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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The Island at the Top of the World (1974) Robert Stevenson, David Hartman, Donald Sinden, Jacques Marin, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.
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.
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.
Un enfant dans la foule / A Child in the Crowd (1976) Gérard Blain, Jean François Cimino, César Chauveau, Annie Kovaks, Drama
Deserted by his father, and dislocated by the Second World War, Paul is a boy who wants affection and attention and cannot find it at home. For a while, he becomes the pet of some German soldiers, running errands for them. Later, he helps the Resistance, and when the Americans come to stay, he is really in his element with them.
La décade prodigieuse / Ten Days Wonder (1971) Claude Chabrol, Anthony Perkins, Michel Piccoli, Marlène Jobert, Mystery, Drama
Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles’ young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness — a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder.
Le diable au corps / Devil in the Flesh (1947) Claude Autant-Lara, Micheline Presle, Gérard Philipe, Denise Grey, Romance, Drama
During World War I, underage student Francois Jaubert meets and falls in love with Marthe Grangier, who is engaged to Jacques, a soldier at the Front. Though Francois pursues her ardently, they become separated and she marries Jacques. But when Marthe and Francois meet again, their mutual feelings prove stronger than ever, and they begin an extramarital affair…regardless of potentially tragic consequences.
Secret défense / Secret Defense (1998) Jacques Rivette, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Grégoire Colin, Crime, Drama
A young biologist (Sylvie) is thrown into confusion when her brother (Paul) tries to persuade her that their father, who fell off a train five years ago, was actually killed by his right hand man (Walser). Walser now runs their father’s company. Sylvie is not convinced, but Paul has decided to have his revenge.
Les ripoux / My New Partner (1984) Claude Zidi, Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Comedy, Crime
Rene is a “ripou”, a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up with Francois, a young police school graduate with a righteous attitude. He is hard to break and Rene has to trick him. He introduces Francois to a charming girl and forgets to mention she’s a prostitute. Now Rene has something against Francois he can use in case his partner should want to reveal Rene’s little commerce with the underworld. The partners ultimately become friends, get one another out of a tough situation, and manage to gather enough money to buy Rene his lifelong dream: a small café near the horse tracks.