Friday Finds 2

  1. When I’m at the musée d’Orsay to see the exhibit on the Second Empire, I will also check out Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870). The Youth of Impressionism. Bazille died at the age of just 28 as a soldier in the Franco-Prussian War. A friend of Monet, the sixty paintings in the exhibit show a young talent that had the potential to equal the other Impressionists. The exhibit shows Bazille’s work alongside his contemporaries, highlighting his unique talent. It’s on now through March 5, 2017.
  2.  24 Jours (24 Days) – This isn’t a cheery movie, but it is a compelling true story. I remember following the drama on the French news as it was unfolding in 2006. Ilan Halimi was abducted by a rough gang and held for ransom for twenty-four days. He was targeted because he was Jewish, and the thugs believed that “they” were all rich and stuck together, so the kidnappers would be able to raise a large amount of money very quickly. I won’t tell you how it concludes, but when country after country seems to be turning inward instead of welcoming those who represent the “other,” I think it’s an important film to watch. I saw it on Netflix, but it’s also available on Amazon.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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