Tag Archives: french

Lancelot du lac / Lancelot of the Lake (1974) Robert Bresson, Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Drama, History, Romance

Lancelot du lac (1974)
Having failed in their quest for the Holy Grail, the knights of the Round Table return to Camelot, their number reduced to a mere handful. Seeing a rift developing between Lancelot and Mordred, Arthur urges his knights to bury their differences and become friends. However, the king is unaware that Lancelot is having an affair with his queen, Guinevere. Lancelot is torn between his duty to his king and his love for the queen, whilst Mordred is determined to use his infidelity to destroy him.
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Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti / A Chef in Love (1996) Nana Dzhordzhadze, Nino Kirtadze, Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Comedy, Romance

Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti (1996)
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal’s lover translates his memoirs for Pascal’s niece.
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La lune dans le caniveau / The Moon in the Gutter (1983) Jean-Jacques Beineix, Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski, Victoria Abril, Drama

La lune dans le caniveau (1983)
In Marseilles, a woman commits suicide after she is raped in an alley. Nightly, her brother Gerard broods at the scene hoping to catch the rapist. He lives with his lover Bella whom he neglects, an alcoholic brother who lurks about, and his father who’s stayed drunk since the daughter’s death, ignoring work and his own companion. At a seedy bar, Gerard meets a wealthy, nihilistic hedonist and his beautiful sister. Gerard flips for her and thinks she’s his ticket out of the slum. Bella warns him otherwise and also, in jealousy, sets two thugs on him. Then Gerard thinks he’s found his sister’s rapist. These emotional crises force Gerard to choose what’s most important.
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Le château de verre / The Glass Castle (1950) René Clément, Michèle Morgan, Jean Marais, Jean Servais, Drama

Le chateau de verre (1950)
Laurent Bertal is a successful attorney who lives in Berne with his beautiful and adoring wife Evelyne. Theirs appears to be the perfect marriage, but while on holiday in Italy Evelyne falls in love with a young Frenchman, Rémy. While Evelyne is profoundly unsettled by this romantic entanglement, Rémy regards it as a mere distraction and soon heads back to Paris where he lives with his mistress, Marion. One day, Evelyne is overjoyed when she receives an invitation from Rémy to spend a weekend with him in Paris. The morning after their first night together in Rémy’s apartment, Evelyne accidentally breaks a glass ornament in the shape of a castle. The incident proves to be an omen of bad luck.
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I… comme Icare / I as in Icarus (1979) Henri Verneuil, Yves Montand, Michel Albertini, Roland Amstutz, Crime, Drama, Mystery

I... comme Icare (1979)
After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members of the investigation committee refuses to sign the final report and is given the task of investigating once more. In the course of his search he finds evidence that casts serious doubt on the committee’s “lone-gunman” theory… A very bold film that basically told the “JFK” story thinly disguised as having taken place not in the US.
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Je vous trouve très beau / You Are So Beautiful (2005) Isabelle Mergault, Michel Blanc, Medeea Marinescu, Wladimir Yordanoff, Comedy, Romance

Je vous trouve tres beau (2005)
When farmer Aymé Pigrenet loses his wife, he is not exactly overwhelmed by sorrow, rather by the sheer amount of work that suddenly falls on his shoulders. Soon, he realizes he won’t make it alone and he needs another companion to cope with it. But finding a new spouse is no simple task in his small rural town: Aymé turns to a matchmaker who quickly understands that he’s not after a soul mate and advises him to go to Romania where young women will do anything to escape poverty. And indeed, it’s in Romania that Aymé meets Elena…
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Juste avant la nuit / Just Before Nightfall (1971) Claude Chabrol, Celia, Marina Ninchi, Michel Bouquet, Crime, Drama

Juste avant la nuit (1971)
Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. Charles strangles Laura when one of their S&M games goes too far. Dazed, Charles walks out of the borrowed apartment in Paris and soon bumps into François in a nearby bistro. They drive back together to Versailles, where they have beautiful neighboring houses designed by François. The owner of the apartment had seen Laura and Charles together two months earlier, but she does not tell the police on the advice of François. Even though the police do not seem to have any clues to the crime, Charles has a difficult time coping with the situation, and trying to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hélène.
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