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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Une place parmi les vivants / A Place Among the Living (2003) Raoul Ruiz, Christian Vadim, Thierry Gibault, Valérie Kaprisky, Drama
Paris 1958. “Existentialist” crimes are being committed in the eighteenth arrondissement of Paris. Who is this serial killer who dares call himself a… poet? Could it be Joseph, whom everybody in Pigalle knows as Loulou ? That is at least what he accuses himself of. But who on earth could picture him as the monstrous killer ?…
L’amour par terre / Love on the Ground (1984) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, André Dussollier, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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…
Le notti di Cabiria / The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Drama
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?
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.
Macadam / Back Streets of Paris (1946) Jacques Feyder, Marcel Blistène, Françoise Rosay, Andrée Clément, Simone Signoret, Crime, Drama
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…
Vladimir et Rosa / Vladimir and Rosa (1971) Groupe Dziga Vertov, Jean-Luc Godard, Yves Afonso, Juliet Berto, Jean-Luc Godard, Drama, History
In Godard and Gorin’s free interpretation of the Chicago Eight trial, Judge Hoffman becomes Judge Himmler (who doodles notes on Playboy centerfolds), the Chicago Eight become microcosms of French revolutionary society, and Godard and Gorin play Lenin and Karl Rosa, respectively, discussing politics and how to show them through the cinema.
Mein Name ist Bach / My Name Is Bach (2003) Dominique de Rivaz, Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Biography, Drama
Antinea. the Queen of Atlantis, rules her secret kingdom hidden beneath the Sahara Desert. One day two lost explorers stumble into her kingdom, and soon realize that they haven’t really been saved–Antinea has a habit of taking men as lovers, then when she’s done with them, she kills them and keeps them mummified.
Justin de Marseille (1935) Maurice Tourneur, Antonin Berval, Pierre Larquey, Alexandre Rignault, Crime, Drama
At the head of a gang of drug traffickers, Justin, has in principle left to tread. But he is respected for his outright rejection of injustice and his propensity to help the weak and needy, with the risk of putting his life in danger. Esposito, a head of a gang, rivals for control of the underworld in Marseille 30.