Palace Electric has brought us a new standard of comfort for movies and is the perfect venue for the ever growing variety of film festivals; particularly with the adjacent spaces that double nicely for the after party.
The Alliance Francaise 25th French Film Festival celebrated the best of French cinema with 46 movies and the added bonus of the delightful and disarming festival patron, Julia Zemiro welcoming all the guests in all the cinemas of the complex - with some fancy footwork - showing the opening night film The Finishers. And what a tear jerker it was with the kind of story that makes you want to cheer the protagonists, be humbled by the spirit and determination they show and feel good that for once a disability became an enablement for the most unlikely entrants in the famous Nice Triathalon.
The story is about a wheelchair bound teenager who convinces his father to enter the two of them ‘tethered’ together in the famous triathlon. The mother has to allow it and find the strength to let go of the reins she uses to shield and protect her boy. She thinks he’s fragile, his dad knows he’s not.
The rollercoaster ride around the hills behind Nice, a swim and a run are heart wrenching and heartwarming and the exhilaration of this hard slog is enough to make all able bodied couch potatoes get up, off the couch and running out the door, as the lessons in life, the power of love and the will to make a superhuman effort shines through. Visually the spectacular sight of the 2012 Nice Triathlon swimmers looks like a massive invasion of minnows into the sea surging forward. Our stars have a testing time but dad carrying his disabled boy ashore is just a few tissues short of a box. These finishers finished with the optimism they found together on a test of their own making.