Fisshu sutôrî / Fish Story (2009) Yoshihiro Nakamura, Vincent Giry, Gaku Hamada, Atsushi Itô, Action, Comedy, Music

Fisshu sutori (2009)
In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his customers that the world is not coming to an end. He plays a forgotten song recorded by an obscure band 37 years ago, and insists that somehow, this song will save the world. A series of short stories spans the years from the recording of the song in 1975 to the modern day, and shows how–in roundabout fashion–the man in the music store is absolutely right.
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Le président / The President (1961) Henri Verneuil, Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, Renée Faure, Thriller

Le president (1961)
At 73, France’s ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In particular, his relationship with Philippe Chalamont comes into play: Chalamont seems in line to be the next Prime Minister, and Beaufort’s history with him is long, deep, and problematic. As Beaufort dictates his memoirs, his narrative take us to occasions, 15 and 20 years before, in which Chalamont and he clashed. Chalamont is not without talent and guile: he comes directly to Beaufort to see if they can sort things out. What will Beaufort, ill health and all, do?
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Les égarés / Strayed (2003) André Téchiné, Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Drama, Romance, War

Les egares (2003)
June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he’s seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires.
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La belle histoire / The Beautiful Story (1992) Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lanvin, Béatrice Dalle, Vincent Lindon, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La belle histoire (1992)
Jesus is a French gypsy who might have become a bull fighter had he not been framed on a drug charge and sent to prison. Odona is a con artist pursued and protected by a Paris policeman. Marie, who knew Jesus as a girl, loses her job when she teaches reincarnation and lets her young students kiss honey bees. All experience love, all suffer losses, and all seek peace. Throughout, Jesus’s colorful gypsy family provides dance and music, mystery and celebration. As part of the reincarnation theme, the main characters appear in flashbacks set during the time of Christ and the persecution of early Christians.
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