2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967) -
Juliette, a bourgeois housewife, is a loving wife and mother
whose domestic moments alternate with her days and nights as a
call girl. Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard, one of the
direcors of la Nouvelle Vague.
Afrique, je te plumerai (1993) - A compelling and
sardonic essay on the history of colonialism in Cameroon, and by
extension, on the African continent. Focuses on historical as well
as contemporary European cultural domination, particularly in the
publishing and media industry. Directed by Jean-Marie
: une voix pour l'histoire (a voice for history) (1994) - Part
1. The vigilant island = L'ile veilleuse (54 min.) -- part 2.
Where the edges of conquest meet = Au rendez-vous de la conquête
(56 min.) -- part 3. The strength to face tomorrow = La force de
regarder demain (50 min.) Introduces American audiences to
the celebrated Martinican author who coined the term 'negritude'
and launched the movement called the "Great Black Cry". In part 1,
Césaire shows us his native country, and discusses the difficulty
of balancing the life of a poet with that of a practical
politician for over 50 years. Part 2 moves to Paris in the 1930's,
where Césaire and others developed the concept of 'negritude'. In
part 3, Césaire responds to the disappointments of the
post-colonial world and expresses his hopes for the future.
L'Argent de poche (1976) -
A warm, deceptively simple story of children and the world
they live in. Directed by François Truffaut.
Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958) - A classic. Florence Carala
and her lover Julien Tavernier, an ex-paratrooper, want to murder
her husband by faking a suicide. Directed by Louis
Malle. Music by Jazz great, Miles Davis.
L'Atalante (1934) - Director Jean Vigo's film appears on
the surface to be a realistic conventional film about newlyweds on
their barge, the L'Atalante, on the Seine river with a barge hand
who begins to create a rift between the new husband and wife.
Beneath this it's also a dream-like highly surrealistic film
expressiing physical love through sensuous imagery.
de souffle (1960)
- A small-time hood kills a
policeman and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend
betrays him to the police. Directed
by Jean-Luc Goddard, one of the direcors of la Nouvelle Vague.
(2002) - Xavier is a straight-laced French
college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student
exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful
girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from
all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as
Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh
and party. Directed by Cédric Klapisch.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) - Based
on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences
during the German occupation of France in World War II.
Baisers volés (1968) - The third in the Antoine Doinel series, (first told in the film The 400 blows) and in many respects the autobiography of François Truffaut. After his dishonorable discharge from the army, Antoine embarks on a series of ill-fated jobs, finally settling on an amusing stint as a private detective. In his ever-turbulent love life, he finds himself torn between an attractive, serious-minded young violinist and a glamorous, older married woman.
Banlieue 13 (2004) - An undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to gain access to a neutron bomb and defuse it. Rating: R; for strong violence, some drug content and language. Directed by Pierre Morel. Written by Luc Besson.
La bataille d'Alger
(1966) - Dramatizes
the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle
for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian
uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence
escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for
information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest
for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range,
women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but
ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that
they will no longer be suppressed.
La Belle et la Bête (1946)
- Definitely not the Disney version. This one, by Jean
Cocteau, is a surrealist feast for your eyes. Adapted and
directed by Jean Cocteau.
Caché - (2005) Cannes Best Director Michael Haneke psychological
thriller starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche.
Camille Claudel (1988) - A historically accurate depiction
of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art,
that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille
Claudel. Isabelle Adjani plays the famous sculptress.
Directed by Bruno Nuytten.
Thiaroye (1988)- African soldiers, returning home after fighting in World
War II, are massacred by French colonial authorities in a
dispute over pay, directed by Ousmane Sembene.
Carmen (1984) - In 19th cenetury Seville, Carmen seduces a naive Army corporal, Don Jose, who abandons his career, his fiancee, and his dying mother for Carmen. George Bizet's opera based on the work by Prosper Mérimée.
