Online Ciné-Club: Perdrix ("The Bare Necessity")

Online Ciné-Club: Perdrix ("The Bare Necessity")

Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.
This event is a free discussion. See below for how to rent the film ($8)
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed the morning of the event

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This week we'll be looking at the first of the three films in our premieres series with Kino Lorber. We're starting things off with a quirky fish-out-of-water story involving a nudist colony, a robbery, and an unlikely detective. This week's film is:


Perdrix / "The Bare Necessity" (2019)

An Alliance Française exclusive with Kino Lorber - watch here

Dir. Erwan Le Duc, 2019, 100 min
With Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant

In Erwan Le Duc’s debut feature film, he imagines the idyllic woods of the Vosges Mountains as home to revolutionary nudists, obsessive earthworm scientists, reenactors staging pyrotechnic facsimiles of World War II battles, and a host of other eccentrics. Police officer Captain Pierre Perdrix is the oddity, a regular guy whose buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette turns up after being robbed by a militant nudist. Perdix takes up the case and thus begins a fantastic odyssey, encountering a motley crew of characters, including the great Fanny Ardant as Perdrix’s quirky mother.

Perdrix has been presented at the 2019 Festival de Cannes as well as the 2019 Hamburg Film Festival.

"A pair of winning central performances and a heartfelt, drolly funny script elevate a breezily comic love story set in a small French town." — Variety

Let's talk about it!





Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.