The Bélier Family



Date: February 22, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Cost: $7/each

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Friday, February 22, 7:30 pm

LCCC Film Society presents
The Bélier Family (La Famille Bélier)

2015 (Not Rated) 105 min. France/subtitles
Director: Eric Lartigau
Cast: Louane Emera, François Damiens, Karin Viard

A captivating new star is born in “The Bélier Family,” Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heartfelt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula. She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Though her salt-of-the earth father has decided to run for mayor – spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother – Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It’s not long before her music teacher discovers her considerable talent; however, his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula’s independence. Building to a heart-soaring and emotional finale, “The Bélier Family” is a feel-great triumph. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation. She lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France’s most popular film of 2015.

“Original and in perfect pitch with its audiences, ‘The Bélier Family’ is a charmer.” – Louise Keller, URBAN CINEFILE

“The humour – there are quite a few good one-liners – and the warmth, the charm, the pathos, and the topic make it a pleasure.” – Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)

“…An affable crowd-pleaser.” – Peter Debruge, VARIETY