Grey skies in Saint Germain. It has rained and rained. It has rained so much there has been coverage on the news and items on the radio expressly suggesting activities for this terrible weather.
And so we, like almost the whole of Paris, have been to the cinema. We went to see Le Brio with Daniel Auteuil (one of my favourite actors), a French version of Whiplash but this time about becoming a lawyer. The salle was full, just two seats left on the second row and a bit of argy bargy as the late comers squelched in. The film was not bad – i picked up a few tips I could have done with early in my career. It should come to London
And then we went to see 3 Billboards. Contrary to popular opinion, the French like to queue. Once you have your ticket you go back outside to wait for the signal to go in. In the rain, particularly when you have forgotten an umbrella, this is no fun. Other prople’s umbrellas are lethal. They tilt, they spike and they drip.
What to say about 3 Billboards (panneaux in French)? It was interesting. Frances McDormand is steely. But I felt the real issue of what had happened to her daughter was not given enough weight. A lot of the film involved boys beating each other up.
it was good to leave the cinema at 5.30 and wander along Boulevard Saint Germain in the twilight. The rain had stopped.