In My Friend Victoria, Victoria (Guslagie Malanda) becomes fascinated with a wealthy white family as a little girl, then later has a daughter out of wedlock with one of the sons. As she struggles both with a sense that she is losing her daughter to this bourgeois family and the growing resentment of her own son, who has a black father and does not enjoy the family’s attention, Victoria provides an unusual and welcome insight into the situation of foreigners in France today: in the most concrete terms, privilege is within her reach, but never truly hers.
Writer-director Jean Paul Civeyrac shifts the action of Nobel prize-winning author Doris Lessing’s short story “Victoria and the Staveneys” from London to contemporary Paris, but otherwise remains faithful to Lessing’s tale of a young black woman’s uneasy relationship with a wealthy white family.
French Title - Mon amie Victoria
English Title - My Friend Victoria
Screentime - 95 min
Doors will open at 6:45pm, 45 minutes before showtime at 7:30pm.
Parking is free after 5:00pm. There is parking available at Dan Allen Parking Deck, located at 110 Dan Allen Dr.
This is the last of six films in the 2017 Tournées Film Festival at North Carolina State University: Raleigh's French Connection. Find out more at https://www.ncsu.edu/gti/tournees/