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This drama-comedy turns on a motley bunch of 40-year-old men who find a sanctuary from mid-life crisis and new zest for life forming a synchronized swimming team. (variety.com)
A documentary set at the final of the 1984 French Open between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl at a time when McEnroe was the world's top-ranked player. (imdb)
A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara.
The film tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away. (imdb)
It explores the grieving process of a young performance artist, Lauren Hartke, following the suicide of her significantly older husband. The movie is sometimes described as a ghost story due to the appearance of an enigmatic figure that Lauren discovers hiding in an upstairs room of the house following her husband's death. (Wikipedia)
Summer in Paris. Fifteen-year-old Vincent refuses to join in with his schoolmates torturing rats or selling sperm on the Internet. He lives with his single mother Marie and finally wants to find out who his father is. His investigations lead him to a famous publisher with an obnoxious character. When he meets said publisher's brother Joseph, his life changes in a flash. (Berlinale 66)
Laurent is seeking a path in life after living his childhood and teenage years in laziness. He has a conflictual relationship with Rodolphe, his father, and both are too emotional to express their mutual affection. Despite the women of his life hanging around him , Rodolphe has but one obsession: meeting Marguerite again, the first love of his life. (imdb)
When an assistant to a daguerreotype photographer falls in love with the latter's daughter the relationship mirrors the art form as love and pain combine. (imdb)
Of Shadows and Wings... (2016) - Short Film
In the heart of a group of birds, the indignant Moann feels her body changing. In a society where the greatest concern is the size and ambition of one's wings, nihilist Ciobeck tries to protect her. (festivalregard.com)
An apparently chaotic, yet always significant nightmare with countless fantastic plotlines inspired by real, imaginary and photographic memories of films from the silent era now lost.
Along a fantastic, endless night, a character wanders through cold and bare streets and forests, deserted institutions, uninhabited places, walking, driving, looking, lonely - meeting ghostly apparitions that slip in its wake. Addicted to the teletechnologies of intimacy (telephone, implanted electronic chip), the character seems to feed on the absence of a lost love, whose absence haunts their wandering. (imdb)
Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Belles familles is a sumptuous, emotionally affecting, and occasionally rollicking tale about a family with a remarkable past. Focusing on the Varenne clan and the magnificent country mansion that was once their home but is now shuttered due to a legal dispute, the director spins a gloriously romantic tale with plenty of humorous asides. (tiff.net)
Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, is mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life. (imdb)
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (imdb)
An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. (imdb)
An American arrives in Paris, checks into a hotel, turns off his cell phone and starts his life anew. (imdb)
Pomme's life has become a series of disappointments. Over the years, Pomme and Pierre have drifted apart and their relationship, though not yet dead, is no longer really alive. Now their grown-up son has left home, and even their attempt to drink champagne together fails when the bottle explodes in the freezer. They are out hiking together one day when Pomme suddenly decides to stay behind in the forest. (Berlinale.de)
A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, what is he accused of? (imdb)
Del Toro plays Jimmy Picard, a member of the Blackfoot tribe, who fought in France. When he arrives back in the US, suffering from migraines and sudden losses of sight and hearing, Jimmy is misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. Baffled doctors consult a maverick French anthropologist and analyst George Devereux (Amalric) and the two men become friends. (timeout.com)
Mathieu Amalric plays a befuddled, womanizing professor whose complicated life takes a turn for the worse following the disappearance of a student, in Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu's wickedly fun comic thriller. (tiff.net)
In the large drawing room, the butler welcomes some friends whom the playwright, now deceased, asked to be summoned for the reading of his will and who all responded to the request. These 13 actors previously performed in his plays, including one in particular who was considered outstanding in her time. But is she still? (mubi.com)
Cosmopolis is a day in the life of Eric Packer, a 28-year-old New York stock market multi-millionaire, as he crosses Manhattan in his customized limousine to go for a haircut. His cross-town journey becomes an almost vertical voyage, with bizarre occurrences and an authentic parade of crazy characters along the way, in a landscape that depicts the modern soul of the West at the end of the millennium (mubi.com)
The film depicts the period between Joan of Arc's capture and her execution in 1431. (Wikipedia)
Chicken with Plums follows the last days of a talented musician's life as he desperately seeks to replace his beloved instrumental, the violin. (tiff.net)
In Algeria in 1930's, a cat who belongs to the daughter of a rabbi, gains the ability to speak. With his new ability he devours information just as he has devoured the family parrot and he develops an urge to become a Jewish cat like his family. But a cat's mind might be too brutally honest and piercing for human religions which are full of contradictions.
An adventure set in the early party of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.
