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Ooo, la, la The French Film Festival starts in Dallas

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French Film Festival USA starts tonight at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Texas.

At 7:00 p.m., Mon. June 2, plays “Jappeloup” directed by Christian Duguay is the story of Pierre, a young man that leaves a promising legal career to pursue his passion of show jumping. He invests everything into a young horse called Jappeloup a temperamental, small, unpredictable horse. The story explores the building of trust as well as failures in realizing one’s limits. With the help of Nadia, Pierre’s wife and Raphaëlle, Jappeloup's groom, Pierre and Jappeloup are destined to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

At 9:30 p.m., Mon. June 2, plays “IT BOY (20 ans d'ecart)” directed by David Moreau plays. Alice is 38 year old beautiful, ambitious with an impeccable professional conscience that makes her neglect her private life. She has everything to become the next editor-in-chief of Rebelle magazine – everything except for her uptight image. When young and charming Balthazar, barely 20 years old, crosses Alice's path, her colleagues' attitude inexplicably changes. Realizing that the she holds the key to her promotion, Alice stages the comedy of an improbable idyll.

Tues., June 3, starting at 9:30 p.m. “Little Lion” (Comme un lion) directed by Samuel Collardey plays. At a 15 year old Senegalese boy, Mitri plays football and dreams of Barça and of Chelsea. When a recruiting agent picks him up out, Mitri believes his chance has come. But to get seen by the great European football clubs, one has to pay. His family chips in and puts itself into debt to help him. Once in Paris, everything collapses: Mitri finds himself abandoned, without a dime in his pocket, and unable to imagine dealing with the shame should he return to his village. A journey, which requires all his resourcefulness, begins but will he fulfill his football dream?

Wed., June 4, 7:00 p.m., “Tour de Force” (La grande boucle) directed by Laurent Tuel tells of the story of François. Obsessed by the Tour de France, François finds himself fired by his boss and dumped by his wife. He sets off on the Grande Boucle one day ahead of the professional cyclists. Initially he cycles alone, inspired by his defiance he is quickly joined by others. The obstacles are many, but the rumor of his feat spreads. The media goes wild and crowds cheer him on. The Tour's yellow jersey is in his sights but not everybody is happy and forces work to stop François.

Wed., June 4, 9:30 p.m., “Under The Rainbow” (A bout du conte) directed by Agnes Jaoui is the story of Laura who is waiting for Prince Charming at the age of 24. When Sandro appears at a party, exactly like her Prince would in her dreams, she thinks she's found the right one. But then again, when she meets Maxime, Laura starts to wonder if some Princes could be more charming than others? Sandro has problems of his own: his father, Pierre, just bumped into Madame Irma at his father's funeral and this reminded him of the date of his own death which Madame Irma had predicted ages ago. Now Pierre is unable to make any plans, not with his new partner Eleonore, nor with Sandro. Maxime has his own problems and so do Eleonore, Marianne, Jacqueline and many others. Will they end up living happily ever after?

Thurs. June 5, 7:00 p.m. “A Monkey On My Shoulder” (A coeur ouvert) directed by Marion Laine wraps up the French Film Festival. Married for then years, Mila and Javier have two passions: their love and their job as heart surgeons. But Mila unexpectedly becomes pregnant, and the perspective of a baby undermines the balance of their relationship. Javier's penchant for alcohol then becomes a genuine threat.

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