Chacun cherche son chat (1996)
Romantic comedy set in Paris about a young woman, her missing pet
and her search for true love. Directed and written by Cédric
Confessions d'un barjo (1992)
- Barjo, Fanfan's nerdy twin brother, accidentally burns
down his house and is forced to move in with Fanfan. While she
pursues the next-door neighbor and his wife, Barjo records every
move in his notebook. Meanwhile, Fanfan's husband Charles quietly
loses his mind. Directed by Jérôme Boivin.
white king, red rubber, black death - (2006) escribes how King Leopold II of
Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885-1908.
Under his control, Congo became a labor camp of shocking
brutality. People were starved and tortured in the name of
harvesting rubber. Directed by Peter Bate.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
- Gerard Depardieu and Vincent Perez star. In
17th-century Paris, a long-nosed poet and swordsman helps his
handsome friend win the girl he himself loves. Directed by Jean
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, based on the work by Edmond Rostand.
La Cérémonie (1995)
- directed by Claude Chabrol. Somewhat violent storyabout
two women pushed over the edge. They make Thelma and Louise
seem sweet. Not for the squeamish. Directed by Claude
Le Charme discret de la
bourgeoisie (1972) - An upper-class sextet sits down to
dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a
vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
Le château de ma mère (1990), La gloire de mon père
(1990). Based on novels by Marcel Pagnol. Show life at
the turn of the century in the south of France. Directed by
Chocolat (1988) A French woman returns to her childhood home in Africa. Beautiful soundtrack with jazz and african influences. This is NOT the film "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche in English that was released a couple of years ago. Directed by Claire Denis.
Un Coeur en hiver (1992)
- Stars Daniel Auteil and EmmanuelleBéart. In this
story of music, seduction and unrequited love, a beautiful,
passionate concert violinist is betrayed by a man whose heart is
hopelessly locked in a winter of its own creation. Somewhat
slow moving. Directed by Claude Sautet.
Le Corbeau (1943) - A mysterious writer of poison
pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial
town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor
seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly
captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing
turning an ccupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem
Coup de torchon (1981)
- Recounts events in the life of the French police
chief in a small African village. As his problems mount (with his
wife, his mistress, the local pimp) the officer begins to get rid
of those causing his difficulties, in this comedy/drama.
Directed and written by Bertrand Tavernier.
Danton (1983) -
Georges Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris
at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Robespierre and
his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the
infamous "Reign of Terror." Danton pleads with the people for an
end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their
revolution. Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté
(2005) - In this remake of Fingers, Tom, a
ne'er-do-well, works with two scheming real estate men who have
little or no morals. He decides to return to the piano, practicing
Bachs' Toccata in E Minor for an important audition that could be
a life-changing event.
- a cult classic, not for the faint of heart, but quite funny if
you like off-beat, dark humor. In a futuristic society where
meat is a rare commodity, a delicatessen serves up its customers
as a nutritious replacement! Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre
Le Dernier métro (1980) - During the Nazi occupation of
France, Marion Steiner stages a new play in an attempt to keep her
theatre and Lucas, her Jewish husband alive. Stars Catherine
Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Directed by François Truffaut.
Les Diaboliques (1955) - A "film noir" from
the 50's. Mystery drama about murder in a private school for
boys. The wife and the mistress of a tyrannical headmaster dispose
of him only to be mystified by the disappearance of his body and
ghostly hints of his presence. Directed by Henri-Georges
Diva (1981) - Takes place in Paris and filmed in the
80's. New wave/punk drama. Stars an African-American
opera singer and features the mailman who falls in love with
her. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix.
La Double Vie de Véronique
(1991) - Weronika is a Polish choir soprano, and her
double, Véronique, is a French music teacher. Though they are
unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely
emotional bond. The two were born on the same day and each senses
that somewhere there exists another person with whom their lives
are intertwined. Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Effroyables jardins (2003)
For 15-year-old Lucien, there’s nothing more embarrassing than
his father Jacques’ circus routine. Dressing up in funny feet,
white makeup, and a bright red nose to entertain the village,
he’s a hit with everyone except his own son. But, as Jacques’
best friend André explains, there’s a history to his act that
goes beyond simple clowning and to his experiences in the Second
World War. Directed and written by Jean Becker.
