Kiss me, the must-see French romantic comedy is coming to San Francisco and Sacramento

The French director Océan will be present at the screenings for a Q&A.

Kiss Me (Embrasse-moi) will be screened on Saturday, June 16 in San Francisco at the Victoria Theatre as part of the LGBTQ Film Festival Frameline 42, then on June 17 for the Sacramento French Film Festival at the Crest Theatre. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director & star Océan.

The movie is part of the program, Young French Cinema, set up by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which brings contemporary French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network and American universities, accompanied in some cases by master classes and debates with the films' directors.

Serial-romantic Océanerosemarie has finally met the girl of her dreams, a photographer named Cécile. Unfortunately, no one around her will 1) believe her or 2) leave her alone long enough to make this relationship work. Fantine, the most recent in a long line of exes, repeatedly tries to throw a wrench in the budding romance and finds a willing ally in Océane’s mom, who complains that her daughter’s breakups are hard on her too. Meanwhile, the reserved Cécile can’t decide how to respond to her determined pursuer, who follows Cécile to an out-of-town workshop on modern dance and uncovers an embarrassing secret. Will these two wacky lovebirds ever find their happy ending?

As is true for the best romcoms, the outcome is never the most tremendous surprise, but getting there is half the fun. Kiss Me! is studded with laugh-out-loud moments, from a goofy closet case to a wedding speech gone wrong. As an added perk, this romantic ride gives us a glimpse of not-for-tourists Paris.

Last week, also as part of the program Young French Cinema, Hamé Bourokba et Ekoué Labitey presented their film Les derniers parisiens (Paris Prestige) at FIAF and at Silvana bar in New York, and at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus.

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