A couple attempts to board a flight with their baby from Paris to London in order to attend the mother's mother's funeral. Unfortunately, the couple forgot the identification for their baby, thus the baby cannot travel with them. The father (Cyril) gets on the flight, while the mother (Evelyne) taxis back home, picks up her baby's identification and makes it just in time for the 11 o'clock flight. It could not have been made possible without the help of airline employee Stephanie who goes out of her way to help Evelyne board the flight in time.

This film has many layers. The first is the huge difference a little effort employees can make to the lives of those facing stressful circumstances. For example, the airline employee (Stephanie) did not need to go out of her way to get Evelyne on that airplane. Stephanie could've just said 'sorry, there are no seats left', then Evelyne would've missed her mother's funeral. A memory she would've kept for the rest of her life.

The film also gives a birds-eye view of the storyline, as the viewer can see the situations played-out from both sides; from the side of the stressed-out passenger, and the side of the under-pressure employee. Compassion from both points-of-view are thus apparent to the viewer in this way. The other layer is the setting and circumstance in which millions of people around the globe have experienced the dreaded delayed flights when needing to be somewhere important on time.
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