Watch La Famille Belier at l’Alliance Francaise

Grab some tissues and head to l’Alliance Francaise on April 1 to catch a screening of La Famille Belier. The feel good film was quite a hit in France in 2014, but it didn’t really come out in the United States 😩 I got to watch during my Air France flight back to Washington, DC last August and while the film is technically a comedy I found myself practically bawling in my crammed middle seat during the final scenes. Here’s the trailer with English subtitles:

La Famille Belier is a coming of age tale about Paula, a musically gifted teenager who has to come to terms with allowing her voice to be heard. The reason it’s so difficult for her is that both her parents and brother are deaf. Finding her voice and letting go is particularly difficult for Paula who knows her parents are dependent on her to speak and hear on their behalf in their every day life. But it’s also difficult for her parents and I challenge you to keep your eyes dry by the time Paula, played delicately by Louane Emera, sings about flying away. That’s when you’ll need your tissues…. And speaking of Louane and tissues, I also challenge you not to be moved by her sweet blind audition from season 2 of The Voice (yep, France has it own version of singing competition too!) 

You can catch La Famille Belier, in French with English subtitles at l’Alliance Francaise on April 1.

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