French and Francophone Film Festival

October 30 '2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Métamorphoses  (102 min. Monument Releasing)

Arthouse favorite Christophe Honoré takes a surprising and invigorating turn away from his bittersweet tales of modern-day love with this contemporary adaption of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Honore's take on the Roman poet's essential narrative poem is anything but a stuffy tribute beholden to a classic work of literature: on the contrary, he uses Ovid to portray the multicultural France of today, setting his story not only in lush natural landscapes but among the housing blocks of the French suburbs, and casting a high school student of North African descent in the central role of Europa , the young woman who encounters a series of gods and mythological characters. Naturally, Ovid's work is not adaptable in its entirety-it features over 250 myths-but Honoré is true to its spirit, selecting representative tales including those of Orpheus, Narcissus, and Tiresias, played here as a transgender doctor. He also makes a virtue out of working with a low budget, implicitly underlining the wonder in everyday life by avoiding special effects and finding simple means to portray transformations and deities. The outcome is a light, lyrical film, whose unforced sensuality and formal rigor is reminiscent of nothing less than Pasolini's great literary adaptations.