Films From France

Robert, his wife and his son work in a gas station open 24 hours a day. Though nobody ever comes by...Australian premiere. ... D/S Sébastien Aubanel P Frédéric Jouve TD DigiBeta/2007/18 mins ... Read more
Winner of the Venice Film Festival Gold Lion award. ... “Shot like the grunge version of a ‘50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leaves viewers quaking.” - Variety ... Marking the feature debut of its young filmmaker, Géla Babluani (son of well-known Georg... Read more
Three friends and two catastrophes collide in this playful, stylish outing from one of the vanguard of fresh new Gallic filmmaking. ... Best friends Arman and Benjamin are thirty-something, single and going nowhere. When Arman is mugged it turns out to be a blessing as it brings Amélie into his life. But then Benjamin has a stroke, and over the course of a couple of years the lives of Amélie, Arma... Read more
In ten minutes on Antenne 2 (Paris) on the 29th March 1984 the CFDT (French Democratic Labourer's Confederation) tried to ... imagine where it had come from and where it was heading. ... On the occasion of its 100th anniversary the CFDT asked itself. . . about the future. ... Read more
“Smoother than the finest liquor, reminds viewers how rarely movies capture the easygoing love embodied in a functional family, with all its support and tenderness.” - Variety ... Claire Denis (Beau travail, MIFF 2000; Trouble Every Day, MIFF 03) paints a nuanced portrait of a shifting relationship between a father and daughter in this tender drama set in the suburbs of Paris. ... Train driver Lio... Read more
The legendary May 1968 strike of Paris left its indelible mark on the Cannes Film Festival, just as assuredly as it left its mark on all of French society. ... 1968 saw the Cannes Film Festival halt in solidarity with striking students and workers across France, and from this swelling of leftist pride sprung the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes program - a non-competitive sidebar for cou... Read more
Two women. A courtyard. A tango. Dancing pixillation. ... Read more
Filmed over 24 hours in an interior courtyard in the Belleville neighbourhood, in the black and white tones of the early mornings immortalized by the Nouvelle Vague. Rapid, crazy, streetwise and esoteric, this vivid film revives the surrealist tradition". ... * Patriri Bensard ... Read more
A festival favourite, François Ozon returns with a thoroughly affecting excavation of love. The forensic 5x2 won the Pasinetti Award, for Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's remarkable performance as Marion, and was nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, 2004. "Five times two or the difficulty of being a couple: five moments in the life of a modern couple... This film is the portrait of a cou... Read more
“There are lots of theories about how to reduce crime but showing 9 Square Meters for Two to youngsters might be a good place to start.” - Variety ... The result of a remarkable experiment, 9 Square Meters for Two was written and performed by actual inmates of Baumettes Prison in Marseille, France. Essentially, these 10 men, who were merely trained in the technical aspects of camerawork and then e... Read more
A bitter, pessimistic cartoon, showing man's utter helplessness in the face of forces stronger than himself. A man's home is invaded by the letter A'. Guile, flattery, magic, brute strenglh fail to remove this enemy. He gives up all hope—then discovers that 'A' has disappeared. After a period of doubt, he is delighted to be alone again. Suddenly, B' appears. ... Read more
Ghostly images flicker through the projector. An unidentified family amuse themselves on a beach. This home movie accidently left in the super 8 camera given to the filmmaker by his girlfriend on return from Belfast becomes the filmmakers obsession. Transfixed by the family m the film he sets out to find them, to return to them their film and their memories. Arriving in Belfast the day after the h... Read more
When a little boy is in love with a little girl, what better present could he make than a bird out of newspaper? But a cat interrupts the festivities and the bird takes flight... ... Read more
Based on Un Incompris by Henry de Montherlant, Bruno and his friend Pierre are in Paris in Bruno's bachelor flat awaiting the arrival of Rosette, who's late again. But this time, Bruno's mind is made up: if Rosette is more than 45 minutes late, the relationship is over. ---D/S François Ozon P Cécile Vacheret WS Celluloid Dreams L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2006/30mins ... Read more
Strikingly photographed psychodrama about twin brothers who become separated during an exercise run. But although Jim exists in John's mind, did he (does he?) ever exist in reality? Shades of The Other and Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari. ... Read more
One of the most promising talents in French documentary filmmaking, Claire Simon weighs in forcefully with her debut fiction feature. A Foreign Body is an original, sometimes blackly comical, disturbing and questioning account of the dramatic consequences of a young girl's faked pregnancy. ... Using a clinical manner honed in her non-fiction work, Simon has made an uncompromising film. The script,... Read more
The husband of a young girl who has just killed herself relates in a formal, almost detached manner, the strange story of their meeting, marriage and life together. It reveals the situation of a relationship between a gentle, but demanding teenager and an older man too set in his ways to cope with her. ... He, an aloof, conventional, middle-aged pawnbroker, is unable to allow himself truly to feel... Read more
This multi-layered and exquisitely French take on the fragmented lives of urban living focuses on one rotten day when everything goes awry for a group of tenuously linked Parisians. Director and co-writer Marion Vernoux captures the myriad moods of her characters as they play out their private dramas of seduction, adultery, pregnancy, divorce and abandonment. For Hortense, the frantic quest for se... Read more
"... A poetic and upbeat celebration of the quiet beauty in unremarkable lives... wonderfully shot and edited with a vivid sense of place and an immensely appealing cast, A la Place du Coeur is a touching portrait of the dif­ferent kinds of love that bind its characters."—Screen International ... "A warmly textured slice of humanist cinema... A look at an average blue-collar family through the pri... Read more
Jean-Louis Duroc, a racing driver, and Anne Gauthier, a script girl, first meet one Sunday while visiting their respective children at a school at Deauville. Both are widowed and feel drawn to each other, but Anne's devotion to her dead husband's memory casts a shadow on their growing love, until Jean Louis' participation in the Monte Carlo rally, provides a turning point in their relationship. ..... Read more
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