Tag Archives: France

Le petit baigneur / The Little Bather (1968) Robert Dhéry, Louis de Funès, Andréa Parisy, Franco Fabrizi, Comedy

Le petit baigneur (1968)
Louis-Philippe Fourchaume, another typical lead-role for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial CEO of a French company which designs and produces sail yachts, and fires in yet another tantrum his designer André Castagnier, not realizing that man is his only chance to land a vital contract with the Italian magnate Marcello Cacciaperotti. So he has to find him at his extremely rural birthplace in ‘la France profonde’, which proves a torturous odyssey for the spoiled rich man; when he does get there his torment is far from over: the country bumpkin refuses to resume his slavish position now the shoe is on the other foot, so Fourchaume is dragged along in the boorish family life, and at times unable to control his temper, which may cost him more credit then he painstakingly builds up…

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L’amour par terre / Love on the Ground (1984) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, André Dussollier, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

L'amour par terre (1984)
One of Jacques Rivette’s most accessible films – a reflection on theatre and life, mixed with playful references to haunted-house thrillers and mysterious-mansion whodunnits. The plot concerns semi-professional actors Emily (Jane Birkin) and Charlotte (Geraldine Chaplin) and their small theatrical troupe who are brought to a famous playwright’s (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) ornate, decaying mansion to perform a work-in-progress that seems to mirror some unexplained recent events in the author’s own life. The play does not have a final act, the playwright tells his guests, because the story isn’t over yet…

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Le notti di Cabiria / The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Drama

Le notti di Cabiria (1957)
Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna’s intercession, then she meets an accountant who’s seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart’s longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is?

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Gori Vatra / Fuse (2003) Pjer Zalica, Enis Beslagic, Bogdan Diklic, Sasa Petrovic, Comedy, Drama

Gori Vatra (2003)
In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there’s a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body’s missing. Adnan’s siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father’s decline. It’s announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children’s choir learns “House of the Rising Sun.” Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother’s death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.

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Macadam / Back Streets of Paris (1946) Jacques Feyder, Marcel Blistène, Françoise Rosay, Andrée Clément, Simone Signoret, Crime, Drama

Macadam (1946)
Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a suspended sentence, she now indulges in smuggling. One day, Victor, one of her former accomplices hounded by the police, finds sanctuary with her. During a drinking spree, he has the bad idea to entrust to her a suitcase filled with bank notes, a loot with which Victor hopes to rebuild his life in South America. But Rose, lured by temptation, betrays Victor, who is arrested by the police. However, he manages to escape with only one thing in mind, to take revenge on Rose…

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