A crime writer living in Venice while working on his new novel meets and soon marries his real-estate agent. Read More »
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The Bronte Sisters AKA Les soeurs Brontë (1979) André Téchiné, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier, Isabelle Huppert
In a small presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor Read More »
Serge is a long distance lorry driver between Morocco and Europe. In Tangier, he tries to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Sarah. Read More »
Nos années folles (2017) André Téchiné, Pierre Deladonchamps, Céline Sallette, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
The true story of Paul who, after two years at the front, is mutilated and deserted. Read More »
In the 1930s, we follow the story of the laundress Berthe who marries the eldest son of a bourgeois family. Read More »
In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. Read More »
My Favorite Season (1993) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Marthe Villalonga, Drama, Romance
Too old to reside, Berthe goes with her daughter, Emile, who’s married with grown-up kids of her own. Read More »
Les Témoins / The Witnesses (2007) André Téchiné, Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Drama, Romance
June 1984 to June 1985, from happy days to war to summer’s return. A middle-aged doctor in Paris, Adrien, meets Manu, a young gay man from the provinces who lives with his sister, an opera singer. Read More »
Les innocents (1987) André Téchiné, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Claude Brialy, Simon de La Brosse, Drama
The lines between love, sex, and politics become hopelessly blurred in this French drama. Read More »
Le Lieu du crime / Scene of the Crime (1986) André Téchiné, Nicolas Giraudi, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Crime, Drama, Romance
In the woods, a 13-year-old boy is grabbed by an escaped convict and told to bring money later that day. Read More »
Les temps qui changent / Changing Times (2004) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki, Drama, Romance
Connections and personality: France and Morocco, sisters, mothers and sons, husbands and lovers. Antoine arranges a job in Tangiers so he can reconnect to Cécile, his first love, unseen for 30 years.
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A woman and three men. Nina, who’s come to Paris to act and sleeps with any man at hand, meets Paulot, a young estate agent; he’s smitten. She also meets Paulot’s flatmate Quentin, a compulsive who stalks her. To Paulot’s jealous dismay, she’s willing to sleep with Quentin, and wants Paulot’s friendship. After a desperate act by Quentin, Nina and Paulot share a flat, but she still won’t take him as a lover; instead, her energy goes into a production of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by a detached, intense man who becomes her father figure. Quentin’s ghost taunts her, Paulot wants to end all contact, and the director plans to return to London. The art of the theater may be her only refuge.
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Hôtel des Amériques / Hotel America (1981) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Dewaere, Etienne Chicot, Drama, Romance
Hélène, a distracted pill-popping anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover’s talents and his own limitations, behaving bizarrely and pushing her away. How these conflicts play out becomes the movie’s story.
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Les voleurs / Thieves (1996) André Téchiné, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Laurence Côte, Crime, Drama, Romance
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan’s body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother Alex, a cop with a cleanliness fetish; siblings Juliette and Jimmy, Ivan’s partners in a seedy nightclub; the love triangle of Alex, Juliette, and Marie, a professor of philosophy; and of Alex and his nephew, Ivan’s dour, stoic son. Ivan’s death changes every relationship. Images of paragliders, sun bathers, and opera suggest an expansive, colorful world outside the constricted lives of these characters.
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Les égarés / Strayed (2003) André Téchiné, Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Drama, Romance, War
June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he’s seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires.
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