Mourir à trente ans (Half a Life). 1982. France. Written and directed by Romain Goupil. In French; English subtitles. 95 min.
Combining home movies, archival footage, and contemporary interviews, Goupil recounts his youth as a teenage militant Trotskyite in the years leading up to May 1968, and the decade trailing off from it, climaxing with the suicide of his boyhood friend, the charismatic student leader Michel Recanati. A remarkable blend of bildungsroman and political essay, the film is attentive both to the youthful romantics of revolt and the pain that comes with age and disillusionment.
Thursday, June 19, 2014,4:30 p.m.T1, Titus Theater 1
Friday, June 6, 2014,8:00 p.m.T1, Titus Theater 1