(2005) - A
small-time crook regrets his impulsive decision to sell his
newborn son on the black market, and sets out to recover him, by
Belgian filmmakers, Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne. Received
the "Palme d'or" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.
L'enfant noir (1995) - The coming-of-age tale of a Guinean teen, Baba, who begins to question his traditional village life, once he is sent away to school in the coastal city of Conakry. Based on the book of the same name by Camara Laye.
L'enfant sauvage (1970) - Follows the capture of a young
boy found living like an animal in the forest. Dr.
Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard of the National Institute for the Deaf and
Dumb, Paris, believes the child can be transformed into a
civilized being. The doctor removes the boy from the institute
into his own home. The boy, named Victor, is divided between his
longing for the wilderness and his new life with the doctor.
Itard, whose teaching strategies survive today in the Montessori
Method, is unsure whether he is helping a savage become human or
turning a forest child into a semi-civilized idiot. Directed
by François Truffaut.
Les enfants du siècle (1999)
- A biographical history of the love affair
between George Sand and Alfred de Musset that scandalized their
families, friends and the salons of Paris in nineteenth century
France. With Juliette Binoche.
Entre les murs (2008) - François and his
fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough
neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace
themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give
the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often
clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As
amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their
difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm
for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of
respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant
frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom
ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge
his methods. "Palme d'or" at the Cannes International Film
Faat Kine (2000) - The drama
of Faat Kine, an independent single mother and business woman
who runs a gas station franchise; and also born in 1960, the
same year Senegalese independence was attained, by acclaimed
African filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene.
Faubourg Tremé (2008): Long ago during slavery, Faubourg
Tremé was home to the largest community of free black people in
the Deep South and a hotbed of political ferment. Here black and
white, free and enslaved, rich and poor co-habitated,
collaborated, and clashed to create much of what defines New
Orleans culture up to the present day. Founded as a suburb (or
faubourg in French) of the original colonial city, the
neighborhood developed during French rule and many families like
the Trevignes kept speaking French as their first language until
the late 1960s. Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited
afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in
tone. (This movie is in English, but with a strong
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) - Amélie is a
young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed
with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with
other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she
developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite
all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young
woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature.
She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help
La Femme d'à côté (1981)
A young engineer's new neighbors are surprisingly his old lover
and her husband. Though both are happily married, they can't stay
away from each other, and an obsession drives them both mad.
Directed by François Truffaut.
La femme du boulanger (1938)
- Story of a baker whose wife runs away with a shepherd and
of the townspeople who help to bring her back. Directed by Marcel
Pagnol, an adaptation of a novel by Marcel Pagnol.
aux yeux ouverts (1993) - Surveys social conditions faced by women in
Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin, including circumcision,
forced marriage, AIDS, and economic repression. Examines
grass-roots efforts toward education and improvement as Africa
opens to democracy.
sur le pont (2000) - A
beautiful waif is prepared to leap to her death in the Seine but
is rescued from her grim fate by a raffish carnival knife
thrower. Stars Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis (Johnny
Le Grand Bleu (1988) -
Jacques and his friendly rival, Enzo, are considered masters of
free-diving and have made a career out of this one-of-a-kind
competition. Jacques' life-long obsession with diving comes from
his unusual bond with the sea--while Enzo thrives on the
challenges of its inherent dangers. Directed and written by
Le grand blond avec une
chaussure noire (1972) - Farcical comedy of mistaken
identity. A professional musician's life is changed when he
becomes involved with government conspiracies. Directed by
Yves Robert with celebrated comedic actor Pierre Richard.
La Grande illusion (1937) - In this classic tale of adventure duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the commandant while cooperating with his comrades in a daring escape. Directed by Jean Renoir.
