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In 1940, museum director Jacques Jaujard and German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich work together to protect Louvre artworks from the Nazis. The film is a dense, enriching meditation on the Louvre, Paris and the role of art as an intrinsic part of the spirit of civilization.
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Observer (UK)
There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.
November 13, 2016
Chicago Reader
This is disjointed and dreary, its power diluted by Sokurov's constant, self-important narration.
May 23, 2016
Washington Post
Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon.
May 05, 2016
Detroit News
"Francofonia" is terribly over-directed and seems strange just for the sake of being strange.
June 17, 2016