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French flavour to society's famed food and film night

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

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Kilmersdon's Reel People Film Society will be screening Las Acacias (12A), a poignant and slow burning road movie that unfolds over the 1,500km route from Paraguay to Buenos Aires, tomorrow at Kilmersdon Village Hall.

It is a minimalist road movie with a difference as very little happens and it's virtually wordless.

German de Silva stars as lonely truck driver Ruben who's asked by his boss to drive a friend from Asuncion in Paraguay across the border to Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Ruben is dismayed to find his passengers on the long, arduous trek are a mum (Hebe Duarte) and her baby (Nayra Calle Mamani).

At first, Ruben can barely disguise his despair but as the journey continues, the man and baby bond, kindling a tender romance between the trucker and the mum.

Relish the awards of this gentle compelling story.

A limited number of guest tickets are available for £5 and can be booked online www.reelpeople.org.uk or call our hotline 01761 418749.

There is coffee and tea available and the bar is open for wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks.

On Saturday, Reel People will host a charity film and food event featuring a screening of the French award winning comedy drama Untouchable.

Loosely based on a true story, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's crowd-pleasing comedy smashed box office records in France and charmed audiences around Europe.

Dubbed by some wags as Driving Monsieur Daisy, this feel-good confection centres on the culture clash between a wealthy white aristocrat and a street-smart Senegalese ex-con.

Untouchable boasts some uproarious interludes, including a badly behaved night at the opera, and Toledano and Nakache's film is anchored by a stellar performance from Omar Sy as the jailbird, who teaches his stuffy employer to loosen up by trading Vivaldi for Earth, Wind and Fire.

Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy aristocrat who suffers terrible injuries in a paragliding accident.

He roams his sprawling Parisian mansion in a wheelchair and requires constant care to accomplish everyday tasks.

In an opening montage, a series of eminently qualified carers apply for a position in Philippe's household but he is unmoved by their glib answers.

Uncouth ex-con Driss (Omar Sy), who has only applied for the job to get a signature on his benefits card, is a breath of fresh air.

He flirts outrageously with Philippe's prim secretary, Magalie (Audrey Fleurot), and dares to steal a Faberge egg from the hallway.

Attracted to Driss's complete lack of pity, Philippe hires the most unlikely candidate as his live-in carer.

The former jailbird takes up residence in an opulent guest room and quickly clashes with personal assistant Yvonne (Anne Le Ny).

"I bet you won't last two weeks," she predicts.

Against the odds, Driss forges a tender bond across the class divide, helping Philippe to teach his brattish daughter Elisa (Alba Gaia Kraghede Bellugi) some manners and to re-connect with the outside world.

Untouchable rests heavily on the shoulders of Cluzet and Sy, who share some lovely scenes.

An accompanying supper featured Barry's bread with a choice of cheeses followed by a delicious dessert.

The event is to raise funds to support the Kilmersdon Village Play Equipment Project.

Doors at Kilmersdon Village Hall will open at 6.25pm, with a meal served from 7.15pm, and screening at 8.30pm.

Tickets for this event cost £12 and are available online www.reelpeople.org.uk or call our hotline 01761 418749.

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