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Francofonia (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Francofonia may test the patience of the uninitiated, but viewers willing to delve into a beautifully filmed look at the intersection of art and war will be richly rewarded.

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A tour of the Louvre serves as a meditation on art. The film also explores how the museum avoided being plundered during the Nazi occupation of France, and depicts the ghost of Napoleon wandering among the exhibits. Directed by Alexander Sokurov.

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Cast

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
as Jacques Jaujard
Benjamin Utzerath
as Franz Wolff-Metternich
Vincent Nemeth
as Napoléon Bonaparte
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In praise of art, but also a reminder that we need to treasure what we have.

November 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is graceful and provocative filmmaking. It works both as art history and as an account of wartime Paris under German occupation.

November 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

By turns baffling, disturbing, moving and provocative, Alexander Sokurov's dreamy documentary stimulates the heart and head, just as it tests the limits of descriptive analysis.

November 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In the end, the film suffers from cultural overload.

October 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.

June 17, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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