A sweet, smart, hopeful and funny visionary film from our past imagines a future very different than the one we now know has happened. Alain Tanner’s beloved film follows eight casually utopian veterans of the consciousness of the ‘60s as they navigate a new world they themselves are trying to create through their eccentric but very deep idealism. The European equivalent of The Return of the Secaucus 7 (though Jonah came first!), looking at the lives of a group of men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the “revolutionary” sixties. Max, a dissatisfied copy editor; Myriam, a redhead into tantric sex; and Marie, a supermarket checker who gives unauthorized discounts to the elderly, search for renewed meaning on a communal farm. Director Alain Tanner collaborated with John Berger on a nonpareil screenplay, and a cast of great French actors take flight with their somewhat disillusioned but still very real hopes. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 116 Min. 1976.
Screened as part of our 2018-2019 Presence of the Past film series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center.
FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.