Tag Archives: french

Beach Cafe / Café de la plage (2001) Benoît Graffin, Ouassini Embarek, Jacques Nolot, Leïla Belarbi, Comedy, Drama

Beach Cafe (2001)
Driss is a carefree young man who lives in his car and spends much of his time on the beach. There he meets a moody, solitary older man, Fouad, who runs a tumbled-down shack of a café. Driss attaches himself to Fouad, and the café begins to flourish. But Driss is increasingly perplexed by his older companion’s behaviour. Based on a story by Morrocan oral story teller, Mohamed Mrabet.

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Crime and Punishment (1935) Josef von Sternberg, Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh, Crime, Drama

Crime and Punishment (1935)
Roderick Raskolnikov, a brilliant criminology student and writer, becomes embittered by poverty and his inability to support his family. When he sees a desperate prostitute, Sonya, degraded by a vicious pawnbroker, Raskolnikov, a proponent of the idea that some people are imbued with such intelligence that the law cannot be applied to them as to other people, decides to rid the world of the pawnbroker and thus save his family and Sonya as well from the fate poverty forces on them. When Porphiry, the police detective investigating the murder, encounters Raskolnikov, he finds a man nearly crippled by the guilt and paranoia his deed has burdened him with. But Raskolnikov clings with as much coldness and calculation as he can muster to his guiding idea, that some crimes ought not to be punished.

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Haute tension / High Tension (2003) Alexandre Aja, Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Horror

Haute tension AKA High Tension (2003)
Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia’s father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia’s family–including their dog–and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end.

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Le bonheur / Happiness (1935) Marcel L’Herbier, Gaby Morlay, Charles Boyer, Paulette Dubost, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Le bonheur AKA Happiness (1935)
Released in English-speaking countries as Happiness, Le Bonheur was based on a play by Henry Bernstein. Charles Boyer stars as a fervent anarchist who vows to kill anyone who represents “the establishment.” As a result, he ends up shooting idolized music-hall singer Gaby Morlay in full view of her audience. After this unpromising start, Boyer and Morlay get to know each other, eventually falling in love. At his attempted-murder trial, Morlay offers to testify on Boyer’s behalf – but he refuses, determined to become a martyr to his cause. Things work out in a most unexpected fashion in this offbeat romance, released in the U.S. in 1935 to capitalize on Boyer’s burgeoning American popularity.

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Je vous aime (1980) Claude Berri, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Gérard Depardieu, Romance, Comedy, Drama

Je vous aime (1980)
Avant le film, Claude Berri était en train de divorcer et se demandait comment on peut refaire sa vie plusieurs fois. Il a demandé à Catherine Deneuve si elle acceptait qu’il s’inspire de ses propres expériences pour écrire le film. Certaines scènes du film ont été tournées dans la propre maison de Serge Gainsbourg, rue de verneuil à Paris. Dieu fumeur de havane, la bande originale du film, est interprétée en duo par Catherine Deneuve et Serge Gainsbourg.

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Conte d’été / A Summer’s Tale (1996) Éric Rohmer, Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Summer's Tale (1996)
A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him.

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