An act of revenge takes an unexpected turn in this psychological drama from French writer and director Lola Doillon. Anna (Kristin Scott Thomas) flees a house on the outskirts of Paris and returns home, careful to tell no one where she’s been or what she’s been doing. The next day, after an ordinary day of work as an OB-GYN, Anna stops at a police station and reports that she had been kidnapped. Years before, she has performed a cesarean section on a woman who did not survive, and the patient’s Yann (Pio Marmai), driven mad by grief, abducted Anna and intended to punish her for the death of his wife and child. However, after spending several days together in Yann’s basement, he and Anna discovered their contempt for one another was giving way to more complex emotions, which complicate both of their senses of justice.
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Merry-Go-Round (1981) Jacques Rivette, Maria Schneider, Joe Dallesandro, Danièle Gégauff, Crime, Drama
Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father’s estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins.
Nouvelle-France / Battle of the Brave (2004) Jean Beaudin, Noémie Godin-Vigneau, David La Haye, Juliette Gosselin, Drama, History, Romance
Prejudice, perfidy, love, and bravery in Québec. In 1779, a priest on his deathbed receives a young woman. Flash back 20 years: Marie-Loup, an herb-dispensing peasant, falls for François, a man of property. The priest’s perfidy and the treachery of a soldier separate the lovers and set in motion a chain of events leading to a death, a trial, and an execution. The action unfolds against a backdrop of England’s take-over of French-Canada, the Church’s manipulations to maintain spiritual hegemony, and the limited rights of woman and indigenous peoples. Watching it all is Marie-Loup’s daughter, named France, who, when grown, is the dying priest’s visitor in prelude and coda.
Les amants du Flore (2006) Ilan Duran Cohen, Anna Mouglalis, Lorànt Deutsch, Caroline Silhol, Biography, Drama
En 1924, Simone de Beauvoir, jeune fille à l’apparence policée, prépare son agrégation de philosophie et fait la connaissance de Jean-Paul Sartre. Ce dernier semble être le seul à connaître la vraie personnalité de Simone et la considère comme la seule femme digne d’être son interlocuteur. Leur amour chaotique sert de prémisse à l’oeuvre majeure de Simone de Beauvoir: Le Deuxième Sexe.
The Corsican File / L’enquête corse (2004) Alain Berbérian, Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Caterina Murino, Action, Comedy, Crime
Jack Palmer is a Paris-based detective with a huge ego. Ange Leoni is a rebel native of Corsica whose location can’t be pinned down by even the most dogged of detectives. Approached by an obscure, small-time attorney and charged with the seemingly simple task of locating the missing Leoni, gifted gumshoe Palmer accepts the job under the assumption that it will be the easiest money of his professional career. But this superstar sleuth is about to find out just how mistaken he was…
Prison tres speciale pour femmes (1982) Gérard Kikoïne, Olinka Hardiman, Connie Hörnum, Christine Schwarz, Adult, Thriller
Kevin is an odd young man whose behaviour is sometimes dangerous. He lives with Jean-Claude on a remote farm in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings. The two men live together in disturbing silence. When Michèle meets Jean-Claude, she sees him as a casual lover. But when Kévin appears, Michèle sees this as an opportunity to give meaning to her own life…
Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal / Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (1971) Joël Séria, Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran, Drama, Horror
Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a salacious novel, they get a classmate in trouble, they spy on the nuns, they set aside their communion wafers; they make a pact of devotion. Summer vacation starts: Anne’s parents leave her alone with the servants for two months at the family château. She and Lore are free to make mischief. They are cruel as well and play games of seduction. As summer ends and fall term begins, things come to a head.
Cockles and Muscles / Côte d’Azur (2005) Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, Gilbert Melki, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Sabrina Seyvecou, Comedy, Musical, Romance
A family comprising of a father, mother, daughter and son head to the south of France for summer vacation. Charly’s friend, Martin joins them. He is gay and has a crush on Charly. Charly’s mother, Beatrix, thinks Charly is gay and having an affair with Martin. Charly’s father is somewhat bothered by this and by the open sexuality in the family.
Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009) Jan Kounen, Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova, Drama
Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor’s work parallel Coco’s radical ideas. She wants to democratize women’s fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy’s death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife – now sick with consumption – together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel …