Francofonia (2015)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Alternate title:  Francophonia

France/Germany, 2015.  ,  , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Aleksandr Sokurov.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Alexander Sokurov returns to the world of museum filmmaking that brought him such critical acclaim with Russian Ark in 2002.  This time he looks at the Louvre as the central symbol of French cultural contribution to the arts, much of it focusing on World War II and the compromises of the country divided by a Nazi government and the collaborationist Vichy regime.  Beautifully rendered file footage is artfully combined with Bruno Delbonnel’s stunning aerial shots of the museum and the city beyond for something that is thoughtful and intelligent, though rarely provocative or unforgettable.  Sokurov could be a lot more eccentric in his collage work, or more conventional in the narrative scenes that involve fictional recreations of real personalities.  The middle ground that the film resides in makes for pleasant but unremarkable viewing.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2015

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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