Arts Calendar

Oct 14

International Film Forum: LE RETOUR DU HÉROS

From site: International Film Forum

Part of the Tournées Festival of French Films on campus this fall.

Monday, October 14th, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm / Weitz Cinema
IFF presents Le retour de heros on Monday, October 14 at 7pm in Weitz Cinema

Le retour du héros [Return of the Hero] (Laurent Tirard, 2018, France/Belgium, 90 min.)


Burgundy, 1809. Only moments after the dashing Captain Neuville has asked for the hand of aristocratic young Pauline Beaugrand, he is summoned to join Napoleon’s troops in Austria. The captain rides off, promising to write, but the months pass without any news. Finally, Pauline’s older sister Elisabeth composes a forged letter in Neuville’s name, hoping to cheer her lovelorn sister, without considering that she will reply—and expect an answer. Elisabeth is soon pulled into a web of deceit, inventing ever more outlandish stories to explain Neuville’s extended absence. Her fake letters about his swashbuckling adventures become the talk of the town. Finally, she writes a letter suggesting that Neuville has died a hero’s death, freeing Pauline to move on. Life goes back to normal… until Neuville reappears, as a deserter and drunk who has every intention of benefitting from the hero’s reputation Elisabeth has unwittingly built for him. The ensuing face-off between Elisabeth and Neuville showcases the comedic talents of two of France’s biggest stars, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin and César winner Mélanie Laurent, in a hilarious confrontation over gender roles, honesty, and good storytelling. Seasoned with a timely streak of feminism, this zesty period piece is one of the most intelligent entertainments in recent French cinema.




RETURN OF THE HERO Trailer from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

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