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Directed by Julie Delpy

2011, in French with English subtitles


113 minutes




Le Skylab

Invoking her 11-year-old self as the precocious Albertine, Julie Delpy sets this film in July 1979, as news reports predict that the 850-ton space station Skylab will soon crash to earth in France. That provides the subplot for the summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, where a boisterous extended family (parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives) are gathered to celebrate the birthday of Granny Amandine (Emmanuelle Riva from Amour). Drama and dysfunction unfold among the assortment of relatives played by Delpy, Eric Elmosnino (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), Bernadette Lafont, et al.  

Generous support for Five Funny French Films is provided by L'Alliance Française; The French Embassy/French Cultural Services; the Consulate General of France in Houston; Texan-French Alliance for the Arts; and Nina and Michael Zilkha.