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‘Housewarming’ at AF

French director Brigitte Roüan musical comedy 'Travaux, on sait quand ça commence' (Housewarming) will be screened at 3.00 pm no Tuesday October 28 and 6.30 pm on Wednesday October 29 at Alliance Francaise, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

Chantal is a successful lawyer who is actively engaged in championing the rights of the less fortunate, in particular immigrants, at the cost of her personal life. After separating from her husband, she lives alone with her two teenage children and is in no hurry to settle down with another man. This is unfortunate because one man, Franckie, one of her former clients, is infatuated with her. In an attempt to drive Franckie away, and also to do some social good, Chantal hires an Argentinean architect and a band of immigrant builders to make some drastic changes to her apartment. It's not long before Chantal realises she has made a terrible, terrible mistake…

Fourth full-length film of Brigitte Roüan, the film is one of those bewildering French auteur pieces that practically defies categorisation, and therein lies much of its appeal. Part social drama, part song and dance musical, part farce, part fantasy, it's a film that breaks all the rules and which you know can't possibly work - yet, remarkably, it does.

More significantly, it dares to broach some of the most pressing social issues in France today (immigration and racial integration), and does so with seriousness and genuine feeling.

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