The Visitors Take Sarasota

The French were feeling fine and feisty at one of the world's most congenial film festivals

JACQUES TOUBON WAS BEAMING. THE French Minister of Culture was informing a gala audience at the 5th Sarasota French Film Festival that the film they were about to see, Jean-Marie Poire's Les Visiteurs, was a hit of monster proportions. "The Visitors is the double of Jurassic Park," touted Toubon. "We are the best." At that moment, Americans in attendance had to be grateful that the U.S. has no government executive whose job it is to flack for Roseanne Arnold or Pearl Jam simply because their TV show and record album are at the top of the American charts. But the Floridians...

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