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

Titles C


Caché = Hidden
"A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband's childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy."

La cage aux folles
"A gender-bending farce about the owner of a drag-revue nightclub, his high-strung transvestite 'companion', and a wedding that defies all odds."

Camille Claudel 1915
"A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel."

"When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule, erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction."

"An epic, intensely detailed account of the life of the infamous international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - also known as Carlos the Jackal. One of the twentieth century's most wanted fugitives, Carlos was committed to violent left-wing activism throughout the seventies and eighties, orchestrating bombings, kidnappings, and hijackings in Europe and the Middle East."

A Cat in Paris
"In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, a neighborhood girl whose mother is a police superintendent, after she falls into a gangster's clutches."

Le cercle rouge = Red Circle
"A master thief is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime. He, a notorious escapee, and an alcoholic ex-cop plan a jewel heist, while being pursued by a police superintendent."

Chacun cherche son chat
"The disappearance of her cat affords Chloe the opportunity to meet her varied neighbours in an old district of Paris."

Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie = The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
"Social satire in which a group sits down for an elegant dinner party, but whenever they try to eat, something interrupts them."

La chienne
"Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, known as Lulu on the street, and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dédé, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dédé's needs of money."

La Chinoise
"Paris, 1967. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students, led by Guillaume and Veronique, form a smal Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. After studying the growth of communism in China, the students decide they must use terrorism and violence to ignite their own revolution."

Le ciel est à vous
"In this uplifting romantic drama, the wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession, and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman."

[La] cité des enfants perd[us] = The City of Lost Children
"This fantastically-twisted fairy tale is chock-full of curious characters and special effects. A sad and heartbroken madman, Krank, is aging prematurely because he can't dream. He kidnaps little children, hoping that eventually he will find a way to steal their sleeping thoughts. The story takes the form of a quest, as a sentimental harpooner-turned-fairground strongman, One, sets out to find his young brother on dilapidated oil rig. He soon falls in love with the gutsy nine-year old girl (who is head of the orphan gang), and together they run a gauntlet of fantastical dangers as they join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from the madman's master plan."

The Clearstream Affair
"In this ripped-from-the-headlines French thriller, journalist Denis Robert sets the world of finance ablaze when he exposes a major European bank's opaque operations. In his search for the truth, he uncovers a dark political financial machine of bribes and threats."


Claire's Knee
"Jérôme, a 35-year-old diplomat, is struck by teenage girl Claire and harbours an unquenchable desire to touch her knee

Claude Chabrol's Innocents With Dirty Hands = Les Innocents aux mains sales
"Saint Tropez. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the murder of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves the rest of the task to Jeff. Julie finds herself alone the following day, and becomes therefore the prime suspect. Where is Louis' body? Where is Jeff? Is there any secret beyond a door? Nothing is what it seems in this highly acclaimed taut thriller."

Cléo de 5 à 7
A girl waiting for the result of a medical examination wanders around Paris thinking she has cancer."

Coco avant Chanel = Coco before Chanel
"Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel."

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
"By the 1920s, Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion. After a disastrous reaction to an early production of his Rite of Spring ballet, Igor Stravinsky has become a penniless refugee living in exile. When the two are introduced, the attraction is immediate and together they embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists."

Code inconnu: récit incomplet de divers voyages = Code Unknown
"On a bustling Paris street corner, four separate lives intersect, interweaving the stories of a promising actress, her photojournalist boyfriend, a teacher of African descent, and a Romanian illegal immigrant. A portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world."

Un cœur en hiver  = A Heart in Winter
"Camille, a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover's business partner, Stephane. She interprets his distance as a sign of intellectual seduction. The love triangle that develops reveals the complexity and imperfection of the three characters."

La collectionneuse
"Adrien goes to a villa on the Mediterranean. He is in vacation, and wants to do absolutely nothing. He has to share the villa with a friend..."

La commune: Paris 1871
"Explores that famous, brief, romantic, and tragic period when poor and working-class Parisians rose up against the 'bourgeois' French national government, which fled the capital and re-established itself in Versailles. As the historical drama unfolds, it is also 'covered' by two television news crews - one from 'National TV Versailles' which broadcasts the official version and the other from 'Commune TV,' giving voice to the rebellious Communards.

"A 30-year-old Italian man is targeted by a Fascist espionage organization to lead a deadly mission in France. He has to arrange an assassination attempt on his former teacher, who is now a political threat. On his journey, his wife will see his troubled past and current moral dilemma violently collide."

"When Michel, an uninspired inventor from Belgium who trades on the success of his father, discovers he is adopted, he sets off to find his birth parents in Canada under the guise of selling one of his pointless inventions."

The Connection
"Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crack-down on organized crime. He decides to take on French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one's warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all. But Pierre Michel will soon understand that to get results, he will have to change his methods."

La conquête = The Conquest
"Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia. This lampoon depicts the future president as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability."

The Conspiracy = Le complot
"In 1962, members of the OAS steal weapons and rob banks in their efforts to free General Challe from Tulle Prison. The police assign Paraux to assist Police Chief Lelong in tracking them down. Despite having men on the inside of the Police, Clavet may be losing control of some of his factions, as terrorist acts begin to play a part."

Conte d'hiver = A Winter's Tale
"A young couple, Félicie and Charles, meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love. In a fatal slip, she gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, she's a Parisian hairdresser with a daughter and two lovers--but her true love, she knows, is forever lost. Or is he?"

Un conte de noël
"Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas when they learn she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. 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. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family."

Conte de printemps = A Tale of Springtime
"The well ordered life off Jeanne, a high school philosophy teacher, suddenly spins into disorder when a young stranger she meets at a party involves her in a devilish scheme."

Coup de torchon
"After Lucien Cordier, the only police officer in a small African village is ridiculed by the local pimp, cheated on by his wife, and suffers his mistresses being beaten, he begins to get rid of the evil ones in his life."

Les cousins
"Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world.

Les cowboys
"When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest."

"Set in 1970's Montreal, Zac is the fourth of five sons, but he's always been more 'sensitive' than the other boys. Growing up in a strict but loving Catholic household, Zac does everything he can to impress his stern father. Through a combination of music, rebellion and humor, Zac learns how to be true to his inner self and to teach his father to love him for who he really is."

Le cri du hibou = The Cry of the Owl
"A troubled young artist has a secret pastime: playing peeping tom with his beautiful neighbor. One day, he finally admits he has been spying on her, only to find she repays the obsession, ferociously."

Crime d'amour = Love Crime
"Within the sterile offices of a powerful multinational corporation, two women come to a face-off. Isabelle is a young executive under the orders of Christine, a powerful woman she absolutely idolizes. Confident of her control over Isabelle, Christine leads her into a confusing, perverse game of seduction and domination. A dangerous game that goes too far, to the point of no return."

"Pierre is a lonely 40-something living with his ill father. Intensely quiet, no one seems aware of is existence. Pierre's only respites from his solitary existence are childhood memories of his dead mother and killing innocent strangers. When Pierre meets Laure, his murderous inclinations subside, but not for long. The tension between his tender, burgeoning romance and his homicidal urges drive Pierre to the brink."