Tag Archives: french

Jenny (1936) Marcel Carné

Jenny (1936)
When her fiancé breaks off their engagement, Danielle leaves London and returns to her mother, Jenny, in Paris. With her business partner Benoît, Jenny runs what appears to be a respectable nightclub – it is in fact a place where wealthy men can buy the favours of attractive young women. Oblivious to her mother’s professional and personal life, Danielle meets a handsome young man named Lucien, and falls in love with him – not realising that he is Jenny’s lover…

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La vie est un roman / Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) Alain Resnais

La vie est un roman (1983)
Three intertwined tales. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by brainwashing his friends, including his former fiancee, Livia, and her husband. In the present day, the castle is being used as an alternative school and, in the summer holidays, for an educational conference. At the conference, the American Nora Winkle bets Claudine that the ernest public school teacher Elisabeth Rousseau will be enticed into the bed of Robert Dufresne, even though the principal speaker, Walter Guarini, is obviously interested in Elisabeth. Meanwhile, the children staying at the castle over the holidays invent their own medieval tale about freeing prisoners from the dungeons.

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Bunker Palace Hôtel (1989) Enki Bilal

Bunker Palace Hotel (1989)
In an imaginary dictature of a futuristic world, rebellion has broken out. The men in power scramble to the Bunker Palace Hotel, a bunker built long ago for just this kind of contingency. But a rebel spy sneaks in, and although her nature is very quickly suspected, she is left to observe the raving of the decadent power class, who keeps wondering what happened to their leader, who has failed to show up.

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J’irai comme un cheval fou / I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse (1973) Fernando Arrabal

J'irai comme un cheval fou (1973)
When his mother dies, the police want to talk to Aden Rey, but Aden, a guilt-ridden epileptic, has left for the desert. There he comes upon Marvel, a noble savage. Aden, Marvel, and Marvel’s goat become companions through travels, a wedding, an examination of Aden’s role in his mother’s passing, a trial, additional deaths, and various meals. There are also flashbacks to Aden’s childhood and his relationship to his mother. Meanwhile, the police step up their efforts to find Aden.

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Une flamme dans mon coeur / A Flame in My Heart (1987) Alain Tanner, Myriam Mézières, Benoît Régent, Azize Kabouche, Drama

Une flamme dans mon coeur (1987)
The film relates the painful ending of a love story binding an over-30-year-old woman and a North African, and the beginning and end of a relationship she also has with an “established” journalist. The stories illustrate the absolute claim of a woman who can understand love only in terms of life and death, an attitude that generally makes love appear dramatic, but at least burning and flickering, like the flame that glows in her heart.

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Elles étaient cinq / The Five of Us (2004) Ghyslaine Côté, Jacinthe Laguë, Julie Deslauriers, Ingrid Falaise, Crime, Drama

Elles etaient cinq (2004)
In Montreal, the teenagers Manon, Anne, Isa, Claudie and Sophie are friends since their childhood. While spending a couple of days in the cottage of Sophie’s parents nearby a lake, the girls decide to give a party, and Manon and Sophie hitch for a ride to the town in a jeep to buy some beers and supplies and they invite the driver to the party. On the return, the same driver stops the car and later Sophie is found stabbed, raped and covered of blood. Fifteen years later, Manon sees the guy in a car-wash and she invites her former friends to return to the house nearby the lake, where wounds of their traumatic loss are disclosed.

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Boule de suif / Angel and Sinner (1945) Christian-Jaque, Micheline Presle, Berthe Bovy, Louise Conte, Drama

Boule de suif (1945)
This film is an adaptation of two stories by Guy de Maupassant, Tallow Ball and Mademoiselle Fifi. The trip by stagecoach to a frightened group of inhabitants of Rouen. The girl said Rousset, “suet ball” makes them a signal service, she encounters their stupidity and their sufficiency. Later, “suet ball” kills the dreaded Prussian lieutenant that his friends had nicknamed Fifi and shamelessly spread his love of plunder and his sadistic inclinations. It is a very patriotic film, directed to the liberation of France and is far from being detached from the context.

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