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Sélection de Films: Les Favoris
(All movies are in French with English subtitles)
On his fifteenth birthday a family friend tells Francois a shattering truth - tying his family's past to the Holocaust - that may enable him to develop his own sense of self. Until then, the secret had lain silent, known only to a few, including his mother Tania, his father Maxime and lifelong family friend Louise.
Bienvenue chez les chti’s
Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is immediately banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France. Leaving his child and wife behind, the crucified man leaves for his frightening destination, a dreadfully cold place inhabited by hard-drinking, unemployed rednecks, speaking an incomprehensible dialect called Ch'ti. Philippe soon realizes that all these ideas were nothing but prejudices and that Bergues is not synonymous with hell...
Entre les murs (The Class)
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, master French director Laurent Cantet's THE CLASS is an absorbing journey into a multicultural high school in Paris over the course of a school year. François Begaudeau--an actual teacher and the author upon whose work the film was based--is utterly convincing as François, an open-minded teacher in charge of a classroom of youngsters from a wide variety of backgrounds. Of course, the mere fact that he's older and in a position of authority causes his students to challenge him on many occasions.
Le Fils de l’épicier
It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provençe. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing. Ultimately, this surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man rediscovering life and love in the countryside.
Adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl who finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution.
Comme une image (Look at me)
Celebrity has unexpected consequences for everyone who lives in its
shadow, as the family, friends and hangers-on of a famous writer discover.
Lolita's father is a writer whose fame has made him so self-centered
he has no clue the effect his egotistical behavior has on everyone
around him. Now that she has grown up, Lolita becomes even more determined
to make him notice her - especially since she's discovered a talent
of her own and would like his approval. There are people who she thinks
will help her, but she always winds up competing against them for her
father's attention. And when she meets a guy who likes her for herself,
Lolita finds she may actually be more like her father than she would
ever have imagined.
La grande séduction (Seducing Dr. Lewis)
St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village. For eight years the
locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, remembering the
good old days when the catch was good. A small company wants to build
a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St.
Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal
has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on
a boat to the faraway village. In order to convince Dr. Lewis to stay,
the town resorts to just a bit of seductive subterfuge.
A lavishly produced comedy set in the 1940s, we find
ourselves in France as it is about to fall to the Germans. As the government
move to Bordeaux, the story unfolds with comedy, romance, and some
tongue-in-cheek melodrama. The film pays impeccable attention to
period style and details.
After WWII, a physically unimpressive teacher finds work in a boarding school for poor, vagabond kids. The new teacher spots singing talent and transforms the lives of scores of children through what he knows best--conducting choral music. An uplifting movie! (95 min.)
Etre et avoir
A documentary that captures life in a small village in France
anchored by the one room school and it's teacher Monsieur Lopez. Life
easy for family
farmers anywhere but this film shows the rewards of this particular village
school. The older children show warmth and protection toward the little
ones. It is the whole idea that it takes a village and if not that at
least a good
teacher. His clam demeanor is reflected in the calmness of the children
- that is if they are not too upset, but Monsier never yells, at least
the film. Monsier Lopez is gentle and kind even when he scolds his students.
He follows a cadence that seems to be an echo of the countryside where
live and the movie seems to also follow this cadence.
A realistic story that takes place in a lower-income
area in Paris. Moses is a sixteen-year old boy whose father is too
busy making ends
meet to have an impact in his son's life. When Moses is caught shoplifting
in Ibrahim's store, the two soon bond and become friends. Ibrahim teaches
Moses many things about life. When Moses is forced to flee from his
home, Ibrahim takes Moses on a road trip to his country.
Warning: This movie contains a few scenes with sexual content.
A la folie, pas du tout
Angelique, a young student, is in love with a married doctor. She tries
to convince him to leave his pregnant wife. Is the love affair the one-sided
obsession of a desperate woman clinging to a hopeless dream, and turning
it into a nightmare when she realizes it may not come true? Shot in the
beautiful city of Bordeaux. Warning! This is not a romantic comedy!
Amelie ou le fabuleux destin d'Amelie
Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood;
misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend
school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where
she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite
all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young
woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides
to step into the lives of others around her to help them out.
Warning: This movie contains a few scenes with sexual content.
East/West" ventures into a time (post WWII) when
the Iron Curtain shrouded Stalin's Soviet Union and a curtain of suspicion
shrouded every soviet life. The film follows a French family of three
as the patriarch returns to his Russian homeland where he and his family
are held prisoners of conscience by communism. The film focuses on the
characters, their silent suffering and yearning for freedom while living
in a state of constant paranoia as it tears husband from wife, mother
from son, and heroism emerges from the most unlikely places. Based on
a true story.
Lyons, France. March, 1943. WWII rages on and the French Resistance
movement courageously fights the Nazi occupiers. Activist Raymond Samuel,
being betrayed by a comrade, is arrested by the Gestapo and found guilty
of war crimes. Beaten, tortured and sentenced to death, Raymond’s
last – and only – hope for survival is his wife, Lucie Aubrac.