Hiroshima, mon amour
Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief
intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their
personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his
firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering
her traumatic affair with a German soldier. Based on the
novel by Marguerite Duras. Graphic scenes after the
bombing of Hiroshima begin the film. Directed by Alain
Renais, one of the direcors of la Nouvelle Vague.
d'Adèle H (1975) - Based on the true story of Adele Hugo's (Victor Hugo's
daughter) obsessive love affair which led her to run away from
home to follow her womanizing lover across an ocean to Halifax,
Nova Scotia. Directed by François Truffaut.
Un Homme et une femme 20 ans déjà (1986) - Twenty years after a script girl and a daredevil race driver fell in love, the ex-lovers meet to make a film about their love affair. This is the sequel to the film listed next. Directed by Claude Lelouche.
Un homme et une femme (1966) - A love story between
a young widow and a young widower. Directed by Claude
Indochine (1992) - Set in French Indochina in the 1930s
as the Vietnamese begin to rebel against French colonialism.
Dramatizes the last years of French rule through the
relationship between plantation owner Éliane, French by birth
but born and raised in Indochina, and her adopted daughter
Camille, an orphaned Annamese princess who becomes a Vietnamese
revolutionary and representative at the Geneva Conference after
having a child by French officer Jean-Baptiste, Éliane's past
lover. Directed by Régis Wargnier with Catherine Deneuve and Vincent
Les invasions barbares (2002)- It's not
easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally
stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering
with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to
confrom their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate
life. Directed by acclaimed French-Canadian director,
Denys Arcand. Oscar for best foreign film in 2003.
Award for best screenplay, Festival International de Cannes.
Jean de Florette (1986) Set in rural France, Jean de Florette is the story of Jean Cadoret, a hunchback peasant who inherits a farm from his mother and strives to become a gentleman farmer. However, his powerful neighbor plots to steal his land. Directed by Claude Berri, based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol. If you like it, you will also like its sequel Manon des Sources, listed below.
Jésus de Montreal (1989) - A troupe of underemployed actors joins a charismatic young man to help a church update its annual Passion play, which attracts a city full of hope, praise, temptation and condemnation. Directed by Denys Arcand.
La Jetée (1962)
- A science fiction love story which occurs after World War
III. A man's vivid experience of a childhood experience allows him
to travel forward and backward in time. As a grown man, he meets
the girl he had glimpsed as a child at the airport, he falls in
love with her, chooses to remain in the past, but is executed by
those who hold power in the future. Directed by Chris
Je vous salue Marie (1985 ) - A teenage virgin becomes pregnant. The girl, her fiancé, family and friends struggle to cope. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
Joyeux Noël (2006) - Based on the true story of three
armies in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous
Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Directed by
Jules et Jim (1962) - The friendship
of Jules, who is German, and Jim, who is French, and their twenty
year love for the same woman. Directed by François Truffaut.
La Lectrice (1988)
- Constance reads aloud to her boyfriend. While in bed one
night, she reads "La Lectrice," a story of Marie, a charming young
woman who decides to advertise her services as a professional
reader. When Constance finishes her novel about Marie, she decides
to place her own ad, inspired by the joy and satisfaction Marie
has found as a reader to the world. Directed by Michel
Léolo (1992) - Incorrigible misfit Léolo Lozone is a
12-year-old dreamer with the hilarious ability to recreate the
world according to his imagination. A French-canadian film about
a very dysfunctional family, some graphic violence, beautiful
soundtrack, but disturbing. Directed by Jean-Claude
Lumumba (2000) - dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated. The filmmaker, Raoul Peck, is Haitian.
Un long dimanche de fiançailles
(2004) - Mathilde
is waiting desperately for her fiance to return from the war
(World War I). When bad news arrives she refuses to believe he
is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into his
infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his
war stories. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also
Lucie Aubrac (1997) -
War II biography of a Jewish couple who were part of the
Resitance, starring Danielle Auteuil and Carole Bouquet.
Directed by Claude Berri.
Madame Bovary (1991) - Gustave Flaubert's classic novel of
a woman's downfallfor lust and love, made into a movie with an
excellent performance by Isabelle Huppert. Directed by
Made in U.S.A. (1966) - Paula, a leftist writer, goes
from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns
of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P.
Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard, one of the direcors of la Nouvelle
(1999) - A story
about a man who receives a money order that threatens to destroy
the traditional fabric of his life is used to point out the
problems of modern Africa as a civilization struggling to
recapture its own rich heritage after colonial corruption,
directed by Ousmane Sembene.
Manon des Sources (1986)
- Ten years after the tragic events of Jean de Florette,
Manon (Jean's daughter) seeks revenge against those she holds
responsible for her father's death. Directed by Claude
La Mariée était en noir (1968) - After a bridegroom is shot on the steps of the church on his wedding day, his widow traces the group of men responsible and eliminates them one by one. Directed by François Truffaut.
Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
- Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old
certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that
the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the
miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt--as the
intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away
every innocent lace and bauble. Interesting exploration of
gender identity. Directed by Alain Berliner.
La Marseillaise (1938) -
A young woman finds love after the death of her father and uncle;
a Parisian slum girl's affair with a government official results
in his downfall; a man is taught the Charleston; follows the life
of a poor girl selling matches; the beginning of the French
Revolution; a doctor's experiments transform him into his evil
alter ego; a French corporal captured by the Germans tries
repeatedly to escape. Directed by Jean Renoir.
Mépris (1963) - Asked
write a screenplay for an American producer, a young French
dramatist and his wife visit the producer's villa in Capri.
There the wife and producer engage in an affair, and she decides
to leave her husband. However, something quite unexpected
happens. Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard, one of the
directors of la Nouvelle Vague.
Milou en mai (1990).
glimpse of Paris and life during the heady days of student strikes
and general pandamonium of May 1968. Directed by Louis
Les Misérables (1998) - This version of the Victor Hugo's
novel boasts an all French cast, including the incomparable
Jean-Paul Belmondo. It is told as a story within a
story. The protagonist, Henri Fortin is a true and simple
man whose life parallels that of Jean Valjean, the hero of Hugo's
novel. This film was directed by Claude Lelouche.
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003) - An elderly Turkish Muslim grocer befriends a lonely teenage Jewish boy in a working class section of Paris. Directed by François Dupeyron.
Moolaadé (2004) - written and directed by Ousmane
Sembene, acclaimed Senagalese director. Set in a small
village, four young girls who face ritual "purification" decide
to flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed
woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from
the mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of
moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension
mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collé against village
traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her
daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne.
Night on Earth (1991) - written, produced, and directed by
Jim Jarmusch. Five cities, five taxis, and a group of
strangers make for an interesting night. A collection of 5
stories that span continents, time zones, and languages.
One of the vignettes takes place in Paris and is in French.
Nikita (1990) - Thriller
about a street junkie who is picked up and recruited against her
will for training as a killer. She is transformed into a beautiful
and sophisticated woman, and soon falls in love with a soft-spoken
romantic. When she receives a call and is ordered to kill someone
she has to fight against the trap of her double life.
Directed by Luc Besson.
de (1966) - A
young Senegalese girl leaves to work for a European family in
Antibes. The harsh treatment leads her to commit suicide,
directed by Ousmane Sembene.
Mon oncle d'Amerique
(1980). When the French talk of having an American
uncle, they mean a very rich uncle. Roger Corman presents
Alain Resnais' Mon oncle d'Amerique: a case study of three
characters focusing on their pursuit of careers. This is intercut
with segments of a lecture from Prof. Henri Laborit, a behavioral
scientist speaking in pure documentary fashion, contributing his
theories on memory. Also intercuts footage from other movies.
Ne le dis à personne (2009) - Alex
Beck is a kindhearted pediatrician in Paris who goes out of his
way to help the poor in the clinic where he works. Blissfully
married to his childhood sweetheart Margot, she disappears (and he
is left in a coma) while on vacation. On the eighth anniversary of
her death, the police interrogate Alex after two bodies are
unearthed near the site of her murder, along items that seem to
connect him to Margot's death. Simultaneously, he receives an
anonymous e-mail message directing him to a Webcam video of a
woman who appears to be Margot. An attached message warns: "Tell
no one. They're watching." He begins a desperate undercover search
for the woman, believing Margot may still be alive.
