May Fools

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Part of the “Revolutions” film series
The great French director Louis Malle (ATLANTIC CITY, AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS) deals with the possible coming of revolution obliquely, as a warmly human comedy, in the pastoral, Spring 1968-set MAY FOOLS. “You feel in its images a sense of sunny embrace, a feeling of comfort and leisure and warm sensuality. You absorb it, the way you do the dappled light in the paintings of Renoir, or a clear, vivid day with a blanket laid out in the grass and wine rising in your blood. You bask in it….With the gathering of a clan for a Matriarch’s funeral, the world teeters as precariously on the edge of revolution as the rest of the country. Everywhere, change is in the air…For a moment, they all lose their inhibitions. Picnicking under a tree, they drink wine and smoke pot and let their fantasies soar. And in that idyllic instant, something new seems to be dawning”—Washington Post. In French with English subtitles. R. 107 Min. 1990.