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Movies explore intercultural relations

SX 13Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU — Alliance Française de Maseru hosts Cinema Nights every Thursday as a means of spreading appreciation of French culture in Lesotho.

The organisation shows French movies on a big screen outside Ouh la la coffee shop.

The aim is to familiarise and teach people about different behaviours and norms that people from France show to the rest of the world.

The films are not only about teaching Basotho a foreign culture but the civilisation behind it as well.

Alliance Française de Maseru has always endeavoured to make French culture more visible and accessible to other nations, creating a space of interaction between these foreign communities.

Last Thursday they showed a Franco-German romantic comedy-drama 2 Days in Paris, a film written, produced and directed by Julie Delpy who also plays the leading female character.

In the movie, Delpy plays a French-born photographer living in New York with her irrational, heavily tattooed American interior designer boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg).

After a markedly unromantic trip to Venice that was meant to re-ignite the spark in their relationship, the couple takes a train to Paris.

They are going to collect Marion’s cat from her folks where they decide to stay for two days.

Jack becomes startled when he learns that his girlfriend has remained in contact with her ex-lovers which makes him extremely insecure due to the language barrier.

Meanwhile, Marion wrestles with her own insecurities about relationships and her behaviour.

Speaking from the audience Thuso Letsoela (French student) said that through the film he was able to learn the challenges of sustaining a relationship with someone from a different world.

“I realised that Jack is struggling to understand the conversations between Marion and her ex-lovers due to the inability to understand the language.

“Besides that, they are both from different backgrounds which makes it difficult to understand each other’s characters.

“I learnt a lot about French culture through these movies as I often come here and today I learned that it is important to know about your partner’s character before forming a strong bond,” he told XpressPeople.


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