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A Difficult Year
Alliance Française French Film Festival Preview

With a glass of specialty French wine on arrival!

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Be among the first to get a taste of the 2024 Alliance Française French Film Festival with an exclusive Movie Club Preview of the wildly entertaining new comedy, A Difficult Year, from irrepressible filmmaking duo Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (The IntouchablesC’est la vie), screening ahead of the Festival’s official opening this March!

Join us on Tuesday, February 20 for a glass of specialty French wine on arrival, receive a copy of the programme, and be the first to see previews of the major highlights.

A Difficult Year stars Pio Marmaï and Jonathan Cohen as two compulsive spenders who get much more than they bargained for when they try and scam their way out of trouble.

Both in debt up to their necks, Albert (Marmai) and Bruno (Cohen) have turned to a community worker (Mathieu Amalric) to try and help get a grip on their lives. However at one of their group sessions, they stumble into an adjoining meeting room hosting a gathering of young social activists, led by a vivacious organiser (the fabulous Noémie Merlant).

Attracted more by the free beer and chips than the group’s struggle against consumerism and protection of the environment (whilst acknowledging the hugs are quite nice), Albert and Bruno join the movement without any particular conviction, but soon sense an opportunity… if they don’t get arrested first.

Expertly poking fun at their characters while simultaneously honouring them, A Difficult Year delivers both laughs and pathos in spades, thanks to the directors’ ongoing faith in humanity’s desire to change. With of-the-moment resonances to Australia’s social and ‘cozzie livs’ concerns, it’s must-see entertainment.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2023 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Special Presentation)

Event Details:

Tuesday, February 20 | 6:30pm

Pricing:

Palace Movie Club & Alliance Française Members: $25
General Admission: $30

Hurry – limited seats available for this exclusive preview event. The full 2024 Alliance Française French Film Festival line-up will be revealed and on sale from Thursday 8 February. 

Reviews:

★★★★
“Intelligent and hilarious! A social comedy that makes us laugh, moves and questions us at the same time.”

– Juliette Hochberg, MARIE CLAIRE

★★★★
“Very funny.”

– FEMME ACTUELLE

★★★★
“Irresistible. Confirms the constancy of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache as keen observers and directors of their time. Here they brilliantly hit the nail on the head on a major social phenomenon, always with tact and lightness.”

– Jacky Bornet, FRANCEINFO CULTURE

 

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Dates, Location & Tickets

Melbourne

Palace Penny Lane
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Tuesday, February 20
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6:30pm Screening

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Palace Balwyn
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Tuesday, February 20
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Pentridge Cinema
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Palace Brighton Bay
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Palace Cinema Como
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Tuesday, February 20
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Palace Westgarth
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The Kino
Tuesday, February 20
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Sydney

Palace Norton Street
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Tuesday, February 20
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Palace Central
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Tuesday, February 20
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Chauvel Cinema
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Canberra

Palace Electric
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Tuesday, February 20
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Brisbane

Palace Barracks
Tuesday, February 20
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Palace James St
Tuesday, February 20
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Perth

Palace Raine Square
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Tuesday, February 20
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Byron Bay

Palace Byron Bay
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Tuesday, February 20
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Adelaide

Palace Nova Eastend
Thursday, March 14
6:00pm Wine on Arrival
6:30pm Screening

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