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L’aventurier / The Adventurer (1934) Marcel L’Herbier, Victor Francen, Blanche Montel, Henri Rollan, Drama

L'aventurier AKA The Adventurer (1934)
Étienne Ranson is the black sheep of his family. Having made his fortune in Tunisia, he returns to France and receives a cool reception from his uncle, Achille Guéroy, the owner of a glove factory in Grenoble. Guéroy is astounded when his nephew returns the money he had lent him and immediately looks at Étienne in a new light when it becomes apparent that he is now a very wealthy man. However, when Ranson is arrested for his involvement in a bloody riot in Tunisia, the family is quick to disown him again. When the charges against him are dropped, Ranson returns to Grenoble and intervenes to end a strike at the factory. Ranson then learns that his cousin Jacques has lost the company’s entire cash reserves through high-risk speculation. Aware that the Guéroys face ruin and dishonour, Ranson agrees to bail them out, on one condition: that he can marry his adopted cousin Geneviève. But she is already engaged to another man…

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Sibérie (2011) Bruno Dumont, Joana Preiss, Drama

Siberie (2011)
A couple on a trip with two small cameras to make a movie. On board the Trans-Siberian, they exchange about love, desire, cinema. Little by little, the camera becomes the means for each to track each other’s feelings. Over the unknown landscapes, the truth of their relationship is revealed.

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Le mari de la coiffeuse / The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990) Patrice Leconte, Jean Rochefort, Anna Galiena, Roland Bertin, Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
Twelve-year-old Antoine falls profoundly in love with a voluptuous but suicidal hairdresser, a formative experience he never forgets. Much later in life, he seeks to repeat his romance by marrying Mathilde – also voluptuous and also a hairdresser – with whom he forms an intimate and consuming relationship in an attempt to blot out the miseries of this world from their lives.

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Le Voyou / The Crook (1970) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Danièle Delorme, Charles Gérard, Crime, Thriller

Le Voyou AKA The Crook (1970)
When Simon (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is released from prison, he emerges with a bold kidnapping scheme. He enlists the help of an old cohort and his former lover, Martine (Christine Lelouch), to kidnap a young boy. The child’s father is an employee at a bank, and the three criminals blackmail the financial institution, demanding $1 million in ransom. Out of fear, the bank pays the sum, but the kidnappers may have bitten off more than they can chew.

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La joie de vivre / The Joy Of Living (2012) Jean-Pierre Améris, Anaïs Demoustier, Swann Arlaud, Marianne Basler, Drama, Romance

La joie de vivre (2012)
1863, ten-year-old Pauline’s parents have died, and she comes to live with the Chanteaus, relatives on her father’s side, in the seaside village of Bonneville, some 10 kilometers from Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy. Zola contrasts Pauline’s optimism and open-heartedness with the illness, resentment, and depression prevalent in the Chanteau household. In particular, the 19-year-old son Lazare, a student of the writings of Schopenhauer, is convinced of life’s futility and infused with pessimism and nihilism, which he attempts to express in an unfinished Symphony of Sorrow…

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Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours / My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (1989) Andrzej Zulawski, Sophie Marceau, Jacques Dutronc, Valérie Lagrange, Drama, Romance, Erotic

Mes nuits sont plus belles que vos jours (1989)
Lucas has invented a new computer language but at the same time he has been informed about his strange terminal illness during which he has been gradually losing his memory. Shortly after that he meets Blanche who acts as a medium in a bizarre traveling show. Dying Lucas follows her to the sea resort where they spend together several days and nights.

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Le défroqué / The Unfrocked One (1954) Léo Joannon, Pierre Fresnay, Pierre Trabaud, Nicole Stéphane, Drama

Le defroque (1954)
Pierre Fresnay plays the title character in Le Defroque (The Defrocked One). Cast out by his church, former priest Maurice (Fresnay) delights in mocking the traditions and credos of Catholicism. Even so, young Gerard (Pierre Trabaud) becomes convinced that Maurice has never truly lost his calling. Becoming a priest himself, Gerard devotes his life to bringing Maurice back into the fold. Things don’t turn out quite as Gerard hopes, however; he has not reckoned with the possibility that Maurice may have been driven into insanity by his raging self-hatred.

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