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Anna Rose Holmer’s feature-film debut features heroine Toni, an eleven-year-old tomboy who is training with her older boxer brother when she notices an all-girl dance group training at the same gym. Hooked, Toni auditions for and joins the troop – but, just as she’s beginning to fit in, a mysterious wave of convulsions takes over the young girls. From sexuality to the sense of belonging to the construction of one’s identity, the ‘The Fits’ manages to take on a range of themes, employing a singular surrealism which continues to haunt you long after the film is over.
Before the two became friends, Picasso had long been an inspiration for Giacometti, demonstrated by the several sketches and notebooks displayed in the Musée Picasso’s new exhibition ‘Picasso-Giacometti’. And while the pupil never quite became the master, this is arguably due to his moving ontoother things, gaining recognition on account of his bronze statues rather than his paintings. Through sculptures, paintings and drawings, the exhibition explores the relationship between Giacometti and Picasso.
Powder pink walls scrawled with slogans like “Keep the gluten away” and “Je t’aime moi noglu” might suggest we’re in a healthy food temple. And while the lunch menu (€24) at the third address for the Noglu team is a picture of good health, it's also packed with mouthwatering foodie delights. So as not to miss the show put on by Japanese chef Tsuyoshi Miyazaki (ex-Passage 53) and his su-chef, we sit at the bar rather than on the grey velour banquettes. To start, beetroot/cashew nut/gorgonzola/raspberry – a fresh combination which isn’t overpowered by the cheese.
Food Market is back and better than ever. The open-air street food market on boulevard de Belleville is now open two Thursdays a month all year round, serving hot food you can takeaway or enjoy at one of their big wooden tables. Three unmissable dishes for you to try: Meaty treats from The Beast. These guys aren’t messing around when it comes to meat: Black Angus beef brisket, free range pulled pork, ribs or chicken, all served with roast potatoes straight from the oven.
A hop, skip and a jump from Filles du Calvaire metro is Pasdeloup, complete with kitchen sit-up bar, a back room cocktail bar and a more intimate area ideal for birthdays. Take a drink recommendation from the staff, formerly of Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria. A delicate crab meat, hazelnut oil, Pink Lady apple and potato emulsion (€12) goes perfectly with a glass of white Amalaya (€6.50) and satisfies us during the wait. The Fisherman's Vice is a green cocktail of Aquavit, Lillet blanc, sugar, lemon, fresh coriander, coupled with a cod green curry and coconut milk, full of flavourful spice offset by the dreamy rice.
From January 21-28 2017, Paris will become shaken (not stirred) with all things cocktail. The third edition of the city’s only cocktail fest, organised by Eric Fossard and Thierry Daniel, will play out over 50 top Parisian bars including À la Française, Lulu White, the Baton Rouge, the Dépanneur Pigalle, Dirty Dick and the Experimental Cocktail Club. These spots will serve up cocktails at mouth-wateringly low prices when you flash the bartender a Cocktail Week pass. See you at the bar!
Obviously one Cuillier just wasn’t enough – a third location has opened its doors in Sentier. In a moderately-sized space with décor which is both austere and inviting, baristas welcome everyone with a smile and cheerfully explain the sourcing behind their signature Blend 21, a special range of coffee from the Brûlerie de Belleville - 50% Brazilian, 30% Salvadorian, 20% Guatemalan - delicious as both an espresso and an Americano.