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Our Happy Holiday - Film Review (French Film Festival 2019)

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Alliance Française French Film Festival opens in Sydney on March 5 and runs until April 10. The Australian premiere of Our Happy Holiday (Premières vacances) opens at Palace Cinema Norton Street Leichardt at 4pm on March 10. The director Patrick Cassir has created a delightful romantic comedy that stars his co-writer Camille Chamoux as Marion and Patrick Cohen as Ben.

Our Happy Holiday is a French language film with English subtitles. It has a rating of MA 15 and a running time of 105 minutes. There is sexual content and a small amount of nudity but it is all in context and certainly not gratuitous.

This is a modern love story in that our protagonists meet via Tinder and by all accounts should not be suited. Their differences lead to many funny situations which are portrayed via the witty dialogue and some slapstick style sight gags.

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Marion and Ben are a couple of lonely thirty-somethings who after hitting it off on their first date impulsively decide to holiday together. Their destination of choice is Bulgaria, which is halfway between free-spirited Marion's usual venue of Beirut and Biarritz where Ben has holidayed with his family for more than thirty years.

The Airbnb in Bulgaria booked by Marion is not to Ben's 5-star taste and tests their burgeoning relationship with some hilarious consequences. The characters are believable as are the ridiculous situations they manage to find themselves in. Added to this, the supporting cast are great and the scenery is not half bad either.

Our Happy Holiday is a heartwarming funny film that will most likely be remade in English by a Hollywood studio.
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Why? To be entertained by a unique French film
When: 4pm March 10 at Palace Norton, 6:20pm Mar 21 at Palace Norton, 7pm March 24 at Palace Central, 6:30pm March 28 at Hayden Orpheum and 6:20pm April 5 at Palace Central
Where: Palace Cinemas & Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Cost: General admission tickets $22 discounts for members and bulk ticket purchases
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