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La nuit fantastique / Fantastic Night (1942) Marcel L’Herbier, Fernand Gravey, Micheline Presle, Saturnin Fabre, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

La nuit fantastique (1942)
Denis is distracted: he’s studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus, whenever he closes his eyes, he dreams of a mysterious woman in white. His girlfriend Nina is annoyed at him for his inattention, so she steps out behind his back with a friend of his. One night, while napping at the flower mart, he pursues the mystery woman in what he thinks is a dream, and finds himself with her in a restaurant with her father and her fiancé, then on to a magic shop, the Louvre, a nightclub, and a mental asylum. During the night, he discovers a plot against her, and still believing it’s a dream, goes to great lengths to try to save her.
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Le petit lieutenant / The Young Lieutenant (2005) Xavier Beauvois, Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem, Crime, Drama

Le petit lieutenant (2005)
When a fresh young police academy graduate from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure world of the Parisian homicide squad, his schoolteacher wife is reluctant to go with him. He moves into a rooming house that caters to single cops as he embraces his fellow officers as an extended family. He becomes close to an Arab officer and his boss, a very professional but lonely, middle-aged female detective who is also a recovering alcoholic. Routine police procedure gives way to an intensive search among the city’s homeless for an undocumented Russian immigrant who may be responsible for a series of violent crimes.
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Le battement d’ailes du papillon / Happenstance (2000) Laurent Firode, Audrey Tautou, Faudel, Eric Savin, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Le battement d'ailes du papillon (2000)
Chance, volition, and the large effects of tiny causes swirl through Paris on a single day. A clerk born 11 March 1977 hears her horoscope on the way to work: today she’ll meet her true love, but she must be patient. Before the day ends under a full moon, twenty lives intersect time and again in unpredictable, connected ways: a jilted lover holds a souvenir pebble, a stolen coffee maker looks suspicious at a Metro stop, a yellow rain slicker is passed on as a gift, lettuce causes a bicycle accident, a leaf betrays an habitual liar who’s just told the truth, and an Algerian waiter, also born 11 March 1977, sees a bug cross a tablecloth. Magical sand from the Sahara is in the air.
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Rien de personnel / The Ordinary People (2009) Mathias Gokalp, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Denis Podalydès, Mélanie Doutey, Drama

Rien de personnel (2009)
A pharmaceutical company throws a gala party where all the employees from the top to the bottom are invited. Asked to participate in a role playing game which is actually a massive training simulation for the management team, rumors begin to circulate the the company may be acquired and everyone begins vying to save his or her own skin.
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Les caves du Majestic / Majestic Hotel Cellars (1945) Richard Pottier, Albert Préjean, Suzy Prim, Jacques Baumer, Crime, Drama

Les caves du Majestic (1945)
In my “cellar” where case workers all the people of a great hotel, the head of the café, Donge, finds the corpse of Mrs Petersen, a rich client. The investigation by Maigret allows him to rub the husband of the victim, a Swede, Teddy, Ms Petersen’s son, his housekeeper, a social dancer and Donge himself who is the natural father of Teddy. The child he will go to his real father or not he will leave the rich Petersen who adores? The murder mystery and enigma sentimental are resolved by Maigret.
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