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Folle à tuer / Mad Enough to Kill (1975) Yves Boisset, Marlène Jobert, Tomas Milian, Thomas Waintrop, Drama, Thriller

Folle a tuer (Yves Boisset, 1975)
Julie Ballenger has spent the last five years in a psychiatric clinic. Leaving the clinic, apparently cured, she is engaged by a wealthy industrialist, Mostri, to work as a governess to his young nephew, Thomas. The boy is heir to a huge fortune after the recent death of his wealthy parents, in mysterious circumstances. During a visit to a park, Julie and Thomas are kidnapped at gun-point and driven away to deserted quarry. The two hostages manage to escape, but are closely pursued by an armed killer…

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Cartouche / Swords of Blood (1962) Philippe de Broca, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Action, Comedy, Adventure

Cartouche (Philippe de Broca, 1962)
In the 18th century, Louis de Bourguignon is working with the Malichot’s gang, but their ways are too ‘unethical’ for him. He creates his own band, acting under the name of Cartouche, making audacious robberies of the rich people, and even distributing the takings with the poor. Thus, cartouche attracts the people’s sympathies, Venus’s love, and hate from the Police and Malichot… Cartouche can escape all the traps they set at him – except the entrapments of love. Eventually, he will be saved by a woman, at her own cost.

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Va savoir / Who Knows? (2001) Jacques Rivette, Jeanne Balibar, Sergio Castellitto, Marianne Basler, Comedy, Crime, Drama

Va savoir (2001)
The theatre world is a familiar setting for the films of Rivette. In Va savoir, the characters, all quick-witted, well-read and cultured types, revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romance and theft. In the end, everything lands on its feet and they all get the partner they deserve, but before then, long filmer Rivette takes two and a half hours to dwell lightly on the vicissitudes around the six protagonists. Camille is an actress with an Italian company that is in Paris to perform a play by Pirandello, Come tu mi vuoi. Her boyfriend Ugo is the director and the company’s most important actor. Both have a hidden agenda for their trip to Paris: Camille meets her ex Pierre, a professor of philosophy, while Ugo is secretly researching a supposedly lost play by Goldoni. In the archives, he is assisted by the charming student Do, who steals his heart. In turn, Do has a link with Pierre: her stepbrother, the playwright Arthur, namely steals an expensive ring from …

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36 vues du Pic Saint Loup / Around a Small Mountain (2009) Jacques Rivette, Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Comedy, Drama

36 vues du Pic Saint Loup AKA Around a Small Mountain (2009)
Kate (Jane Birkin) is driving along a winding mountain road when her car stalls. Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) happens along, stops, and fixes her car without ever speaking to her. After he drives away, he slows down and decides to turn back. Something about the woman has interested him.
Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s traveling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions fifteen years ago. Kate’s lover was killed during a performance. Intrigued by Kate’s story, Vittorio stays for the show, and then decides to stay in town for a while, booking the room above a local cafe. He begins to attend all the shows, fascinated by the circus and the lives of its performers—all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
When the circus caravan leaves town, Vittorio follows. With nowhere to go and nothing else to do, both he and Kate seem to be running away with the circus. Gradually he learns about the buried past of the circus and the buried careers of its performers.

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Haut bas fragile / Up, Down, Fragile (1995) Jacques Rivette, Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Côte, Comedy, Musical, Mystery

Haut bas fragile AKA Up, Down, Fragile (1995)
The film follows the story of three girls in contemporary Paris. One searches for her lost mother since she knows she’s adopted. The other has come out of a coma and needs to have a love relationship aside from his mysterious father. The third one is a crook who redeems herself through love. The action is commented by songs and dance routines.

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La religieuse / The Nun (1966) Jacques Rivette, Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Drama

La religieuse AKA The Nun (1966)
In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior (Madame de Moni, Sister Sainte-Christine, and Madame de Chelles) treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne’s virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot.

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Ne touchez pas la hache / Duchess Of Langeais (2007) Jacques Rivette, Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Drama, Music, Romance

Ne touchez pas la hache AKA Duchess Of Langeais (2007)
In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched for her. Flash back to their meeting in Paris, he recently returned from Africa, she married and part of the highest society. She flirts with him, and soon he’s captivated. His behavior is possessive, insistent. Then, it is her turn to become obsessed. Letters, balls, scandal, a kidnapping, and an ultimatum bring her to the cloister and him to melancholy. Whose steel proved sharper? Is it tragic or grotesque?

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