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A bit of gap before our next film, Our next film, Not Here To Be Loved, which will be on 13 December. It will be followed by our Christmas wine & cheese event.

Not Here To Be Loved is the first of this season’s CFS Extra films. We are currently working on the following season’s selections and would be interested to hear from any members who have an idea for a theme and three films that illustrate it. Contact us via the main email address (right) or come and talk to one of us on film night.

Remember that Cheltenham Film Society’s screenings are open only to members and their guests (two per member). Membership for this season is full. We are sorry for any disappointment, but we have to limit numbers to around 500 so that we stay within the legal capacity of the Bacon Theatre.

Not Here To Be Loved

notheretobelovedOur next film, on Tuesday 13 December at 7.45pm, is Not Here To Be Loved, first released in 2007. The first of this season’s CFS Extra films, which explore the theme of ‘A Chance Meeting’, it is a tender comedy of love and tango dancing. Directed by Stéphane Brizé, it stars Patrick Chesnais as Jean-Claude, an unhappy bailiff, and Anne Consigny as Françoise, a school counsellor. When Patrick has a heart problem, he is advised to take up exercise, and chooses to attend a tango class, where he meets Françoise, who is learning the dance so she can perform it at her forthcoming wedding. A delightful film with outstanding central performances.

The film is followed by our Christmas wine & cheese event, which is included in your membership.

Reactions to Son of Saul

Son of Saul received an appreciation score of 79.88 per cent and some very positive comments. They included:

  • “A journey through hell. Original and overwhelming.”
  • “Harrowing yet compelling. Horrendous what happened. Fantastic camera work.”
  • “Very moving, excellent cinematography.”
  • “Three words – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!”
  • “Intense and poignant.”
  • “Very interesting film, the different camera angle had huge impact.”
  • “Shockingly brutal but necessary”

In contrast, a few members found the film hard to follow and unrealistic.