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Not that the film, which Mr.

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Kassovitz also wrote, is autobiographical. It tells the story of Lola, a caramel-colored young Catholic woman from Martinique, who is double-dating a poor Jewish delivery boy and a wealthy Muslim law student from Africa. When she becomes pregnant, she informs them she cannot tell which man is the father until she sees the color of the baby.

In the meantime, she asks, get along. The result is a love story that, through humor, says much about race and racism in Paris today. The minute film was not a box office hit when it was released here last year as "Metisse.


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Molly Haskell, the artistic director of the Sarasota French Film Festival added "Metisse" to the festival's program last year because it was "quirky and interesting. It builds on Spike Lee the outsider, but in Kassovitz's film the white guy, the Jewish guy, lives in the ghetto and the black lives in the bourgeois 16th arrondissement apartment.

Dan Talbot, president of New Yorker Films, which is distributing "Cafe au Lait," disagrees somewhat on the comparison. Kassovitz is more energetic. Although "Cafe au Lait" is not autobiographical, there is certainly enough of Mr. Kassovitz in it to merit his playing Felix. The plot came to him while he was living with Julie Mauduech, who plays Lola.

Biography: life and films

His own mother is a French Catholic; his father, Peter, a television film director, is a Hungarian Jew who fled here in In the movie, Felix's Jewish grandparents are very much modeled after the director's Hungarian grandparents. By the time he was 17, he wanted to leave school. Soon he was doing odd jobs on film sets and was learning all he could about cinema. In , he made his first film, a seven-minute short called "Fierrot le Pou" a nonsensical play on Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot le Fou" although otherwise unrelated in which he already touched on the race issue.

A second short, "Cauchemar Blanc" "White Nightmare" , focused on racist violence. A third, "Assassins," in which a father takes his son out on his first armed robbery, was banned in France for children under 16 on the grounds of "incitement to murder," even though it showed no scenes of violence. Kassovitz lives and where, he noted, "Jews, Arabs, Chinese and blacks live together and are forced to get along. Seller Inventory mon More information about this seller Contact this seller.

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