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Sid’s Salon – Sid keeps the classic films coming!
August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In the City of Sylvia–– Spain/France Jose Luis Guerin 2007. /France 2016 1hr 53 Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
Wednesday, August 15, 6:15pm.
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard St.
The protagonist of this enchanting film, set in Strasbourg, France, spends much of his time looking for Sylvia, and we are taken right along for the delightful and sometimes frustrating ride. Several years earlier he had met the mysterious Sylvia in the terrace cafe of the city’s Conservatory of Music when she was about to start her course of study. Unfortunately, she only gave him her first name before she went off to class. He left Strasbourg to pursue, it seems, his education in art, only coming back after a long gap in time to the cafe where he last saw the woman he cannot forget. We watch and search with him––the cinematography is superbly and humorously creative––as he sketches various young and beautiful women who might be Sylvia, though after several years’ absence he is not at all sure what she looks like. Then a black-haired woman returns his initial inquiring look, and off he goes in pursuit.
As he follows her through Strasbourg’s alleys and parks and busy shopping streets, he is accompanied by a kind of musical score composed of the sounds of a major city––children’s shouts, tram bells, echoing footsteps, bits of conversation––that almost makes you realize that otherwise, the film is silent. We hear not a word from our pursuing protagonist nor from the lovely object of his affection until he chats her up on a tram, more than halfway through the film. A lively exchange occurs, lively in more ways than one. Is she Sylvia? You will find out if you come to see this seductive and provocative film about romantic love and memory and where they can take us. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org 415-888-2868.
Let us know if you need transportation. All are welcome. $5 for non-members.