Fri 6, Wed 11 March 8.30pmâ¨
Sat 7 March 4pmâ¨
Sun 8 March 8pmâ¨
Tues 10, Thur 12 March 6pm
Dir. Jean Becker, France, 2008, 110 mins, subtitled.â¨Cast. Daniel Auteil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Alexia Barlier.
This finely observed film depicts a poignant friendship between two men from different walks of life. When a respected Parisian painter on the brink of divorce (Auteuil) returns to his childhood home and places an advert for a gardener to tame the vegetable plot, he realises that the retired railway worker is a former schoolmate. As the garden is nurtured and the painter struggles with his relationships and his work, a warm friendship flourishes between the two as they try to understand each other's passions and attitudes to life. Ultimately however, it is the painter who has the most to learn. Becker perfectly captures the intimacy of the tale, yet avoids sentimentality. The film positively glows with life, even as it paints a tender portrait of men coping, in different ways, with the process of growing old.
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