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

Titles E

Ecoute le temps = Fissures
"Charlotte is a sound engineer who travels to the country home where her mother was just murdered. She is quickly frustrated by the lack of progress in the police investigation and decides to begin her own investigation. While listening to fresh sound recordings she has made in the house, Charlotte discovers a strange phenomenon. She can hear sounds from the past in her headphones. Soon she is using this ability to hear the past to piece together the last few days of her mother's life. She draws ever closer to discovering who killed her, even as the murderer returns to try and eliminate Charlotte."

"A trip into the '90s Parisian electronic dance movement experienced through the eyes of DJ groups Cheers and Daft Punk, who, together with their friends, plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music."

"Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game--a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control."

"A journalist researching an article on student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine finds herself drawn to two young women. The stories these seemingly well-adjusted girls share force the middle-aged writer to examine her own life, family and sexuality."

Éloge de l'amour = In Praise of Love
"This film is divided into two sections which pivot on the death of a young woman. In Part one Edgar, a film director, has searched out Elle to star in a film he is trying to make depicting what he calls the four stages of love. The second part of the film flashes back two years to the time when Edgar first met Elle, the granddaughter of an elderly couple, veterans of the French Resistance, who were selling the rights to their story." 

"Bernadette has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running off to Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers."

L'emploi du temps = Time Out
"Vicent's oblivious journey in taking some time out for himself became 'une grande illusion'."

L'enfance nue
"François is a foster child on the cusp of his teens. Shuttled from one home to another, his behavior grows increasingly erratic, and his bonds with his surrogate parents perennially fraught."

L'enfant  = The Child
"When a small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself."

L'enfant sauvage = The Wild Child
"Follows the capture of a young boy found living like an animal in the forest. Dr. Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard of the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, Paris, believes the child can be transformed into a civilized being. The doctor removes the boy from the institute into his own home. The boy, named Victor, is divided between his longing for the wilderness and his new life with the doctor. Itard, whose teaching strategies survive today in the Montessori Method, is unsure whether he is helping a savage become human or turning a forest child into a semi-civilized idiot."

Les enfants du paradis  = Children of Paradise
"Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman."

Les enfants terribles
"Elisabeth is very protective of her teenage brother Paul, who has been injured in a snowball fight at school and has to rest in bed most of the time. The siblings are inseparable, living in the same room, fighting, playing secret games, and rarely leaving the house. Paul's friend, Gerard, often drops by to stay with them. One day Elisabeth brings home Agathe to live with them. She bears a strong resemblance to Dargelos, a schoolboy whom Paul had a crush on and the same boy who injured him. Paul and Agathe become attracted to each other, causing Elizabeth to be very jealous."

Entre les murs = The Class
"François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods."

Entre nous
"Set in Lyon in the 1950s, this is the story of Madeleine and Lena who are trapped in a rut of middle-class complacency. Their relationship deepens into a dependency that eventually bursts the confines of the provincial society around them."

"In the slums of Paris, a group of students - primarily North African and Southeast Asian immigrants - are staging a class production of the Marivaux play Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard,  about the inevitability of class distinctions. Lead actress Lydia (Sara Forestier) takes to the material, encouraging and bullying the other students to take the production seriously. Meanwhile, her friend Krimo (Osman Elkharraz) plays her love interest on stage and harbors real affection as well."

"Follows the story of an expatriate Russian and his French wife as they return to the Soviet Union in 1946 and learn to live in the post-war Soviet Union. The story eventually revolves around the struggle of Marie to decide if she should stay or leave."

Et Dieu-- créa la femme = God Created Woman
"Juliette is an 18 year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez. Her sweet but naïve husband Michel endures beatings, insults and mambo in his attempts to tame her wild ways."

Et soudain tout le monde me manque = The Day I Saw Your Heart
"Eli, who's about to be 60, is expecting a baby with his new wife. Upon hearing this news, his two grown daughters, Dom, who is trying to adopt, and Justine, who flits from one boyfriend to the next, are shocked. To get closer to Justine, whom he has never gotten along with, Eli has the bright idea of making friends with all of her exes ... without her knowledge. But when Justine falls in love again and Eli is about to ruin everything, this family is on the verge of falling apart."

État de siège = State of Siege
"Costa-Gavras puts the United States' involvement in South American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence.

Être et avoir = To Be and To Have
"This film chronicles a year in the life of a one-room schoolhouse in rural France, presided over by Georges Lopez, a devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11. The film sees the teacher as artist, and presents teaching as a form of love. Because along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, the children learn about what we think of as the basic values of civilization: reason, tolerance, learning, cooperation, and comradeship. In one year, one dedicated teacher, sensitive to children's educational and emotional needs, exemplifies the importance of an abiding faith in children, and in education as a vocation."