French Film Club

From October 2022 to February 2023, we are delighted to be partnering with Manchester Film Weekender (MFW) to bring a season of French Cinema to Altrincham.

This season is made of 10 exclusive recent French-language films, often rarely if ever previously screened in the UK.

 Each film will be introduced by a member of Alliance Française de Manchester (AFM), who will also conduct the post-screening discussion.

Screening will take place on a full-size cinema screen at Altrincham Little Theatre on Sundays afternoons. All films are in French with English subtitles. The programme is available below. 

AFM members are entitled to two free tickets per screening! You just need to fill in the booking form and remember to bring your AFM membership card to the box office on the day to collect your tickets.

Not yet a member? Get your membership here! 


Unless otherwise indicated, all Alliance Française de Manchester cultural events are open and accessible to everyone. They are public events and under 18s remain the responsiblity of their parent/guardian at all times. Certificate is given for all films with a UK certification. Those without a UK certification are listed NC.

Sunday 2 october, 3pm

Les choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait / Love Affair(s)
Directed by Emmanuel Mouret - 2021, 122 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"Daphne, three months pregnant, is on holiday in the French countryside with her boyfriend François. François has to leave in a hurry for Paris to cover for a sick colleague, leaving Daphne alone to welcome his cousin Maxime.

For four days while waiting for his return, Daphne and Maxime get to know each other and share very intimate stories that bring them closer."

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Sunday 16 october, 3pm

Edmond / Cyrano My Love
Directed by Alexis Michalik - 2018, 110 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"1987, Paris in the Belle Epoque. Edmond Rostand is a playwright of potential genius. Unfortunately, everything he has written until now has been a flop.

Thanks to his admirer Sarah Bernhardt, he is approached by the greatest actor of the day, Constant Coquelin, who absolutely insists on playing in his next play. The only problem: Edmond has not yet written it, and he has no idea what story he will tell. All he knows is the title: Cyrano de Bergerac."

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Sunday 30 october, 3pm

Les Invisibles / Invisibles
Directed by Louis-Julien Petit - 2018, 115 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"After a municipal decision, a shelter for homeless women, l’Envol, is about to close. With only three months to reintegrate the women they care for, the social workers do everything they can: pulling strings, bending the truth, and even outright lies… from now on everything goes!"

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Sunday 20 November, 3pm

Roubaix, une lumière / Oh Mercy! 
Directed by Arnaud Despleschin - 2019, 119 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burnt out cars, violent altercations... In the face of poverty, deception and distress, Daoud knows who is lying and who is telling the truth.

Fresh out of the police academy, Louis has recently joined Daoud’s crew. Young, awkward and easily misled, he constantly misunderstands those he encounters.

Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an elderly woman. The old woman’s neighbours – two young women, Claude and Marie – are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers… they terrify Louis. But Daoud never judges them. He speaks, he listens to them."

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Sunday 4 December, 3pm

Deux / Two of us 
Directed by Filippo Meneghetti (2018, 95 min., Cert. 12A)

"Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, have been secretly in love for decades. From everybody’s point of view, including Madeleine’s family, they are simply neighbours living on the top floor of their building, coming and going between their two apartments.

Until suddenly their relationship is turned upside down by an unexpected event, leading Madeleine’s daughter to slowly unveil the truth about them."

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Sunday 18 December, 3pm

Quai d'Orsay / The French Minister 
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier - 2013, 114 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"After graduating from ENA, the École nationale d’administration, Arthur Vlaminck lands a job as a speech writer in the Foreign Ministry.

Existing senior advisers do not welcome a talented newcomer who may become a competitor, but his abilities are recognised by the Minister and, most important, by Maupas, the career official heading the department."

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Sunday 8 January, 3pm

Petit paysan / Bloody Milk
Directed by Hubert Charuel - 2017, 90 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"Thirty-something Pierre is a dairy farmer. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister, and his parents, whose farm he has taken over. Just as the first indications of an epidemic are announced in France, Pierre discovers that one of his cows is infected. He refuses to accept the idea of losing his cows. They are all he has, and he will fight to the bitter end to save them."

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Sunday 29 January, 3pm

Médecin de nuit / The Night Doctor
Directed by Elie Wajeman - 2020, 88 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"Mikael is a doctor on call at night. It’s a vocation. Between visiting patients in slum areas, he cares for those whom no one else wants to see: the drug addicts, the homeless… he rubs shoulders with destitution.

Mikael's personal and professional life is a mess - he is torn between his wife and his mistress, and his pharmacist cousin is making him write false prescriptions for Subutex.

Overnight, he decides to get out of drug trafficking and rebuild his life. But there will be a heavy price to pay."

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Sunday 19 February, 3pm

Delphine et Carole, insoumuses / Delphine and Carole
Directed by Callisto McNulty - 2018, 70 min., recommended 15+ (UK NC)

"A portrait of 1970s feminism, the film retraces the encounter of actress Delphine Seyrig and director Carole Roussopoulos in 1974, their creative and disruptive use of video, their radical actions and incisive humour.

Archive material documents their fight for equality both on and off the screen, as well as behind the camera."

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Sunday 26 February, 3pm

Les hirondelles de Kaboul / The Swallows of Kabul
Directed by Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec - 2018, 81 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)

"Summer 1998 - Kabul is under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

The film is an adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller about life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. The beautifully drawn animation (many scenes would have been nearly impossible to shoot as live fiction or on location) is no children's cartoon, but a hard-hitting tale of repression, injustice and chilling brutality."

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