School Life (R13) Spanish-Irish Production 2017
Wednesday 25 July, 6pm & 8pm
This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Housed in an 18th century estate, school life embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean? What will keep them young if they leave?
School Life is as charming, intimate and warm-hearted an observational documentary as you'd ever want to see. It leaves us with a great lesson: that education and dreams start at home, but are formed and fostered in school, a real life Hogwarts full of humour and warmth.
C’est La Vie (Le Sens De La Fete) (M)
Friday 27 July, 10.30am, 5.30pm & 8.15pm
Charming French comedy about a disgruntled caterer working his last wedding event. Max is just trying to get through night, but has to deal with a cast of offbeat characters and a girlfriend who's flirting with a young server. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo, the duo behind French hit The Intouchables (2010), are back with a fast-paced, highly original comedy set during the chaotic preparations of a chateau-set wedding. Written for and with the legendary Jean-Pierre Bacri, the character of Max guides the viewer through an ensemble film where even the smallest side character contributes to the rich narrative.
The high-speed succession of gags is perfectly timed with witty dialogues, convincing performances and a cleverly written story of solidarity and friendship. This entertaining feature is the guarantee of a highly enjoyable, buzzy and funny comedy experience.