CORK CINE CLUB presents Paris Memories [France]
After an idyllic evening full of red wine and a late-night motorcycle ride home, Mia (Virginie Efira) stops at a Parisian bistro to take shelter from a downpour. Her reprieve is shattered when a gunman opens fire. Three months later, with a frustratingly hazy memory of the attack, Mia finds herself numbed and unable to resume her life. Her friends and partner seek something from her that she can no longer give.
Determined to reconstruct the sequence of events and re-establish a sense of normalcy, Mia finds herself repeatedly returning to the bistro where the shooting happened. In the process, she forms bonds with fellow survivors.
Inspired by the experiences of the director’s brother, who was present at the Bataclan attack, Paris Memories investigates the notion of memory and identity in the aftermath of violence. Approached from the perspective of the survivors, the film is an empowering testament to the resilience of humanity and how both complicated and simple, the healing process can be.
93% Rotten Tomatoes
Devastating, yet ultimately rewarding, Paris Memories [Revoir Paris] offers an alternative to the usual socio-political consideration of a terrorist attack by drawing a humane, kaleidoscopic portrait of various survivors’ crisis responses. – Empire Magazine
Despite the tragedy, "Revoir Paris" is a hopeful film about the healing power of human connection and mutual comfort. It’s the kind of movie that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll. – RogerEbert.com
Winocour’s film is a poignant mediation on personal trauma and the importance of memory. But the film also serves as a tribute to Paris – to remembering that it is possible to love a place despite experiencing something terrible there. - Little White Lies
Illuminated by a masterful performance by French actress Virginie Efira, Paris Memories makes the unimaginable experience of surviving a violent attack beautifully real and painfully universal. – IndieWire
It’s powerful film-making, grounded by Efira’s enormous, often silent, central performance. – Times [UK]
It’s a modest film with a heart very much on its torn sleeve, given force and ballast by another fine dramatic turn from the hard-working Virginie Efira. - Variety
PARIS MEMORIES [REVOIR PARIS]
France, 2022 | Language: French | 1 h 43 min | Cert: 15A
Director: Alice Winocour
Cast: Virginie Efira, Benoit Magimel, Gregoire Colin
Foreign language films are subtitled
Cert: CLUB for over 18s
A short film may be shown before the feature
Online booking closes at 5 pm on the night of the film.
Cork Cine Club has been bringing the best of independent world cinema to Cork audiences since 2010. The current season of ten films runs from Thu 25 Jan - Thu 18 April. For more information see www.corkcineclub.com
General Admission: €8.50 (including booking fee)
Concession: €7.00 (including booking fee)
Seating for this event is UNRESERVED
Doors at 7:30 pm
Film starts at 8 pm
A limited number of tickets will be available to buy at the door.