A nos amours (1983) -
A study of a working class girl of fifteen who, looking for the
affection she is denied at home, enters a series of casual sexual
affairs, eventually marries, then leaves her husband to fly off to
America. Directed by Maurice Pialat.
La Nuit de Varennes (1982) - A Venetian lover, a Parisian author and an exiled American patriot cross paths in this exploration of human folly set in the France of Louis XVI. Directed by Ettore Scola.
Nuit et brouillard (1955)
- A bleak look at the aftermath of World War II. Some of the
concentration camp footage is quite graphic. Directed by
Orphée (1950) - Jean
Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his
encounter with death and the middle world.
Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) - a classic, as well
as a musical. Takes place in the 60's in northwestern
France. Stars a young Catherine Deneuve and directed by
Paris, je t'aime (2006) - "Stories
love from the city of love" 18 different directors tell love
stories in 16 diferent arrondissementsof
Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Gérard Depardieu, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Li Xin, Emily Mortimer, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Gena
Rowlands, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ludivine Sagnier, Elijah Wood
are featured among many others.
- un film de Marjane
Satrapi et Vincent Paronnaud. In 1970s Iran, Marjane
’Marji’ Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her
idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated
Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by
Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand
how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this
injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This
change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji as she finds
herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters
and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when
she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland
have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family
must decide where she truly belongs.
Pièces d'identités (1998) -
a Congolese film full of history and humor. A Congolese king
searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses
his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local
cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of
coincidence (it must be destined), Mani Kongo is reunited with his
daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of
friends. The western world from an African
perspective. Directed by Mweze Ngangura.
Pierrot le fou (1965) - a film directed by Jean-Luc
Godard. Offbeat, influential road story about a man and
woman on the lam in southern France.
La promesse (1996) - The life of a fifteen-year old changes forever when he makes a promise to a dying man. Directed by acclaimed Belgian filmmakers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Quai des orfèvres (1947) - Description: Set within
the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s
Paris, a singer with "stars in her eyes" ignores the protest
of her covetous husband and pursues a meeting with a lecherous
movie financier. When her husband attempts to crash the
rendevous, murder ensues. Enter the detective, whose seasoned
instincts lead him down a circuitous path of alibis.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer (1996) - A
boy born during a lunar eclipse in Madagascar survives
abandonment and inherits magical powers. Directed by
Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) - A tale of a lonely Parisian
youth, buffeted by school and family problems. The first in
the Antoine Doinel series by New Wave director François
La Règle du jeu
(1939) - Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this
scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend
hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the
aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities
of the servants downstairs. Directed by Jean Renoir.
La Reine Margot (1995) - about the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of the Huguenots in France and an the crazy royals of that period, an epic tale, somewhatviolent, with some of France's best actors including Daniel Auteil, IsabelleAdjani & Vincent Perez)
Rachida (2002) - un film de Yamina
Bachir-Chouikh. Rachida lives and teaches in an old
neighborhood in Algeria. Like most Algerians, she thinks she is
far removed from the bloody conflict the country is in, until
one day she is attacked by a terrorist group. The terrorists ask
her to plant a bomb in her school. When she refuses, they shoot
her in cold blood. Miraculously, she lives and seeks refuge in a
neighboring village. In Arabic and French.
Ridicule (1996) - In a desperate quest
to save his hometown, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit
is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis
XVI. Directed by Patrice Leconte.
Rue Cases-nègres (1983) - A young boy is encouraged by his grand-mother to continue his studies in order to escape poverty in Martinique. Discussion of peoples' lives during and after slavery. The protagonist has a spiritual father who tells him tales of his ancestors in Africa and their passage to Martinique. Directed by Euzhan Palcy.
Sans toit ni loi (1985) - Mona, an aimless drifter in the
French countryside, deeply touches the lives of the people she
meets and confronts them with her own ideas of freedom. Directed
by Agnès Varda.
