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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles A

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A bout portant = Point Blank
"Samuel is a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet is responsible, and if he's ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet's bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child."

À la vie
"Inspired by a true story. Helene, Lili and Rose met in Auschwitz, where the three twenty-year-old Jewish girls were deported. Thanks to German-speaking Dutch Lili, who was working in the camp kitchen, the two French girls survived. However, after the liberation of the camp, they lost touch. Lili went back to the Netherlands. Rose married a former deportee and settled down in Canada. Helene returned home to France, where she met an old childhood sweetheart, and married him, aware of his impotency caused by sinister doctors carrying out experiments on him in the concentration camp. Determined to find her old companions, Helene puts an ad in a deportees newspaper. Against all odds, the ad is answered and the women are reunited. The reunion takes place in Berck Plage in the north of France. The women rediscover each other, as well as help each other to overcome their Auschwitz demons."

À nous la liberté
"A landmark film in early sound production this is a left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom works his way up from salesman to factory owner. He oversees a highly mechanised operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons. Blackmailed over his past, he joins up with his old cellmate, and the pair take to the road as tramps. Frequently acknowledged as the inspiration for Chaplin's Modern Times."

L'affaire SK1
"An eager rookie homicide squad inspector investigates a murder of a woman who was found with her throat cut. He connects this murder with previously unrelated cases."

L'âge de raison
"An executive at a multinational construction firm, Margaret's regimented lifestyle revolves around meetings, business dinners and pre-scheduled sex with her partner. But when a retired notary delivers a stack of letters written by Margaret when she was seven years old, the successful professional begins to rethink her existence. Moved by the words of herself at seven, Margaret returns to her childhood village to rediscover the fanciful dreams and playful idealism of her youth."

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
"With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael Kohlhaas is a loving husband and family man leading a peaceful existence, until a ruthless nobleman steals his horses, setting off a chain of irreversible events. Kohlhaas resorts to extremes after these crimes destroy his livelihood and trust in the law, igniting a rampage through the countryside in his quest for justice."

Alceste à bicyclette
"Gauthier is a handsome and famous soap opera star; Serge is a serious stage actor who has renounced his profession to live on an idyllic island off the French coast. When Gauthier visits Serge to convince him to join him in a production of Moliere's The Misanthrope, a battle of wits ensues over who will play the lead role of Alceste. Between rehearsals, the two bike along the windswept beaches and rival for the affections of a beautiful Italian divorcee. As tensions mount, Gauthier begins to wonder what are Serge's true plans and motivations. "

Aliyah
"Alex, a young Parisian drug dealer, longs to make a new beginning by opening a restaurant in Tel Aviv with his cousin and make "aliyah", the immigration of Diaspora Jews to Israel, but he must face conflicts that include leaving the city he loves, drug dealing, his complicated love life with a new woman, and a troubled older brother whom he is always financially rescuing."

Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
"Secret agent Lemmy Caution travels to another galaxy and finds himself in a computer-run society which is dedicated to technology and outlaws emotion."

Amer
"Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani's pastiche tour-de-force plays out a delirious, enigmatic, almost wordless death-dance of fear and desire. Its three movements, each in a different style, correspond to the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of its female protagonist. Drawing its stylized, hyperbolic gestures from the playbooks of Bava, Leone, Argento, and De Palma, it takes them into a realm of near-abstraction."

L'ami de mon amie = My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
"Set outside Paris, the film follows the lives and loves of two very different young women."

Amour
"The bond between elderly loving couple Georges and Anne is tested when Anne has a stroke and Georges cares for her at home."

Les amours d'Astree et de Celadon
"In an enchanted, mythical forest, two star-crossed lovers are kept apart by their feuding families. Surrounded by rivals, nymphs, and druids, the two must overcome jealousy, temptation, and other worldly obstacles to keep their passion alive."

Les amours imaginaires
"It's hipster sexual politics filtered through the French New Wave[.] .... When Francis and his best friend Marie both fall for the same guy, all bets are off as they attempt to out-maneuver one another to win his affection. Or at least figure out what his sexual preferences are and who's got a shot."

L'Anglaise et le duc
"Beautiful aristocrat Grace Elliott enjoys her comfortable upper-middle class life and warm friendship with her former lover the Duke of Orleans, until the turbulent French Revolution of the 1790s frighteningly begins. Their friendship unravels as Grace risks her life taking in a fugitive against the Duke's wishes. Soon, Grace urges the Duke not to make a horrifying decision. But ultimately she's unable to prevent several bloody fates--including the possibility of her own."

L'année dernière à Marienbad = Last Year at Marienbad
"A handsome stranger tries to convince a lovely young woman that they had a passionate affair a year ago, 'perhaps at Marienbad,' but she claims not to remember him. He haunts her mind with images by mixing memory and fantasy, fear and desire."

Apaches
"A group of hoodlum teenagers in tourist-happy Corsica embark on a night of mischief that ends in desperation and murder."

L'Argent de poche = Small Change
"A poetic comedy about a group of children in a French village as they grow from children to adolescents to adulthood. Truffaut interweaves vignettes of puppy love, school days, bragging rights, trips to the movie house, loving parents and one boy's escape from child abuse, as he explores the range of young emotions from humour to fantasy to the serious side of life."

L'armée du crime
"In Paris, 1941, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian leads a motley crew of foreign-born resistance fighters in clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. An initially reluctant Manouchian and his team must resort to guerilla tactics and radical measures in the name of liberty. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin."

Artist and the Model = El artista y la modelo
"Summer of 1943. In occupied France, not far from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor, who is tired of life and wars, finds the desire to work again on his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking after escaping a refugee camp in the South of France."

L'Atalante
"When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live with him aboard the barge L'Atalante where they travel along the Seine River. The bride, becomes bored and leaves the ship for Paris where she starts flirting with other men."

Au hasard Balthazar = Balthazar
"Follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations beyond his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a besat of burden, suffering the sins of man. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly."

Au revoir les enfants = Goodbye, Children
"A semi-autobiographical film based on the director's experiences as a schoolboy during the German occupation of France in World War II."

Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob = The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
"A racist, anti-Semitic French businessman is forced to disguise himself as a Hasidic rabbi. Hilarity ensues."

L'aveu = The Confession
"The master of the political thriller became an instant phenomenon after the mammoth success of Z, and he quickly followed it with the perhaps even more riveting. Based on a harrowing true story, influential Czechoslovak dignitary who, in the early fifties, was abducted, imprisoned, and interrogated by fellow members of his country's Communist ruling party, their intentions vague, their methods terrifying."