CEASEFIRE (N/C 15)

15:30 SUN 11 NOV

THE PHOENIX CINEMA

103 MINS

Directed By: Emmanuel Courcol

A Special preview screening as part of French Film Festival UK to mark Armistice Day.

Georges, a hero of the First World War who is running away from his past, has been living a nomadic life in Africa for four years when he decides to return to France. He is reunited with his mother and his brother Marcel. Having a hard time finding his place in a post-war society where life has gone on without him, Georges meets Hélène, a teacher, with whom he begins a tumultuous relationship and at the same time attempts to heal his family’s wounds and his own.

In his first feature, director Emmanuel Courcol convincingly creates the psychological and physical horrors of the First World War. Inspired by the experiences of his own grandfather, Courcol retells the aftermath through the life of a family touched by the horrors and sacrifices of the war. As much an adventure film as a family drama, Ceasefire successfully paints a portrait of France after the First World War and explores the national mood in the early 1920s.

French drama with English subtitles. Stars Romain Duris and Céline Sallette.