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Director: Fred Cavayé
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Diane Kruger, Lancelot Roch and Olivier Marchal
Lisa and Julien are married and lead a happy uneventful life with their son Oscar. But their life radically changes one morning when the police come to arrest Lisa on murder charges. She's convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Convinced of his wife's innocence, Julien decides to act. How far will he be willing to go for her?
Director: Régis Wargnier
Starring: Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menchikov and Catherine Deneuve
Based on real events. At the end of World War II, Stalin invited Russians who had fled the country to return. Talented young doctor, Alexei Golovine, accompanied by his French bride Marie and their son, optimistically return to the Soviet Union. Their arrival is a rude one - interrogations are followed by the grim reality of post-war Soviet Union: shared apartments, suspicious neighbors and lack of privacy.
Marie soon starts to rebel against the circumstances but her husband finds that his talents are needed and appreciated by the authorities so he starts to get ahead. Marie meets up with a touring French actress and soon faces a terrifying choice: to leave her husband and child for freedom or stay and confront a grim future.
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu and Marie Gillain
In May 1944, a group of French servicewomen and resistance fighters are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive commando group under the command of Louise Desfontaines and her brother Pierre. Their mission - to rescue a British army geologist caught reconnoitering the beaches at Normandy and to kill a German SS colonel who is close to figuring out the imminent secret of D-Day - proves to be emotional and brutal.
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette and Stanislas Carré de Malberg
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Director: Régis Wargnier
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham and Jean Yanne
Set in 1930 in French Indochina against a backdrop of political tension between the French and Vietnamese. Eliane Devries is the seemingly repressed owner of a prosperous rubber plantation. Her steely exterior, however, is only a mask intended to hide her torrid love affairs from upper class society. But when her adopted Indochinese daughter innocently falls in love with Eliane's secret lover, the scandalous lovers' triangle threatens to destroy their entire family.
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Clotilde Courau and Jean-Pierre Martins
Biography of legendary Parisian singer Edith Piaf, whose passion for her music saw her through a life filled with tragedy. From her forlorn childhood in a brothel to her big break at Louis Leplée's nightclub and her premature death at the age of 47.
Little Nicholas (2009)
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Sandrine Kiberlain, François-Xavier Demaison, Daniel Prévost, Michel Galabru, Anémone, Victor Carles, Damien Ferdel, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Benjamin Averty, Germain Petit Damico, Virgil Tirard and Michel Duchaussoy
Nicolas has a happy existence: parents who love him and a group of friends with whom he has great fun. All he wants is for nothing to change. However, one day he overhears a conversation between his parents that leads him to believe his mother is pregnant. Horrified, he envisions a scenario where a new baby brother arrives and crowds him out of the house, leaving his parents with no time to care for him. Nicolas and his friends then cook up a series of wild schemes to dispose of the baby.
Directors: Marie Pérennou and Claude Nuridsany
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas (narrator)
A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.
Directors: Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud
In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned sparks warfare between two tribes of ants.
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie and Lucien Frégis
Mr Hulot comes to visit his sister and her family, the Arpels, where Hulot's nephew, Gerard, is drowning in boredom. Hulot's bohemian provincial home life contrasts with the modern, gadget-filled concrete and glass home belonging to his relations. When Mr. Arpel contrives to secure Hulot a position at his rubber tubing factory, Mrs. Arpel simultaneously conspires to fix him up with an eccentric neighbor.
My Favorite Season (1993)
Director: André Téchiné
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Marthe Villalonga, Jean-Pierre Bouvier, Chiara Mastroianni and Carmen Chaplin
French drama about two estranged adult siblings who are forced to reunite when their elderly widowed mother suffers a stroke.
Director: François Dupeyron
Starring: Éric Caravaca, Denis Podalydès, Grégori Derangère and Sabine Azéma
The first days of World War I. Adrien, a young and handsome lieutenant, is wounded by a piece of shrapnel. He will spend the entire wartime at the Val-de-Grâce Hospital, in Paris. Five long years and his life will change forever...
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier and Kristin Scott Thomas
Pediatrician Alexandre Beck still misses his beloved wife Margot, who was brutally murdered eight years ago when he was the prime suspect. When two bodies are found near where Margot's corpse was dumped, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes suspect again. The mystery increases when Alex receives an e-mail containing a video clip showing Margot older and alive.
Starring: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Maïwenn, Riccardo Scamarcio, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot and Frédéric Pierrot
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department's Child Protection Unit - arresting child molesters, busting underage pickpockets, interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, chewing over relationship issues at lunch, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it.
How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group's hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
Director: Jacques Doillon
Starring: Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton, Marie Trintignant, Xavier Beauvois and Claire Nebout
An extremely captivating movie on how a little girl copes with her mother's death. She withdraws from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back. She tries waiting and, when her mother still doesn't appear, tries magic chants, praying to God and then becoming a child of God, to have some power over Him. All to no avail.
But then, when she is in despair, her mother does come back ...
The Prey (2011)
Director: Eric Valette
Starring: Albert Dupontel, Alice Taglioni, Stéphane Debac, Natacha Régnie, Sergi López, Caterina Murino, Zinedine Soualem, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Serge Hazanavicius, Jean-Marie Winling, Jaïa Caltagirone and Hugo Becker
Bank-robber Franck Adrien is serving a prison sentence after robbing a national bank. Before he was caught he managed to hide the money but now it's not just the police who are looking for the money. His cell-mate is Jean-Louis Maurel, an alleged rapist/child molester who claims his innocence. When the court finds Maurel not guilty, Maurel promises to look after Franck's family when he gets out. But one day, a man called Manuel Carrega tells Franck that Maurel is a suspected serial killer and that Franck's family is in danger. Franck escapes from prison and police officer Claire Linné and her team take up the chase.
Sarah's Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Aidan Quinn and Frédéric Pierrot
In modern-day Paris, an American journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young Jewish girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent and Geneviève Mnich
Drama based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring (voices): Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda and Michel Robin
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters - an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire - to rescue him.
The Visitors (1993)
Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Starring: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier, Marie-Anne Chazel and Christian Bujeau
When an 11th century knight and his loyal servant try to go back in time, they are accidentally transported to the 20th century by a senile sorcerer. The knight tracks down one of his descendents to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes of the 1990s.
A list of my favorite films about France and/or French people.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
Published 4 years, 5 months ago
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