Fun, fear, frivolity, a fling and a foetus: the winning French films are revealed

The ceremony for the French film awards, known as the Césars, has just been held, and Les garçons et Guillaume à table picked up five awards, including best film and the best actor award for Guillaume Gallienne. Here is the trailer with English subtitles. Gallienne plays the role of Guillaume and also his mother. He originally did the piece as a play, for which he won many awards too.

The French title would be translated as “The boys and William at the table” but the film has been given the English title of “Me, myself and mum”.

Another fun-looking film is 9 mois ferme, for which Sandrine Kiberlain won the best actress award. I couldn’t find a trailer with English subtitles, but you don’t really need an English translation to know what it’s all about: she is a busy judge aged 40 and single who has a one-night stand …. well, actually it’s a five-minute stand near the garbage bins after an office party … and gets pregnant. She then has to find out who the father is and, quelle horreur! – he turns out to be a thuggish petty criminal!

Incidentally, “ferme” does not mean “pregnant” in French, it means “firm” as in strict, but in a legal sense it indicates a jail sentence without remission. In other words, in this film the main character (a judge) has to endure the full nine months (of punishment). The English title that this film has been given is 9 Month Stretch. Which is not exactly alluring.

Some of the limelight at the ceremony in Paris was deflected from the podium to a member of the audience – actress Julie Gayet made her first public appearance since the allegations that she and French President François Hollande were having an affair. She was  nominated as best supporting actress for her role in Bertrand Tavernier’s political farce Quai d’OrsayHowever, that award went to Adèle Haenel.

Here are the major winners, in French of course 🙂

  • Meilleur film: Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!, de Guillaume Gallienne
  • Meilleur réalisateur: Roman Polanski, pour La Vénus à la fourrure
  • Meilleure actrice: Sandrine Kiberlain, dans 9 mois ferme
  • Meilleur acteur: Guillaume Gallienne, dans Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
  • Meilleure actrice dans un second rôle: Adèle Haenel, dans Suzanne
  • Meilleur acteur dans un second rôle: Niels Arestrup, dans Quai d’Orsay
  • Meilleur espoir féminin: Adèle Exarchopoulos, La Vie d’Adèle chapitres 1 et 2
  • Meilleur espoir masculin: Pierre Deladonchamps, dans L’Inconnu du lac
  • Meilleur film étranger: Alabama Monroe, de Félix Van Groeningen

Many of the above-mentioned films, including Les garçons et Guillaume à table, will be shown at the French film festival taking place around Australia this month. More details of the festival can be found on this post here.

Here is another version of the trailer to Les garçons et Guillaume à table, with some slightly different scenes.