Stream Fragile, a new French comedy, until March 31

A comedy romance set in the south of France, Fragile tells the story of Az, who works for an oyster farmer in Sète. He knows oysters — he opens them by the hundreds – and decides to hide a ring in one oyster to ask his girlfriend Jess to marry him. She declines, but the story is not over.

Fragile is the first feature film of Emma Benestan, a French-Algerian director, screenwriter and editor.  Benestan hijacks the traditional codes of comedy with a joyfully feminist take on contemporary masculinity. The film was released in theatres in 2021 and received critical acclaim.

Emma Benestan has also worked as an editor on feature films, such as "Mektoub my love" by Abdellatif Kechiche (Venice 2017). She has also been involved on numerous projects as screenwriter, including "The Right Words" which premiered in Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2021.

This film is presented in partnership with the Fédération of Alliances Françaises. The film is in French with English subtitles. This film is available for streaming until March 31.
Don't miss this exclusive US screening! Not available in theatres.

Review from a local francophone cinephile: “Fragile is a delightful comedy-drama about young love. As a Francophile and learner of French, I enjoyed the beautiful sun-filled scenery of the Mediterranean and the witty dialogue. The characters and the dynamics of a small group of close friends, interlaced with the ever-evolving love story, kept the movie entertaining from start to finish. I also enjoyed the underlying themes around “caste” systems and the search for the meaning of happiness. Watching the film felt like a nice warm mini-vacation to a land of beauty, sun and youthful earnestness.”

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Tickets are $6 for Alliance members and $9 for non-members. Click below to go directly to the film website,  buy a ticket, and start streaming. 

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