A promoter takes an American neo-burlesque troupe around France (New York Times)
L'illusion Comique (2010) - TV Movie
A father is looking for the son he hasn't seen for years in this contemporary adaptation of the seventeenth-century play by Pierre Corneille. (cinemadautor.cat)
In this star-laden slice-of-life comedy set in France, workers ponder a sign reading "Lonely Man" that hangs out the office facing theirs, a mix of visitors traverse the town square and the clerks of a local shop commingle with their patrons. (netflix)
A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn the red wallet he found in to the police. Nor is it that Marguerite can recuperate her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about whom it was who found it. As they navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their otherwise quotidian lives. (imdb)
Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth. (imdb)
Described by one source as France's equivalent of John Hillcoat's The Road, this gloomy, apocalyptic chronicle transpires in a desolate future dystopia. Mathieu Amalric stars as Robinson, a man searching desperately for his lost love amid the ruins and vestiges of civilization. (imdb)
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.
Seeking revenge for the death of his love, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country's valuable resource.
The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan?
A teenager searches for meaningful connections with others while trying to build a steady relationship with her transsexual father and a stepdad who posts everything about their family online. (imdb)
A film director accidentally finds himself locked in a coffin overnight, and is profoundly affected by the experience.
A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.
Paris, August: Driven by his lust, Richard O. explores the sinuous mysteries of eroticism and the women who populate the summer months.
Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind. (imdb)
Paris today. Simon works as psychologist in human resources department of petrochemical corporation. When Management gets him to investigate one of the factory's executives, Simon'perception goes disturbingly chaotic and cloudy. The experience affects his body, his mind, his personal life and his sensibility. The calm assurance that made him such a rigorous technician starts to falter. (imdb)
Marcelline is an actress. Forty, single and childless, she begins rehearsals for Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY. Denis, the director, admires her greatly and promises he'll make her happy on stage - she will shine. But things don't go to plan. Denis introduces Marcelline to his assistant, Nathalie
Set in France during the struggle for Algerian independence, Messaoud's father can't look after him, so decides to put him and his older brother Abdel in foster care. Sent to the countryside, Abdel has to work on a farm, but Messaoud is taken in by a childless woman, who conceals his Arab origins from her fiercely Gaullist ex-army husband. Re-named Michel/Michou, and with his hair comically dyed blond, the young boy quickly steals the hearts of both foster-parents. (imdb)
Thanks to the law of 1948 and to her grandmother, the nominal tenant who is always absent, Francesca and all of her family and friends live on a shoestring in a very big apartment. This is not to the liking of supercilious owner Charlotte, who has been intent for some time on having them evicted for obvious speculative reasons.
A very unusual documentary, dealing with religious and filosophical discussions in the background of historical events in Port-Royale, back in the the 17th century.
Alain Moreau has faild to become a famous and succesful singer, so he entertains small venues in Clermont-Ferrand with his chansons. As an elderly man he suddenly falls in love with a young woman.
Un lever de rideau (2006) - Short Film
A young Frenchman is determined to dump his girlfriend due to her invariable excessive tardiness. (imdb)
Les signes (2006) - Short Film
Les Signs catches the movement towards of a small family whose fisherman paterfamilias disappeared at sea ten years ago. The mother lights a lantern in the window facing the harbor each night, and when her older, teenage son chastises her for giving up the search for his father she replies that she hopes, and her internalization is clearly her way of searching.
Adapted from his own novel, Emmanuel Carrere directs an engrossing existential thriller, a story about a man who inadvertently loses himself. (Cinema Guild)
Steven Spielberg directs an international cast in Munich, a gripping suspense thriller set in the aftermath of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munch Olympics. This dramatic exploration inspired by true events follows a secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the 11 Palestinians suspected to have planned the Munich attack -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. (Universal Pictures)
Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape. (imdb)
Aspiring artist Bruno kills his uncle after his abusive father dies from drinking. While struggling to think of a place to dump the body, he meets the traumatised Elise and they immediately bond in an odd way. Meanwhile, Elise's ex-psychiatrist turned stepmother freaks out over the growing relationship and loses her grip of reality.
A shy computer expert falls in love with a beautiful colleague while trying to become a film director. Five years later, they have two children, she has become a successful executive, his career has gone nowhere, and their relationship is coming to an end. (imdb)
Paul doesn't often return to the family farm. If he's gone home this time, it's because of his sickly father. Thrown back into the world of his boyhood, Paul rediscovers all that he once knew - his parents, his best friend, his pretty young neighbor. But the guilt for having abandoned his parents begins to creep up on Paul. He eventually finds himself regretting everything he left behind. (mubi.com)
Judge Francois Marcorelle finds himself drawn into a series of surprising events.
The life of Arthur, a professor living in Paris, changes when Frank comes to live on the same floor of the building where he is residing.
At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains very mysterious about his past and the reasons why he left his family. But when Alice tells him she's pregnant, he is suddenly almost driven to madness, as his past comes back to his mind. Alice will now do anything she can to help him. (imdb)
A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends nd lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives (imdb)
Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers? (imdb)