Robert Classic French Film Festival

Peppermint Soda

Friday, March 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sponsored by the Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation

The 11th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — presented by TV5MONDE and produced by Cinema St. Louis — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the 1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema. 

The fest annually includes significant restorations, and this year features seven such works: Pierre Schoendoerffer “The 317th Platoon,” Marcel Pagnol’s “The Baker’s Wife,” Olivier Assayas’ “Cold Water,” Jacques Becker’s “The Hole,” Jacques Rivette’s “The Nun,” Agnés Varda’s “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t,” and   Diane Kurys’ “Peppermint Soda.” 

The schedule is rounded out by Robert Bresson’s final film, “L’argent,” and two 1969 films celebrating their 50th anniversaries: Luis Buñuel’s “The Milky Way” and Eric Rohmer’s “My Night at Maud’s.” 

Every program features introductions and discussions by film or French scholars and critics. The discussions will place the works in the contexts of both film and French history and provide close analyses. 

All films are in French with English subtitles. Tickets for all shows are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Download a PDF of the official program HERE.


Free parking is available in the yellow-zone sections of lots along Forsyth Boulevard and in the Danforth University Center garage; no permits are required on weekends. See Washington U. map below.


The 317th Platoon

Friday, Mar. 8 at 7:30pm

In Pierre Schoendoerffer’s film adaptation of his own well-regarded novel — shot by the great Raoul Coutard — a platoon of French soldiers and Laotian allies fight... Read More

The Milky Way

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 7:30pm

The first of what Luis Buñuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Phantom of Liberty”) about “the search for... Read More

The Nun

Sunday, Mar. 10 at 7:00pm

In 18th-century France, novice Suzanne (a luminous Anna Karina) is compelled by her family to take her vows and become a nun. Doing what she can to resist, Suzanne... Read More

The Hole

Friday, Mar. 15 at 7:30pm

Four men in La Santé Prison, staring down the barrel at hard time, decide to execute a prison break and are forced to bring on a fifth member, Claude Gaspard (Marc... Read More

The Baker’s Wife

Saturday, Mar. 16 at 7:30pm

The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright-turned-auteur Marcel Pagnol (“The Marseille Trilogy” of “Marius,” “Fanny,” and “César”) shines through in this... Read More

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Sunday, Mar. 17 at 7:00pm

This unsung feminist anthem from Agnès Varda (“Faces Places,” “Vagabond,” “Cléo from 5 to 7”) is both a buoyant chronicle of a transformative friendship and an... Read More


Friday, Mar. 22 at 7:30pm

In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new level of astringency... Read More

Peppermint Soda

Saturday, Mar. 23 at 5:00pm

In the vein of such classic coming-of-age classics as François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” Diane Kurys’ “Peppermint Soda” captures a particular moment in the... Read More

Cold Water

Saturday, Mar. 23 at 7:30pm

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, the deeply felt coming-of-age drama “Cold Water” at long last makes its way to U.S.... Read More

My Night at Maud’s

Sunday, Mar. 24 at 7:00pm

In the brilliantly accomplished centerpiece of Eric Rohmer’s “Moral Tales” series, Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Jean-Louis, one of the great conflicted figures of ’... Read More