The Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, in association with the Hyderabad Film Club and the French Embassy in India, is screening a French film, 7 Years, on 14th December, at the Sarathi Studios, Ameerpet. Directed by Jean-Pascal Hattu, the film has Valerie Donzelli, Bruno Todeschini, Cyril Troley, Pablo de la Torre and Nadia Kaci playing some of the main characters.
A devoted young woman becomes ensnared in a web of sexuality and betrayal in Jean-Pascal Hattu's consistently unpredictable and finely wrought character study. A vividly realistic psychosexual drama, the film's sharp emotional honesty heralds a distinct new voice from a promising young director.
7 Years opens with Maite ironing clothes. Hattu soon reveals that Maite's husband Vincent is in prison for an unspecified crime, and that she has promised to wait for him and attend to his laundry (if not his conjugal needs) during his incarceration.
On one of her weekly visits, Maite meets Jean, an oddly inquisitive and boldly flirtatious prison warden, and soon the two commence a joyless affair. Seemingly smitten with Maite, Jean, in a gesture of kindness to his lover, eases up on her husband behind the bars. The two become pals and even engage in some homoerotic shower talk.
The men's particularly unusual Stockholm Syndrome relationship is further complicated when Maite begins to question Jean's motives: Is he really in love with her, or is Vincent playing some sort of behind-bars game by goading his warden to make the moves on his gullible wife?
Entry is free. Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 or Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.