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Sélection de Films: Les Favoris

(All movies are in French with English subtitles)

A Secret

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.
(105 minutes)

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...
(106 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.F67 B54 2008

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.
(130 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1997.2 .E58 2009

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.
(106 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.F67 F55 2008


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.
(117 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.B55 P477476 2008

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.
(111 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.C55 L66 2005

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.
(109 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1997.2 .S44 2004

Bon Voyage

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 prepares to 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.
(114 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.F67 B6 2004

Les Choristes

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 is not 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 not during 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 they live and the movie seems to also follow this cadence.
(104 minutes)

Monsieur Ibrahim

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.
(94 min.) CALL NUMBER: PQ2679.C37844 M66 2004

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!
(96 min.) CALL NUMBER: PN1993.5.F7 H4 2002

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.
(122 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.F67 F3 2002

Warning: This movie contains a few scenes with sexual content.

Est/Ouest (East/West)

East/West" ventures into a time (post WWII) when the Iron Curtain shrouded Stalin's Soviet Union and a curtain of suspicion and distrust 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.
(121 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1995.9.F67 E37 2000

Lucie Aubrac

Lyons, France. March, 1943. WWII rages on and the French Resistance movement courageously fights the Nazi occupiers. Activist Raymond Samuel, after 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.
(116 minutes) CALL NUMBER: D 802.F8 L83

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 just desserts.
(81 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN 1997 D5 2000

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.
(480 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PQ2226 .A3 D4 19

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.
(122 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN 2995.9 .f35 M3

Misérables, Les

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.
(177 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN 2286.A3 M5

Les Visiteurs

A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. The nobleman enlists the 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 ours. Comedy.
(108 min.)

Gloire de Mon Père, La (My Father's Glory)

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.
(108 Minutes) CALL NUMBER: PQ2631.A26 Z53

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 young 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 imitating biblical events as the actors become outcasts.
(119 minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .J48 1990

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.
(104 Minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .G67

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Julien Quentin lives in a boarding school. His strong character makes him a leader among the children. A lonely boy, Jean Bonnet, becomes good 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 away...
(104 Minutes) CALL NUMBER: PN1997 .A85

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 Provencal hills. 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 of Florette.
(113 Minutes) CALL NUMBER: PQ2631.A26 .M26

Warning: This movie contains a few scenes with sexual content.