The French Film Club took its first excursion on November 18 to see “Bellamy” at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema. Twenty French students in grades 8-11 joined their teacher, Ms. Jennifer Campo.
The French film, written by the late Claude Chabrol and starring Gérard Depardieu, is a detective story involving endless guessing, romance, secrets, and family relations. Students commented on the aspects of French culture portrayed in the film and felt as though they had taken a trip to France for two hours.
Tenth graders Carla, Danielle, and Caroline said, “We loved the film! Gérard Depardieu is an amazing actor!” Some students in the 11th grade were more skeptical; Isaac and Cole questioned the ending: “Who killed the victim and pourquoi?” Sasha, Weston, and James—also 11th graders—enjoyed their time as well as the popcorn.
The entire French 9 class attended and had much to say about the film and the differences between French and American film styles. “It was fun, interesting, suspenseful, and scandalous!” said Galeana. Michelle said, “It was interesting. It was the first time that I saw a French film.”
The next French Film Club outing is scheduled for January 2011.