Wednesday, 11 January 2017


This is a lovely, gentle French film about a country doctor who thinks he's indispensable - made by a director who used to be a doctor himself so it feels very authentic. (How come I go to all these French films and still my French doesn't improve?) The cinema was almost full which maybe shows that French audiences are more discerning, because I can't imagine a film about a rural NHS practice drawing a full house of young and old and people leaving at the end chatting about how much they enjoyed it. (I suppose there was that clunky TV series with Martin Clunes; but I can't stand Martin Clunes.) The actress who plays the inexperienced locum came on at the end for Q&A. She mentioned how much she'd enjoyed Manchester by the Sea. Now that the weight of depression has lifted, I'm glad I saw it ... But who needs feel-bad in January? I enjoyed this gentle film far more. There's a trailer here. This book was mentioned during the discussion afterwards.

6 comments:

christine_a said...

Where did you see this? Is there some secret venue that keeps showing French language films ?

Mary said...

Not a secret venue - it's Ciné Lumière. It's on until the end of the month.

christine_a said...

Thanks a lot - just found it

Mary said...

IT's a nice cinema, Christine - and good place for lunch, too.

Veronica Cooke said...

Now, that sounds more like it! I doubt it will ever reach Bedford but there's always the DVD or even Netflix...

Thanks, Mary!

Mary said...


In a cinema five minutes from the V&A, Veronica - don't say I don't encourage you!