My friend Victoria

My friend Victoria

DVD - 2018 | French
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The wealthy, white, well-intentioned, family of one of her schoolmates takes in an eight-year-old black child, named Victoria, for a night. The experience haunts her for years to come, shaping her desires and offering a mirage of privilege that she dreams of but finds impossible to attain. As an adult, she drifts from job to job, but then unexpectedly reconnects with the family's youngest son in an encounter that will reshape her life yet again.
Publisher: New York, NY : Zeitgeist Films, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9786317242517
6317242518
Branch Call Number: DVD FRENCH MY 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical
DVD,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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jimg2000
May 14, 2018

Some of the English subtitles did not sound right ... but that's the problem in translations, be it French or Chinese films:

Opening intro
I’d like to tell you about Victoria. Her story could have been different… ended in another way… and made my friend happier. I often think I could have changed things. But can I be sure of that?
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“Go, Victoria, do what you have to do. Make the most of your youth. Because, after, you’ll meet a man and it’ll be over.”
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At the same time, everything seemed a little fake, … I remember it well. The apartment was less impressive, the light less warm… The carpets were worn. It seemed odd wealthy people hadn’t changed them.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2018

I spend my life waiting for you.
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Sometimes she thought of the men she’d known. There had been a few one-night stands. Then Thomas, who was different but never really counted for her. She often thought of Edouard, who had left his mark on her, but that was something else, strong emotions from her childhood. Now there was Sam and she loved him deeply. With him, life seemed more real, more concrete. Yes, even if she was always waiting for him, even if everyday life was hard, Sam was well and truly the man of her life. For better and for worse, as they say.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2018

So why didn’t you send us to a better school?
-That’s what I wanted but… Don’t start. Your school did you a lot of good.
Pupils there actually fought with knives last week.
-It didn’t happen back then.
But you could have wanted better teaching.
-You’d have missed something and you met people you’d never have frequented.
You were being politically correct.
-Know what you’d be otherwise? A little self-centered, ridiculous Parisian intellectual. That’s all.
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I’ve written what I know about this story. Victoria said she doesn’t want to read it. She couldn’t return to those years that seemed like a confused dream. What would become of her now? Could I help her more than in the past? I know she won’t let herself go. She’ll keep trying in her way to find a place somewhere. Yes, that’s how she is, Victoria, my friend.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2018

Low key but packed full of poignant social "what if's" on growing up as a minority, female, from poor broken family, teen mother, childhood dreams and longing for a better future.

Here are some soundbites from the pros (Search the words to their sources):
-A short story by the late Doris Lessing is adapted by French auteur Jean-Paul Civeyrac.
-My Friend Victoria' Is a Subtle, Well-Observed Critique on Class, Identity, Race in France.
-A rich and multi-dimensional portrait of a woman who both struggles with and is attracted by assimilation into a world different from her own.
-A young black orphan, Victoria longs for a life of privilege after she spends the night with a white, affluent family.
-As drifting and dreamy as its searching heroine, "My Friend Victoria" takes a graceful but unsatisfying stroll through the life and longings of a young black woman in contemporary Paris.

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