Irresistibly funny and gorgeously poignant, César Award-winning The Bélier Family is an exploration of family and emancipation.
In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula (award-winning newcomer Louane Emera). She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Though her salt-of-the-earth father (François Damiens) has decided to run for mayor – spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother (Karin Viard) – Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It’s not long before her music teacher (Éric Elmosnino) discovers her considerable talent. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, an elite choir in Paris, but her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in the outside world, take the news badly. Paula, who hates the idea of betraying her parents and her brother, goes through a painful dilemma.
“The Bélier Family, directed by Éric Lartigau (The Big Picture) earns every tear and chortle with its mix of sensitivity and rude exuberance.” SBS Movies
Don’t miss The Bélier Family, Wednesday 28 December at 8.30pm.