Hard Shell, Soft Shell

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Showings

Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse Sat, May 7 7:00 PM
The Main 2 Mon, May 9 7:20 PM
The Main 2 Fri, May 13 7:20 PM
The Main 2 Mon, May 23 4:30 PM
Virtual
Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:Fragile
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Tags:Comedy
Drama
Dramedy
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Women Directors
Francophone
Relationship
Family Drama
Dance
Release Year:2021
Runtime:99 min
Country/Region:France
Language:French
Print Source:UniFrance
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/604034078
Cast/Crew
Director:Emma Benestan
Producer:Caroline Nataf
Cinematographer:Aurélien Marra
Screenwriter:Emma Benestan
Editor:Perrine Bekaert
Composer:Julie Roué
Principal Cast:Yasin Houicha
Oulaya Amamra
Raphaël Quenard
Bilel Chegrani
Diong-kéba Tacu
Tiphaine Daviot
Holy Fatma
Guillermo Guiz
Samira Sedira
Tassadit Mandi

Description

“The oyster also has heartaches.” So opens this charming love story, where Az, a young French oyster farmer, concocts an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend Jess that goes anything but right. Rejected, he begins to reconsider his and Jess’ ideas of love and happiness.

Az is a handsome twenty-something, Jess a lovely actress. When Az’s proposal goes awry, he tries to win her back by taking dancing lessons from a gorgeous friend whom he begins to fall for, of course! As expected, his pals have all kinds of relationship advice as do the female members of his family who surround him. Writer-director Emma Benestan tinkers gleefully with viewers expectations in this fun feminist update on the romantic dramedy.


Director Biography

Emma Benestan is a French-Algerian director, screenwriter and editor who graduated from La Fémis. She is the director of the short films “Toucher l'horizon” (2012), “Summer of Sarah” (2015), “Taste of Love” (2016), and “L'amour du risque” (2019) and the documentary short “Facing the Beast” (2018). Hard Shell, Soft Shell (Fragile) (2021) is her debut feature.


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