Five Funny French Films

It’s a weekend of hilarity — hilarity with an accent — at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Five Funny French Films festival, an annual gathering of contemporary French comedies. Serge Bozon’s Tip Top (2013) opens the program on Thursday. For mature audiences, Tip Top is a deadpan comedy starring Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain as two internal-affairs cops investigating murder and corruption. Also on Thursday is Antonin Peretjatko’s 2013 La fille du 14 Juillet, a road movie that follows a pair of lazy Louvre security guards who are headed to the beach, only to find out the government is about to reduce the usual monthlong vacation. Friday starts off with Regis Roinsard’s Populaire (2012), in which the sexual politics of the 1950s are played out via a small-town woman’s quest to be judged the fastest typist in France. Also on Friday is Alexandre Castagnetti’s Amour et turbulences (2013), the story of two former lovers thrown together during a long flight. The couple rehash their affair, which didn’t end well, much to the amusement of fellow travelers, all of whom happily add their own opinions to the spirited exchange. On Saturday, Laurent Truel’s La grande boucle (2013) chronicles the adventures of an amateur cyclist who competes in his own Tour de France by riding a day ahead of the official racers. On Sunday, it’s Max Linder’s 1921 silent Sept ans de malheur, the first Hollywood feature starring French comedian Linder. After accidentally breaking a mirror, Linder’s character faces a series of calamities. Sept ans de malheur screens only once; all the other films have two showings.

See Tip Top at 6 p.m. March 20 and 8 p.m. March 22; La fille du 14 Juillet at 8:15 p.m. March 20 and 7:30 p.m. March 23; Populaire at 6 p.m. March 21 and 1 p.m. March 22; Amour et turbulences at 8:15 p.m. March 21 and 5:30 p.m. March 23; La grande boucle at 6 p.m. March 22 and 2 p.m. March 23; and Sept ans de malheur at 4 p.m. March 23. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit $10.
Thu., March 20, 6 & 8:15 p.m.; Fri., March 21, 6 & 8:15 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 1 & 6 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 4, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Olivia Flores Alvarez