Coming of Age: A Film Series at The French Embassy in Washington DC

Coming of Age: A Film Series at The French Embassy in Washington DC

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the French film series “Coming of Age.” From the 1950s to today, the films in this series present various views of the tumultuous time that is adolescence.

The 400 Blows (Les 400 Coups)

Les 400 Coups

In the classic Truffaut film, Antoine Doinel is a misunderstood adolescent that cannot do anything right. His challenging home life and disciplinary issues at school lead to his repeated running away and eventually quitting school. He lands in a home for troubled youths where psychiatrists attempt to understand his behavior. Inspired by Truffaut’s own childhood, this film is recognized as one of the major components of the French New Wave.

The 400 Blows (Les 400 Coups)
by Francois Truffaut, 1959
January 24 – 7:00 PM

We Did It On A Song (Chante Ton Bac D’Abord)

Chante Ton Bac D’Abord

Filmed in the distressed seaside town of Boulogne-sur-mer, this hybrid docudrama/musical-comedy focuses on five high school students who sing their way through senior year. During this moving, yearlong tale, these teens express their hopes, dreams and hardships with original show-stopping songs written and performed by these unlikely heroes.

We Did It On A Song (Chante Ton Bac D’Abord)
by David Andre, 2013
February 7 – 7:00 PM

Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble)

Camille Redouble

Abandoned by her lifelong love for a younger woman on New Year’s Eve, 40 year-old struggling actress Camille awakens in a hospital bed as a 16 year-old girl again, and vows to save herself from the heartache that awaits her in the future. When Camille gets the chance to do it all over again, she decides to avoid Eric, and change her future. But before long she’s falling for Eric’s boyish charm all over again, an unexpected development that puts a serious wrinkle in her brilliant plan.

Camille Rewinds (Camille Redouble)

by Noemie Lvovsky, 2012
February 21 – 7:00 PM

La Maison Francaise
The Embassy of France
4101 Embassy Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20007

All films are in French with English subtitles

There is no entry fee although online advance registration is required
for these screenings.

For more information and to register, visit and
search for your preferred film title.

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Phil Tremo is the France Today Ambassador for Washington DC. Phil has been charmed by France ever since a school trip to the popular Festival d’Avignon. Over the years, he has explored many regions of l’Hexagone, including a recent vacation to Champagne to pick grapes during harvest season - Santé! Back at home in Washington, D.C., he enjoys a variety of French cultural events, including films, concerts, and language classes. He is excited to be representing France Today in the D.C. area.

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