Life is a Very Strange Thing

Les McLaren, Annie Stiven
| Australia
| 2017
| 83 min

As a teenager in Paris, Frédéric dropped a piano on a teacher’s car. Later when he was expelled from school his father took him far away to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to record traditional music. Back in France, we follow Fred as he tries to make sense of a country that is both familiar and radically different to the one he left in 1973. His wry encounters on the streets, in cafes, brocante shops, and over lunch with neighbours give an intimate glimpse of a society that is getting on with life the only way it knows how, beneath darkening clouds of change and populist politics.

Les McLaren, Annie Stiven
Les McLaren, Annie Stiven
Sydney Premiere
Australian Competition
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