Join us for a day of informal learning, for French GCSE students.
Wed 29 Nov 2023 – 10:00-13:00
Tue 06 Feb – 10:00-13:00
This study morning aims to offer GCSE students the opportunity to see a film in French and discuss its plot and characters. Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film Le Havre in English and occasionally in French, providing relevant background information and vocabulary on the main themes of the film (family, migration). The screening will be followed by language exercises in French to practise structures and vocabulary that are useful for describing the main characters and the film’s settings. Students will also be encouraged to comment on the film’s style and express critical opinions.
Le Havre (PG)
Dir Aki Kaurismäki/ 2011/ 93 mins
Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish master of deadpan, relocates to the French industrial port of Le Havre for this comedy drama. Playful yet tender, the film recounts the story of Marcel, a down-at-heel husband with an ad hoc shoeshine business and an ailing wife. Marcel risks all to rally his friends and neighbours to unite and help to protect a young African immigrant struggling to find his mother.