Film Frenching Guide 

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When it comes to navigating the suddenly bustling streets of Carytown near the Byrd this weekend while trying simultaneously to navigate the French-English program, let us help shoulder some of the burden with this guide to some notable features. And remember, if you run into any French speakers, just reply to anything they say with, “Au contraire, mon frAcre.” Might also work for those people at the entrance insisting that you need a ticket.

For crime-fighting thrills:
Twisty political thriller “J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka” coils around mysterious circumstances related to the disappearance of Moroccan militant Mehdi Ben Barka in the '60s. Friday, 7 p.m.

For economic-meltdown wallowing:
“Deux jours Aÿ tuer” looks at the self-destruction of a successful advertising executive and family man (a common movie premise not only in France; see “The Arrangement,” “American Beauty” and “How to Get Ahead in Advertising”). Friday, 9:30 p.m.

For French animation:
“Mia et le Migou” is a general audience feature about a young South American girl who leaves her village on a journey to find her father at a huge construction site that demolishes the rain forest for a luxury hotel. Kind of like a French, animated “Emerald Forest,” in reverse, for kids. Saturday, 8 a.m.

For comic drama:
“15 ans et demi” stars the talented Daniel Auteuil as a father traveling back to France after 15 years in the United States to reconnect with his now teenage daughter, who has better things to do than hang out with papa. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

For sex:
“Cliente” follows a French cougar named Judith (Nathalie Baye) and her adventures in the world of online male escorts, which suddenly get complicated when she hires a married man looking for love through his work. Saturday, 4 p.m. [See story at left.]

For high-sea adventure:
“Tabarly,” a documentary, explores the life of famed father of French yachting, A%ric Tabarly, winner of many world-famous yachting races, who was lost at sea in 1998. Sunday, 10:20 a.m.

For “Magique!”:
From Philippe Muyl, writer and director of 2002's “The Butterfly,” in “Magique!” Tommy (Louis Dussol) is about to miss out on the circus that is, but then is not, coming to town — unless his mother figures out a way to host it on their property. Sunday, 12:40 p.m.

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