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Review - In Safe Hands

Review - In Safe Hands

The movie tells the story of Theo, a baby who was given up at birth. We follow Theo's life as he's put into the foster care system and they search for him to be adopted, as well as that of a potential adopted parent in single woman Alice (Elodie Bouchez). Theo is looked after by father Jean (Gilles Lelouche) and case worker Karine (Sandriner Kiberlain) as they realize there may be something wrong [...]

Review - Memoir of War

Review - Memoir of War

This movie is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical 1985 novel La Douleur. It looks at Duras (Melanie Thierry) as she searches desperately for information on her husband after he was arrested by the Nazis in 1944. This includes befriending the officer that arrested him.
This is a heavy and uncompromising depiction of a certain grief.[...]

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Lola (Ludivine Sagnier) is the younger sister of Benoit (Jean-Paul Rouve, who also directed) and Pierre (Jose Garcia). Despite her young age, she acts as the mother to the orphaned trio due to their differing levels of immaturity. This movie follows roughly a year of their lives, with Lola getting into a relationship with a man whose divorce she handled [...]

Review - An Impossible Love

Review - An Impossible Love

Rachel (Virginie Efira) meets and falls in love with Philippe (Niels Schneider). Their passionate tryst results in the birth of a girl, Chantal. However, after becoming pregnant, Philippe shows less and less interested in Rachel. Over the course of the next 40 years, we see Rachel coping with the maturation of her daughter and the random moments Philippe chooses [...]

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

Amazing French Words We Use Every Day

French is an absolutely beautiful language. It has been able to captivate people since centuries mainly because of its structure and the influence it has over multiple languages especially English. A staggering fact tells us that nearly 29% of words in English are from the French language which is also one of the highest spoken […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tours in France

Modern, green, trendy, cultural and historical – you can never get bored in Tours. Born and raised in Tours, I could easily lose all sense of objectivity when it comes to describing my hometown. However, a quick glance into what the many wonders the city has to offer will prove me right: Tours is an […]

5 Great Things about French Culture

5 Great Things about French Culture

There are literally hundreds of movies that depict France as somewhat mystical. It’s a combination of artistry, enigma and culture and it lives on every street of the amazing country. Unlike other cultures, the French culture is somewhat more diverse and is present in everything of the country. Starting from the food & music to […]

5 Reasons to Visit France

5 Reasons to Visit France

10 Good Reasons to learn French

10 Good Reasons to learn French

France is the land of wine, fine dining and love. The country is rich in culture and history with millions visiting the country every year. The language, French, is among one of the most popular languages in the world and today, let’s discuss why we should learn it: Global language It is a language that […]

Ten Interesting Facts about France

Ten Interesting Facts about France

From the world’s most popular tourist destination to the Europe’s Highest mountains. Here are ten staggering facts about France: France is the world’s most popular tourist destination. Statistics indicate that nearly $82.6 million tourists visited the country in 2016. France is a leader in food preservation as it was the first country that actually banned […]

Dining in Paris with a Twist

Dining in Paris with a Twist

After all those visits to quirky shopping locations HERE or unusual cultural outings HERE, you will certainly want to take a well deserved break. It is often difficult to choose from the huge variety of restaurants and cafés in Paris. And because you don’t want to end up in the same bistrot or brasserie as everyone else, we […]

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Quirky Cultural Outings in Paris

Enter your text here… We continue our series of ‘Quirky Things to Do in Paris’. The first one was about shopping, since that’s what many visitors love doing in the capital of fashion. If you haven’t read it yet, click HERE. If you are a culture buff then this one is for you… From museums […]

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Quirky Shopping Experience in Paris

Of course, everyone visiting Paris expects to see the Tour Eiffel, Montmartre, Notre Dame… However, Paris has so much more to offer. Today, we start a series of 3 blog posts helping you to discover quirky and hidden places in the French capital. First up on the list – shopping, bien sûr! The fashionable capital is home […]

