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A PORNOGRAPHIC AFFAIR (Frédéric Fonteyne, 1999)
This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', … Read more

BAD COMPANY (Jean-Pierre Ameris, 1999)
"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad Co… Read more

Sisters Laura, Beatrice and Claire reside in Lyon in an ambience of shared happiness. Each of them considers themselves vital to the well-being of the other two. Laure runs the household and the tang… Read more

FUNNY FELIX (Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, 1999)
Felix is a happy-go-lucky, smiling guy who lives in a dull town on France's northern coast. One day, in need of some excitement, he decides to visit Marseille and the father he never knew. Instead of… Read more

HUMAN RESOURCES (Laurent Cantet, 1999)
Human Resources is an award-winning debut feature from Laurent Cantet which mixes politics and pathos to create a cogent human drama. Franck is a recent business school graduate who returns to his ho… Read more

LITTLE FELLAS (Jacques Doillon, 1999)
With a dramatic centre as deceptively simple as the best Iranian films—a dog is stolen—Little Fellas is a moving portrait of young people with their own code of honour and responsibility.… Read more

NOTHING TO DO (Marion Vernoux, 1999)
Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far fro… Read more

OF WOMEN AND MAGIC (Claude Miller, 1999)
Claude Miller's Of Women and Magic is a succinct, dryly played, often laugh-out-loud funny movie. Director of last year's frightening but fantastic Class Trip, Miller's latest film scooped the Intern… Read more

SKIN OF MAN, HEART OF BEAST (Hélène Angel, 1999)
Winner of the Best Film and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast is a powerful drama set in provincial France. Hélène Angel's debut film delves into the heart… Read more

THE WIDOW OF SAINT-PIERRE (Patrice Leconte, 2000)
'An unconventional love story told with delicacy and power, The Widow of Saint Pierre is a sweeping costume drama shot through with issues and considerations as pertinent today as they were 150 years… Read more

TIME REGAINED (Raoul Ruiz, 1999)
"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet s… Read more

Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed… Read more

WHAT IS LIFE? (François Dupeyron, 1999)
Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an out… Read more

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