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Place Vendome

The EU Festival is always a welcome event, and this year's program brings to town over two dozen new European features. This 1999 French film by actress Nicole Garcia is striking above all because of its lead performance--Catherine Deneuve as a recovering alcoholic who springs back into action when she discovers seven diamonds squirreled away by her late husband, a big-time jeweler. What transpires after that may have some of the trappings of an exotic thriller, but it's basically a character study, and Deneuve and her fellow actors--in particular Emmanuelle Seigner and Jean-Pierre Bacri (Same Old Song)--shine in these circumstances. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Friday, February 4, 6:00, 312-443-3737.

--Jonathan Rosenbaum

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