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Life is a Very Strange Thing (Region 4 DVD)

McLaren, Les & Stiven, Annie


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Languages & ESL; French - Movies; Current Affairs; Media
Life is a very strange thing (78 mins) follows Frédéric as he adjusts to a France reeling from terrorist attacks and a powerful resurgence of nationalist politics.

​Frédéric has been many things: a young rebel in Paris, ethnomusicologist, executive of a multinational garbage business. After decades living abroad he returns to a France that is familiar but on edge.

​Previously unseen archive from Papua New Guinea and Cambodia mix with contemporary observation to create a compelling and personal reflection on past events that shape the present.

We discover Frédéric's grandfather, a colonial governor in Cambodia; his composer father Charles Duvelle, whose recordings of traditional music helped found the World Music movement; and Frédéric's niece Elvire - an activist with FEMEN whose protests attract global headlines.

Frédéric is a wily raconteur and collector and as we follow his encounters with local characters in the streets of Paris and Bordeaux, a rich mosaic of life emerges.

The film is an intriguing, funny and cinematic portrait by an outsider with questions of what it is to be French in the 21st century.
By:   McLaren Les & Stiven Annie
Language:   French
Format:   DVD video
Publisher's Status:   Active

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