Tag Archives: french

If these Walls could talk (1996) Cher, Nancy Savoca, Demi Moore, Shirley Knight, Catherine Keener, Drama, Thriller

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If These Walls Could Talk is a 1996 Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated made for television movie, broadcast on HBO. It follows the plights of three different women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes place in the same house in three different years: 1952, 1974, and 1996. All three segments were co-written by Nancy Savoca. Savoca directed the first and second segment while Cher directed the third. The womens’ experiences in each vignette are designed to demonstrate the popular views of society on the issue in each of the given decades. The film became a surprise success, and was HBO’s highest rated movie ever.

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Le Diable et les dix commandements / The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962) Julien Duvivier, Michel Simon, Lucien Baroux, Claude Nollier, Comedy, Drama

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The ageing warden of a convent is berated by the Mother Superior for his bad language. To cure him of his affliction, the Bishop, an old friend of his, gives him a copy of the Bible and asks him to learn the Ten Commandments by heart. As the warden begins his task, the Devil leaps from the pages of the book in the form of a serpent and relishes in watching as one by one the Commandments are broken…

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Le trou normand (1952) Jean Boyer, Bourvil, Pierre Larquey, Jane Marken, Comedy

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Hippolyte Lemoine est un benêt d’une trentaine d’années, naïf à l’esprit enfantin, vivant dans un village de Normandie (Courteville, à 35 km d’Evreux). Lorsque son oncle Célestin meurt, il laisse par testament sa fortune et son auberge (Le Trou Normand) à son neveu Hippolyte, mais à la condition expresse que celui-ci passe son certificat d’études dans un délai d’une année. Pour atteindre son but, il devra déjouer les manigances de sa tante Augustine (belle-sœur et maîtresse du défunt) qui croyait hériter à sa place et cherche à le faire échouer en se servant de sa fille Javotte. Il est soutenu par de nombreux habitants du village, dont le maire, l’instituteur, et surtout la fille de ce dernier, elle aussi institutrice, sous le charme de laquelle Hippolyte va tomber.

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De Mayerling à Sarajevo / From Mayerling to Sarajevo (1940) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond, Drama

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In the late 1800’s, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He’s already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol. The Crown allows the union only after the couple agrees to a morganatic marriage. The emperor further neutralizes Franz by making him inspector general of the army, sending him afield for months at a time. In June of 1914, fearing for his safety, Sophie seeks permission to accompany Franz to Sarajevo; protocol dictates that no army troops attend Franz while she is present. An assassin strikes. Their deaths spark World War I.

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Le dernier des six / The Last One of the Six (1941) Georges Lacombe, Pierre Fresnay, Michèle Alfa, Suzy Delair, Mystery, Thriller

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Six friends who have won a large sum of money decide to split their fortune and reunite in five years to share all the money they will have earned in the meantime. When the time comes, one of them gets killed on his way back to France. Another gets shot and his body disappears. Police inspector Wens (Pierre Fresnay) has to solve the case before all six succumb to the mysterious killer.

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Le dos rouge / Portrait of the Artist (2014) Antoine Barraud, Bertrand Bonello, Jeanne Balibar, Géraldine Pailhas, Drama

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A Chinese aphorism says that although the poet dreams he is a butterfly, it is perhaps instead the butterfly that dreams it has become a poet. In Le dos rouge, a famous filmmaker played by Bertrand Bonello searches for an image of the uncanny. An eccentric female art historian accompanies him through museums, where they examine and discuss numerous works of art. A metamorphosis gradually takes place, as red marks appear on the filmmaker’s back.

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Evolution / Évolution (2015) Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Drama, Horror, Mystery

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Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet – or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off my his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress.

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Gibraltar / It Happened in Gibraltar (1938) Fyodor Otsep, Roger Duchesne, Erich von Stroheim, Viviane Romance, Drama, War

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In 1938, in Gibraltar to infiltrate terrorists who sabotage the boats with troups which should sail to Palestine, a British officer poses as a traitor… The pulpy Mercedes (Viviane Romance), a dancer in a seedy cabaret of Tangier “who draws men like light attracts butterflies…” is spying on behalf of the mysterious Marson interpreted masterfully by Erich Von Stroheim.

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