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

an exhibition by artist Gana Roberts 6 April – 3 May 2017 Bon Voyage is an enquiry into the interaction of contingency and freewill in the shaping of identity. The video presentation reflects on a self’s tumbling journey in a world devoid of stable reference. This enquiry segues into a more collective mode, and looks […]

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2017 at AFCork

We are proud to take part again this year in the 14th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival. With a motto Investigate – Participate – Celebrate, the Festival promotes and celebrates learning of all kinds across all age groups, abilities and interests. Events at Alliance Française de Cork (admission free, all welcome): Monday 3 April 2017 @1.30 […]

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

10 Expressions You’ll Hear In Paris

Ah, Paris…The city of lights, love and art… We all know it as a wonderful destination for a romantic city break… …but what about Parisians themselves? The city dwellers don’t exactly have a reputation for being the friendliest or most welcoming of people. However, what if you could use some typical Parisian expressions to win […]

28th Cork French Film Festival

28th Cork French Film Festival

Under the patronage of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland 28th Cork French Film Festival brings you a sensational programme with a strong emphasis on contemporary French Cinema, dynamic directing, a wealth of new releases, and a host of up and coming new names from France. Cork French Film Festival is especially honoured […]

Call For Volunteers  – 28th Cork French Film Festival

Call For Volunteers – 28th Cork French Film Festival

If you are interested in cinema and have some free time, join 28th Cork French Film Festival volunteer team! 5th  – 12th March 2017 Positions include but are not limited to:Technical support, festival film production team, marketing, social media support, welcoming, ushering, and others. Volunteers attend film screenings for free. Download  CFFF17 Volunteer Application Form HERE and CFFF17 […]

Open Evening

Open Evening

If you are interested in joining a French or Irish course, but have some questions to ask first, we are hosting an Open Evening before Spring term starts, so as to meet you and answer your questions. Come & see our premisses (classrooms, Galerie, médiathèque). 7pm join a FREE 30min French class with our senior […]

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Christmas Markets in Brussels (25/11-1/01)

Time flies… it’s already December and 2016 is almost over… Even though we cannot say that this year has been the happiest one for French and Belgian people, today we invite you to travel to the heart of Europe for Christmas. On paper, Brussels can be kind of bland – for a lot of people, […]

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

What’s a Beaujolais Nouveau?

Did you know that the third Thursday of November is the official day for the release of the newest wine on the market, Beaujolais Nouveau? As stipulated in the French law, Beaujolais Nouveau will be released onto the market at the stroke of midnight – precisely 12:01 am. Each autumn this release is followed by […]

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

7 Best French TV Programmes For Learning French

Well, I know, it isn’t always easy to learn a foreign language… that learning process sometimes can seem a bit too tedious… But there’s a way to improve your language skills that’ll entertain you and be useful in equal measures – watch some TV series… This way, while following a compelling story and having some […]

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

Un géant du cinéma français nous a quitté

The great Pierre Étaix, a giant of French cinema, has sadly passed away on Friday 14th October 2016. Étaix, clown, magician, screenwriter, actor-director, was one of the kings of French Comic Cinema, having worked in the course of his outstanding career with greats like Jacques Tati and Jean-Claude Carrière, with whom he became firm friends. […]

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

Soirée Musicale – Concert of French Music

An evening of 19th Century & Contemporary French Composers, with Maria Mulcahy (Flute) and David O’Sullivan (Keyboard) Venue: Alliance Française de Cork Galerie Date: Wednesday 9th November 2016 Time: 6.30pm Admission free, all welcome! Places are limited – booking essential. We are delighted to welcome you to Alliance Francaise de Cork Galerie for our upcoming […]

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

Replanting the Blue Snail Garden

an exhibition by Canadian artist Heidi Etsell 26th October– 16th December 2016 In 2011, Heidi began planting what she calls the Blue Snail Garden: a place with imagination for soil and where stories, drawings, paintings and decorative objects grow in abundance. In 2016, Heidi ‘washed up’ on the shore of Ireland after a failed attempt to move […]


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