The Rose Maker



Date: September 16, 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Price: $7/each

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2020 (Not Rated) 95 min. France/subtitles
Director: Pierre Pinaud
Cast: Catherine Frot, Manel Foulgoc, Olivia Côte, Vincent Dedienne

Artisanal horticulturalist Eve Vernet honors her father’s legacy by continuing the family business, breeding and growing unique roses that compete in showcases all over France. But Eve’s approach struggles to compete with the mass market production from her corporate rivals. With the business facing imminent bankruptcy or liquidation, Eve’s trusted secretary, Vera, makes a last-ditch effort to turn things around by covertly hiring three new employees from a prison rehabilitation program. Fred, Samir, and Nadège are misunderstood outcasts with fresh ideas, strong work ethics, and absolutely no gardening skills. In a desperate attempt to save the business, the new team comes up with a perilous plan, and Eve unexpectedly discovers new parts of life that are worth nurturing in this colorful and touching comedy about growing new creations in mature soil. What is life without beauty?

“A film that wears its emotions lightly but generously like dew on a blush-colored petal.” – Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST

“It’s a relaxed film, one that allows the audience to sit back and, if not smell the roses, then at least appreciate them.” – Teo Bugbee, NEW YORK TIMES

“A slender but engaging tale about competition, cooperation and creativity. And while we’re on the C’s, no small amount of craftiness.” – Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES