Lancelot du lac / Lancelot of the Lake (1974) Robert Bresson, Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Drama, History, Romance

Lancelot du lac (1974)
Having failed in their quest for the Holy Grail, the knights of the Round Table return to Camelot, their number reduced to a mere handful. Seeing a rift developing between Lancelot and Mordred, Arthur urges his knights to bury their differences and become friends. However, the king is unaware that Lancelot is having an affair with his queen, Guinevere. Lancelot is torn between his duty to his king and his love for the queen, whilst Mordred is determined to use his infidelity to destroy him.

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La più bella serata della mia vita / The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life (1972) Ettore Scola, Alberto Sordi, Michel Simon, Charles Vanel, Comedy, Drama, Mystery

La piu bella serata della mia vita (1972)
A successful businessman whose destiny leads him to a secluded Swiss chalet where his life is put on trial by a group of retired law professionals. The men assemble to analyze Sordi’s rise to power and his increasingly immoral behavior as he attained success, and the warped perceptions of right and wrong he has adopted to remain successful.

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Shinjû: Ten no amijima / Double Suicide (1969) Masahiro Shinoda, Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Drama

Shinju Ten no amijima AKA Double Suicide (1969)
Set in Osaka in the 18th century, the film centers on the doomed romance between Jihei (Kichiemon Nakamura), a down and out married paper merchant passionately in love with doe-eyed courtesan Koharu (Shima Iwashita), whom he cannot afford to buy out of servitude. Koharu herself has also fallen in love with Jihei; she even starts turning away other patrons to be with him. Their love is further imperiled by Tahei (Hosei Komatsu), a rich, obnoxious merchant who flaunts his ability to buy Koharu’s indenture. Suicide is the only way for the two to be together.

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Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti / A Chef in Love (1996) Nana Dzhordzhadze, Nino Kirtadze, Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Comedy, Romance

Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti (1996)
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal’s lover translates his memoirs for Pascal’s niece.

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La lune dans le caniveau / The Moon in the Gutter (1983) Jean-Jacques Beineix, Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski, Victoria Abril, Drama

La lune dans le caniveau (1983)
In Marseilles, a woman commits suicide after she is raped in an alley. Nightly, her brother Gerard broods at the scene hoping to catch the rapist. He lives with his lover Bella whom he neglects, an alcoholic brother who lurks about, and his father who’s stayed drunk since the daughter’s death, ignoring work and his own companion. At a seedy bar, Gerard meets a wealthy, nihilistic hedonist and his beautiful sister. Gerard flips for her and thinks she’s his ticket out of the slum. Bella warns him otherwise and also, in jealousy, sets two thugs on him. Then Gerard thinks he’s found his sister’s rapist. These emotional crises force Gerard to choose what’s most important.

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Het mes / The Knife (1961) Fons Rademakers, Reitze van der Linden, Marie-Louise Videc, Ellen Vogel, Drama

Het mes (1961)
A young boy coming into puberty is resentful of his mother’s budding romance with the best friend of her late husband, and is torn and confused about his emerging feelings for Toni, a young girl in his neighborhood. His fascination with an antique Oriental knife leads him to steal it and he uses it to try to impress Toni while at the same time trying to break up his mother’s relationhip.

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Le château de verre / The Glass Castle (1950) René Clément, Michèle Morgan, Jean Marais, Jean Servais, Drama

Le chateau de verre (1950)
Laurent Bertal is a successful attorney who lives in Berne with his beautiful and adoring wife Evelyne. Theirs appears to be the perfect marriage, but while on holiday in Italy Evelyne falls in love with a young Frenchman, Rémy. While Evelyne is profoundly unsettled by this romantic entanglement, Rémy regards it as a mere distraction and soon heads back to Paris where he lives with his mistress, Marion. One day, Evelyne is overjoyed when she receives an invitation from Rémy to spend a weekend with him in Paris. The morning after their first night together in Rémy’s apartment, Evelyne accidentally breaks a glass ornament in the shape of a castle. The incident proves to be an omen of bad luck.

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