LE CHAPITRE DE PHILADELPHIE

DE L’ASSOCIATION AMÉRICAINE DE PROFESSEURS DE FRANÇAIS

ET LE BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE

ont présenté LA SOIRÉE-CINÉ LE 6 JANVIER DERNIER.

Our sixth annual Soirée ciné, on January 6 at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, brought together a packed room of Francophile cinéphiles.  This year’s selection, Un sac de billes, the 2018 film by Christian Duguay, recounts the true story of Maurice and Joseph Joffo, two young brothers who, during the German Occupation of France, were forced to separate from their parents and survive on the run. This film adaptation which closely follows Joseph Joffo’s 1973 autobiographical retelling (Un sac de billes, Editions Jean-Claude Lattès) touched deeply all in attendance. As preparation for the Q and A after the film, we asked everyone to consider the following themes that permeate the film:

 How objects and passions are passed on through the generations

 How families can be formed among strangers during times of profound distress

 The importance of persistence in one’s life journey

 The role that luck plays in determining survival

 

 And how did those in attendance react to Un sac de billes?  Here are a few examples:

“ I enjoyed the film very much but especially since it was based on a true story and filled with perseverance and hope.”

“ I enjoyed Un sac de billes... I know I’m not the only one to cry at certain moments, so that too is a sign of a successful film.  Since the Holocaust is now taught in PA schools, the film should be a great addition to many programs. And I’m glad to have a January pick-me-up scheduled by the AATF every year, so thanks for programming the films.

“The poignancy and pathos of the story telling of Un sac de billes moved me personally. It pushed me to envision my own mother and grandparents, like Maurice and Joseph, being forced to flee and overcome life-threatening crises on the run for the same reason in the very same year.”

 

Be sure to check out the beautifully written and articulate dossier pédagogique in the French Review 

 

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