MY FRIEND VICTORIA, adapted by screenwriter/director Jean-Paul Civeyrac from a story by Doris Lessing, takes us on the journey to adulthood and motherhood of a young black girl in France as she struggles to find her place in society and the world around her. The beauty, the gift of this extraordinary movie is that it allows us to inhabit its characters so well that we experience and understand things from all their viewpoints.
Georges Franju's Thomas l'imposteur). This narration -- spoken by Fanny, the very good friend and almost-sister of our heroine, Victoria -- enables us to experience the latter's story sympathetically and with empathy, without the usual sentimentality clouding our vision. And the measured, lovely tone of Fanny's voice seems both intelligent and reassuring. It also elides some of the moments that, had they been shown, would have thrown the movie more toward the sentimental.
Keylia Achie Beguie, above, left).
Zeitgeist Films, and running a mere 95 minutes, the movie opens in New York City exclusively at the IFC Center this Friday, December 4, and will hit several other cities in the weeks to come. Click here and scroll down to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.