REVIEW: Miss at the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021

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Miss, screening at the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021, is a film from Portuguese-French director Ruben Alves about a young androgynous man’s fight to defeat the odds and become Miss France. Alex Dufresnoy (played by Alexandre Wetter) wants to become Miss France (his dream ever since he was a child) “to become someone” (pour devenir quelqu’un). He teams up with his former primary school friend, Elias played by Quentin Faure, who is now a boxing champion to help him train mentally for the task.

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Thibault de Montalembert gives his role as cross-dressing Lola, who takes Alex under his wing, his all. It’s quite a change from his scheming corporate role as Mathias Barneville in the hit series Call my agent. Stéfi Celma, who you will also recognise as talent and secretary, Sofia Leprince, from Call my Agent also stars in Miss as fellow Miss France contestant, Miss PACA.

 

Isabelle Nanty (of Amelie and Les Visiteurs) is wonderful in her role as Yolande, the head of house and mother figure to those who live in it. In that adult shared house live Alex, Lola, two enterprising drug growers and dealers, and two Indian ladies constantly at work sewing clothes.

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Alexandre Wetter has rightly been nominated for the most promising actor César for his role in Miss (alongside Benjamin Voisin and Léfebvre from other festival film Summer of 85).

 

A film about challenging ideas of femininity, questions of identity and what it takes to be accepted and respected in this world. Miss treats the subject with the perfect balance of humour and tenderness.

 

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5 CROISSANTS

 

Miss will screen at the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021.

 

Watch the Miss trailer

 

Watch the trailer for the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021:

 

A COVID-safe festival

The strictest COVID protocols will be respected in each city, including social distancing, sanitising and circulation of clean air, to ensure a safe cinema experience.

 

Festival dates

The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021 will screen in the following cities on the following dates:

 

ADELAIDE

23 March to 20 April

Encore: 21 to 22 April

 

BRISBANE

17 March to 13 April

Encore: 14 & 15 April

 

BYRON BAY

24 March to 14 April 2021

Encore: 15 & 16 April

 

CANBERRA

4 March to 31 March

Encore: 1 to 5 April

 

HOBART

11 March to 20 March 2021

 

MELBOURNE

3 March to 31 March

Encore: 1 to 5 April

 

PARRAMATTA

8 April to 11 April 2021

 

PERTH

10 March to 7 April

Encore: 8 to 11 April

 

SYDNEY

2 March to 31 March

Encore: 1 to 5 April

 

You can find the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021 program on the official website at:

https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/

 

If you’re looking for former AFFFF films that you can stream at home, these articles are for you:

7 French films from the AFFFF 2019 to watch for free at home

11 French movies from the 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival to watch on SBS on Demand

AFFFF 2020 films to stream

 

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