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DECEMBER 7-10

Since the beginning of the post-Key Theater drought of foreign films, Washington’s commercial cinemas have presented more movies in French than in any other foreign language. But that doesn’t mean that Washingtonians (or Americans in general, for that matter) are being introduced to the next generation of French filmmakers. This series is a modest redress of the situation: four films made in 1995 and 1996 by young women directors, only one of which (Anne Fontaine’s underwhelming Augustin, Dec. 9) has been seen here before. The other three offerings are Pascale Ferran’s The Age of Possibilities, an account of 10 young underemployed Strasbourg residents who fall in and out of love with a gentle delight that has caused the film to be compared to the work of Jean Renoir and Eric Rohmer (Dec. 7, pictured); Christine Carriäre’s Rosine, a working-class drama in which a 14-year-old girl’s stormy relationship with her immature mother is further tested by the arrival of the father Rosine never knew (Dec. 8); and Noemie Lvovsky’s Forget Me, the story of a few young people who are all in love—but not with the people who are in love with them (Dec. 9). At 7 p.m. (except Augustin, at 9 p.m.) at La Maison Franáaise, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Free. (202) 944-6090. (Mark Jenkins)