Le Scafandre et le papillon (The
Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2008)
Julian Schnabel. The French editor of Elle magazine,
Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43,
suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his
left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby
eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from
the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body
to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his
Un Soleil à Kaboul -- ou
plutôt deux (2007)
"Ariane Mnouchkine and her troupe, the Théâtre du Soleil,
travelled to Afphanistan to hold a workshop in Kabul. This
humble mission gave birth, amongst the ruins of Kabul, to a
young Afghan troup, the Theatre Aftab, asmall Théâtre du Soleil
in Central Asia.
Tatie Danielle (1992)
- A cantankerous, demanding, manipulative
malcontent who must be waited on hand and foot methodically
torments everyone around her in this biting comedy about not aging
gracefully. When she moves in with her great nephew, it doesn't
take long for the entire household to realize that taking in
Auntie Danielle was a big mistake. Something along the lines of
"Throw Mamma From the Train". Directed by Étienne
Le temps retrouvé (1999) -
Set in 1922, this film opens with Proust on his deathbed
remembering his life. Gradually his own experiences give way to
the characters in his novel.
Directed by Raoul Ruiz.
Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) - A timid cafe pianist has given up his career as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. Events force his involvement with gangsters who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life. A spoof of American gangster movies. Directed by François Truffaut.
Toto le héros (1991)
- Since childhood, Thomas Van Hasebroeck (Michel Bouquet)
has been consumed by a nagging belief: that he was switched at
birth with the rich neighbor's boy who enjoyed the life Thomas
should have led. Now, after sixty years, Thomas wants
revenge. Directed by Jaco van Dormael.
Tous les matins du monde (1991). The life of a famous classical composer. If you like classical music, this film isfor you. Stars Gérard Depardieu and his son. Directed by Alain Corneau.
Tout va bien (1972) -
written/directed by Jean Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin. The story of a wildcat strike at a
sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter and her
has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a
free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective
leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and
revolution in post-1968 France.
Trois couleurs--bleu (1993), Trois couleurs--blanc (1994), Trois couleus--rouge (1994), This is a serious of three films, each named for a color in the French flag. By the late Krystoff Kieslowski. See them in order, if you're going tosee all three. The first is "blue" about grief and healing with Juliet Binoche, the second "blanc" is about marriage with Juliet Delphy and "rouge" is about passion with Irène Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
La vie en rose (La
(2007) - about the life of the singer Edith Piaf.
Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by
her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her
teen years on the streets. She is finally "rescued" by a crime
figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her
international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly,
malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs
or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight
boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something
to live for, besides her music--at least for a while.
Marian Cotillard won an Oscar for her performance.
La Vie Rêvée des anges (1998)
- the lead actresses both won prizes at Cannes in 1998 for
this movie. Optimistic hobo Isa, with her life in her
backpack, has a gritty existence on the road, going from one town
to another through northern France, working factory jobs and
selling cards. After she loses a garment-factory job, her coworker
Marie lets Isa share space in her Lille living quarters, an
apartment belonging to a hospitalized mother and daughter. Isa
goes through two tempestous relationships, while becoming
fascinated with the girl who lived in the apartment but now lies
in a coma at the hospital. Directed by Erick Zonka.
Les Visiteurs (1993) - A wacky medieval knight and
his faithful servant are suddenly transported into the present
day. They begin an all-out comic assault on their former castle
--now a luxury hotel--in their quest to return to the past.
Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré.
Les Visiteurs du soir (1942) - In the Middle Ages, the Devil sends two envoys, Giles and Dominique, who were selfish lovers on earth, to a chateau to intervene in the betrothal between the count and Lady Anne. Since the count and Lady Anne were not truly in love their betrothal is destroyed, but Giles finds true love in his seduction of Anne. The Devil himself arrives and sets everyone at odds. Directed by Marcel Carné.
Vivement dimanche (1983)
- Truffaut expertly combines clever humor, tender
romance, and heart-stopping suspense for this thriller in the
tradition of the Hollywood detective genre.
curse) (1995) - In a mythical
African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the
post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the
world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in
impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet
comical results. Directed by Ousmane Sembene.