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Monday 13 May

10am, 6:30pm

Director Vincent Perez

French (English subtitles)

Historical Drama

101 minutes

It is 1887 and Parisian society is going through transformations that will resonate for decades to come. The supposedly outlawed practice of men fighting duels to preserve and restore honour still thrives, while women are not permitted to vote, let alone pick up a fencing foil themselves. Against this backdrop of social upheaval comes The Edge of the Blade, a film rich in drama and period detail that recounts the story of both the public and secret conflicts that shaped France in the late 19th century.

A film worth watching for a window into French life in the late 1800s – with the rise of feminism, plenty of duelling action, some old men stuffily pontificating about the world, and there’s a dash of romance as well. My French Life