Rendezvous With French Cinema's must-see The Snows of Kilimanjaro (to be reviewed here soon) in which a young bartender flirts with and coaxes an older woman to have a drink by guessing her condition and state-of-mind and then finding just the right liquor for that moment. It's a delicious bit, the likes of which you'll not have witnessed, and one of your responses will probably be: Who the hell is that kid?! That "kid" is Comédie Française actor Pierre Niney, and he's indeed a find. Which is no doubt why co-writer and director of 18 YEARS OLD AND RISING (J'aime regardez les filles), Fred Louf, cast him as the lead in his very charming little coming-of-age/first-love movie and then let him run with it. M Niney crosses the finish line with speed and style.
IFC Center and again Saturday, March 10, at 3:45 at the Walter Reade. The filmmaker will make a personal appearance only at the latter venue.