20 November 2014
Films screening at this event
Friends From France
Canada, France, Germany, Russian Federation
Duration 100 min
Cineworld Didsbury Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre
Manchester M20 5PG
0871 200 2000
A hit at the Toronto International Film Festival. Set in the USSR in 1979, Friends From France follows a young engaged couple on a holiday to Odessa. Or at least that’s their cover story. They are Jewish cousins, on a secret mission to help ‘refuseniks’, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country.
Together Carole and Jerome explore the dangerous world of Breshnev’s Russia, where it’s dangerous to trust anyone.
More than a glimpse into a troubling and overlooked place and time, Friends from France also develops into a love story that takes a detour into unexpected territory.