Every week, a group of disparate individuals from all over the world gather at the Bibliotheque publique d’information in Paris to practice conversational French. The conversations are initially polite and respectful until, gradually, tensions and antagonisms begin to emerge as subtleties and nuances are lost in the struggle to speak a foreign language. Bernard Braunstein’s film is a wonderfully benevolent and humane account of how we move beyond the limitations of language to discover and foster a sense of community and understanding in a foreign climate, as our ability to communicate is overshadowed by our need for empathy and companionship.

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