Are you hobbit-like in nature? Do you prefer the comforts of home and hearth, but have a yearning for travel and adventure – a trait possibly inherited from your mother?

If you have an inner hobbit, consider attending the Jefferson library’s new film series, “Sunday Afternoons in France.” On each of three Sundays, the library will present a French film for those who crave travel, but are reluctant to stray far from home and dinner table.

The Intouchables (January 27) is the story of Driss, an ex-con from the projects who is hired to care for an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe. His newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women, and paragliding over the Alps are just the beginning as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down.

Populaire (February 24) focuses on Rose Pamphyle, who lives with her widowed father and is destined to marry a son of the local mechanic. Rose travels out of town and applies for a secretarial job with an insurance agency run by Louis Échard. Louis learns that Rose can type with extraordinary speed – using only two fingers – and advises her to compete in a speed-typing competition if she wants the job. Rose makes the finals, but ultimately loses her first competition, so Louis begins training her to become the fastest typist in the world. He makes a bet with Bob Taylor, his best friend (who is married to his old sweetheart, Marie), that Rose can win the regional competition.

La Tête en Friche/My Afternoons with Margueritte (March 24) is the story of life’s random encounters. Germain is a nearly illiterate man in his 50s, considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro in a small French town. He takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, an articulate, highly intelligent, frail old lady reading excerpts from her novel aloud. Between Germain and Margueritte are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded.

All movies will be shown at 2:00 at the Jefferson Township Public Library (1031 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge). Register on the library’s website at

The library is open from 9:30-9:00 Monday-Friday, 9:30-6:00 Saturday, and 1:00-5:00 Sunday.

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