Lucie, who is as cunning and resourceful as she is beautiful and romantic,
conceives an outrageously bold plan for her husband’s escape – flirting
with the enemy and risking her life to keep a promise they made to one
another: They would never be apart on the anniversary of the first time
they made love.
Diner de Cons,
Le (Dinner Game, The)
A Comedy! Pierre and his snobbish friends
have a standing date for dinner. Every week, they compete to see who
can bring the biggest “idiot” to
the party. Pierre is sure he’s found a winner in the unsuspecting
François, a ministry accountant whose hobby is making matchstick
models of famous monuments. But when circumstances trap Pierre in his
apartment with Francois, the tables are turned and everyone gets their
Comte de Monte
Cristo, Le (Count of Monte Cristo, The)
TV adaptation of the work
of Alexandre Dumas. With Gérard Depardieu.
Tells the dramatic story of Edmond Dantes, a young French sailor who
is falsely denounced as a political traitor and unjustly imprisoned for
18 years without trial. After a daring escape, Dantes flees to the island
of Monte Cristo, where he finds a colossal treasure bequeathed to him
by a dying fellow inmate. Using these riches, he assumes a new identity
and devises, plan to vengeance upon all those who betrayed him.
Ma Saison Préférée
(My Favorite Season)
A troubled family, living in genteel, suburban
comfort in the south of France is jolted by the deteriorating health
of their elderly grandmother
and the reappearance of an absented sibling. Catherine Deneuve plays
Emilie, a disillusioned parent and frustrated wife, who finds herself
drawn away from her unimaginative husband toward her brother, a jealous
and charismatic neurosurgeon. This film explores the turbulent relationship
between Emilie and her brother Antoine during a particularly emotional
eruption of their long-time dysfunctional family.
It comes like lightning. The Nazis overrun
France and for its proud people, it begins the most miserable of times.
Yet it’s not so miserable
that the goodness of one man cannot triumph. In Les Miserables, two-time
Academy Award winner Claude Lelouch fashions a magnificent achievement
that won the Golden Globe Award as 1995’s Best Foreign Film. Legenday
Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as Henri Fortin, a true and simple man whose
life parallels that of Jean Valjean, the hero of Victor Hugo’s
great novel. But those parallels do not mean a simple updating of Hugo’s
tale. Instead, Lelouch uses them to form a towering cascade of events,
traits and emotions: nobility, suffering, persistence, joy, hate, longing,
love, greed, betrayal, war, peace and life-affirming joy and hope. “After
34 films, I am dedicated to filming hope,” Lelouch states. Here
he does it with power and grace.
A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally
transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. The nobleman
aid of his descendent
to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope
with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from
Gloire de Mon Père, La (My Father's
An 11 year-old boy spends an enchanted summer in
the rugged French countryside with his family. The experience becomes
a turning point
in his young
life and cements his relationship with his father.
Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal)
A modern-day Passion Play becomes a reenactment of the life and
death of Jesus Christ. The main character is Daniel Coloumbe, an intense
actor in Montreal who is hired by church fathers to restage and update
the city's annual Passion Play, which over the course of the past 40
years has begun to seem hidebound. Daniel hires a group of struggling
young actors that become devoted to him and his creative vision as
he devises an extremely avant-garde production that takes Christ's rebellious
teachings literally. Daniel's play is a critical smash and wows mesmerized
audiences, but greatly disturbed church officials. Real life begins
biblical events as the actors become outcasts.
Grand Chemin, Le (The Grand Highway)
Set in the late 50s in rural
France, a young boy spends the summer with friends of his mother. He
is befriended by the village tomboy, experiences
earthly country life, and by summer's end, the shy, vulnerable city-bred
boy has learned to adapt to life's harsh realities. Largely autobiographical,
this film is a poignant and humorous film based on the childhood experiences
of the writer-director.
Julien Quentin lives in a boarding school. His strong
character makes him a leader among the children. A lonely boy, Jean Bonnet,
friends with Julien and they become inseparable until the Gestapo show
up in class and call out names looking for Jews. Jean Bonnet is taken
Manon des Sources (Manon
of the Spring)
Ten years have passed since the tragic events of
Jean de Florette. Jean's daughter, Manon, is now a beautiful young shepherdess,
roaming the rugged
The frustrated Ugolin is desperately in love with the untamed woman. But Manon
is repulsed by the hapless man's pursuit. After cutting off the village's water
supply, Manon appears in town to accuse the Soubeyrans of killing her father.
Ugolin, remorseful over his role in her father's death, throws himself at her
feet. But her public rejection of him proves too much to bear, and leads to
a tragedy that nearly destroys César. But the old man's most heartbreaking
moment comes when he finally learns the shattering truth about Jean, the son
Warning: This movie contains a few scenes with sexual content.