28th April 2006

 

FRENCH CINEMA ON SCREEN AT UNIVERSITY

 

The Lincoln Academy and the Lincoln Film Society will join forces next week to present 'Look At Me' (‘Comme Une Image’) by French director Agnès Jaoui.

 

This witty and acute examination of friendship, ambition and betrayal in the Parisian literary world will be the second film shown in a new partnership between the university and the Lincoln Film Society.

 

The screening takes place in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd May.

Etienne Gassard, a famous novelist whose narcissism is the dark star at the centre of the film's solar system, is a powerful publisher as well as a literary celebrity.

 

He is capable of impulsive generosity and his brusque honesty can be both bracing and funny.

 

But his self-absorption, his cutting sarcasm, and his utter indifference to anyone else's needs or feelings make him a corrupting and corrosive figure.

 

His egotism and his fame are especially hard on his older daughter, Lolita, an aspiring singer who is shy, needy and overweight, at once resentful of her father's influence and dependent on it.

 

Lolita believes that people are only interested in her as a means of meeting her father and, indeed, she has been used in just this way by her singing teacher who becomes altogether more responsive when she discovers who her father is.

 

A subtle, unforced film, both funny and affecting, ‘Look At Me’ is deeply moral but not judgmental and avoids the temptation to satirise.

 

The film will be shown in French with English subtitles and has a 12A certificate.

 

Members of the public are welcome to attend but advance booking is advised. To book a place contact Alex Gray on 01522 837003 or email algray@lincoln.ac.uk



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