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Anyone who saw Alain Cavalier’s La Rencontre at the National Gallery or the Hirshhorn last year recognizes that the director is fascinated by the small gesture. In his 1986 film Thérèse, Cavalier found what may have been his perfect subject: a young 19th-century nun who achieved sainthood through the power of sheer simplicity. The stylistic austerity suggests Bresson, but the film is much simpler in story and theme than Bresson’s work. This is cinema as a form of contemplation. At 7 p.m. at the French Embassy’s Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $5. (202) 944-6091. (Mark Jenkins)