April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué, 2015) – Through a lack of planning and deliberate effort, I didn’t get as much foreign film into this year’s Lent as I would have liked, but what I did get was lovely. I’m not deeply familiar with steampunk as a genre, but it seems that Paris is an ideal setting for it, at least aesthetically. All the most iconic views we have of Paris are from the era being romanticized, and lend themselves so well to being a backdrop for fine restaurants in airships and fanciful elevated railways with elaborate wrought-iron supports.
And the story is excellent, taking the premise and extrapolating a logical conclusion from the–well I guess just the definition of alternate history. And unlike futuristic sci-fi, at least here we don’t get a story about the inherent dangers of technology (what if phones, but too much?), but instead a celebration of the potential of technology to make life better.