One of the biggest hits with audiences at this year’s Alliance Français French Film Festival – the latest comedy from Philippe Le Guay (The Women On The 6th Floor), NORMANDY NUDE arrives on local screens later this month.
The irrepressible François Cluzet (The Intouchables, The Country Doctor) plays the mayor of Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, a charming rural town in Normandy which has hit hard times. Dairy and livestock prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. The national media is uninterested and things seem hopeless… until the day famous American photographer Newman (Toby Jones) passes through the village, inadvertently discovering the perfect backdrop for his next shoot. The mayor sees a rare opportunity, and sets about convincing the townsfolk – the farmers, the butcher, the pharmacist, some 200 in all – to participate. But of course, there’s a catch…
Boasting superb performances and conveying a rich sense of place, Le Guay’s wonderful ensemble delivers a memorable portrait of community, resilience and fraternité, and a hugely enjoyable experience for film-lovers of all shapes and sizes. M from Nov 29.
“Authentic and endearing” – Victoria Gairin, Le Point
“Euphoric!” – Olivier de Bruyn, Marianne
Thanks to Palace Films we have 10 advance screening double passes valid for the preview weekend of Nov 23-25 (ex Tas) to give away. For a chance to win, email us at email@example.com with “Normandy Nude” in the subject line and tell us the name of one other French comedy you’ve enjoyed. And that’s all you have to do… but do make sure you don’t mind the sight of nude French people. Remember to include your name and a postal address for the tickets. There’s a list of participating cinemas nationwide here. Entries close midday Monday Nov 19.
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