Life is a very strange thing - Cinema Screenings

A new Australian documentary about France

Life is a very strange thing is a quirky portrait of life in France today

The filmmakers first met Frédéric in Papua New Guinea recording traditional music in remote villages. 40 years later in France he’s a retired multinational executive, divorced, with an ancient companion dog, a feast of stories and a zest for life.

We discover his remarkable family: the grandfather - a colonial Governor in Indochina, his father Charles Duvelle whose pioneering African recordings helped kick-start World Music, niece Elvire who is an activist with FEMEN, and daughter Marion who narrowly escaped a terrorist attack in Paris.

Frédéric is curious, witty, and a compulsive collector.  Random encounters in Paris and Bordeaux, and over lunch with neighbours build an intriguing, funny and cinematic portrait by an outsider - with questions of what it is to be French in the 21st century'.

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