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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles H-K

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Hail Mary
"A young teenage girl claims to be a virgin despite being pregnant and must cope with her family and her boyfriend's reactions."

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not
"Talented art student Angelique is madly in love with Loic, a married cardiologist whose wife is expecting their first child. Things take a dangerous turn as Angelique grows less discrete in her affections and her attempts to separate the couple fail."

Les herbes folles
"A lost wallet opens the door to Georges and Marguerite's romantic adventure. After examining the ID of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn the wallet he has found into the police. Nor can Marguerite retrieve her wallet without being piqued with curiosity about the person who found it. As George and Marguerite navigate the social protocols of giving and acknowledging thanks, turbulence enters their everyday lives."

L'heure d'été = Summer Hours
"The divergent paths of three adult siblings collide when their mother, heiress to an exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly."

L'heure zero = Towards Zero
"When Guillaume has the idea of inviting his ex-wife to the family reunion at the estate of his Aunt Camilla, his new wife Caroline becomes filled with rage. Guillaume hopes they will become friends but the two women hate each other. Things turn really ugly when Camilla is found dead in her bedroom, and only inspector Bataille can put together the pieces. As the inspector untangles her mysterious death, he also begins to unearth dark family secrets including a murderer in their midst."

Hiroshima mon amour
"A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II--he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier."

L'histoire d'Adèle H. = The Story of Adele H
"Based on the true story of Adele Hugo's obsessive love affair which led her to run away from home to follow her womanizing lover across an ocean to Halifax, Nova Scotia."

Une histoire d'amour
"A wealthy French banker and his dominant mistress have made a routine of punishing each other to their limits through increasingly extreme and dangerous desires. But tension in the relationship grows when they negotiate a marriage contract that may be more than either of them are willing to fulfill."

Holy Motors
"Monsieur Oscar, a mysterious, shadowy character, spends a day traveling through Paris in a limousine driven by his loyal chauffeur, Celine. During his travel, he journeys from one life to the next, taking on the appearances of a wide variety of characters, including a captain of industry, an assassin, a beggar, a monster, a reptilian sex god, a melancholy father, and a dying old man."

Home
"A family's peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened only meters away from their isolated house in the middle of nowhere. Refusing to move, Marthe, Michel, and their three children find innovative ways to adapt to their new environment."

Un homme qui crie = A Screaming Man
"Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the " war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for his contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret."

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie = The Big Picture
"Paul Exben is a handsome and successful Parisian lawyer with a perfect family and a glimmering future in the firm he co-owns with his mentor. But behind this perfect facade lies a restless spirit who's uncomfortable in his life and envies the freedom of his neighbor, Greg, an uncompromising photojournalist. After Greg's unexpected death throws his life into chaos, Paul embarks on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention."

L'Horloger de Saint-Paul  = The Clockmaker
"A simple watchmaker's life is transformed when he learns that his son has committed a robbery and murder."

Hors de prix = Priceless
"Irene is with her elderly paramour, on the Riviera, to celebrate her birthday. When he falls asleep on her, she decides to slip down to the hotel bar. There, she mistakes barman Jean for a wealthy guest. He encourages the deceit by taking her up to the Royal Suite for the night. The following year, the same thing happens. This time her lover finds out and disowns her. Knowing Jean is a barman of little means doesn't stop her from wanting to be with him. Jean soon finds himself in Irene's shoes with an older and worldly-wise Madeleine. Even though they both have paramours, the two keep in increasingly close touch."

Hors la loi = Outside the Law
"Three brothers fight for Algeria's independence from France after World War II."

8 femmes = 8 Women
"A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home while his family gathers for the holiday season. The house is isolated and the phone lines have been found to be cut. Eight women are his potential murderers. Each is a suspect and each has a motive. Only one is guilty."

Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
"A shell-shocked Juliette is released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering her young son. As life has moved on, she must relearn certain basics. After being banished from her family, she is now reunited with her younger sister, Lea. Hopefully, Juliette will learn to forgive herself in the process."

Illegal
"Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan. One day, they are stopped on the street for a routine check by the police; Tania is arrested and placed in an immigration detention center for women, while Ivan manages to escape. Threatened with imminent deportation and fearful for Ivan's fate, Tania embarks on a harrowing journey, determined to preserve her dignity and find her son."

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive
"Thomas is a troubled teenager who was given up for adoption as a toddler and is now obsessed with finding his birth mother. After searching for years, Thomas finally finds his mother single, with a young child, and living in a nearby suburb. Thomas starts a relationship with her which is part courtship and part obsessive and eventually drives him to an act of madness."

In the City of Sylvia = Dans la ville de Sylvia
"A young artist searches the winding streets of Strasbourg in search of an old love. While sketching the beautiful women he sees around him at an outdoor cafe, he believes he sees the woman he met several years earlier. He sets off to find her, dashing down city streets and hoping to finally capture his lost love."

In the Name of My Daughter
"When her marriage falls apart, Agnès Le Roux moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renée, owner of the Palais de La Mediterranée casino in Nice. There, Agnès falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnès is madly in love with him."

Incendies
"After the death of their mother, a set of twins make a life-altering discovery. The pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about the father they thought was dead who is still very much alive, and the brother they never knew existed. Along the way they will piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman."

L'inconnu du lac
"Franck spends his summer vacation searching for companionship and sexual encounters at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a picturesque lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Franck and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship."

Indochine
"Set in French Indochina in the 1930s as the Vietnamese begin to rebel against French colonialism. Dramatizes the last years of French rule through the relationship between plantation owner Éliane, French by birth but born and raised in Indochina, and her adopted daughter Camille, an orphaned Annamese princess who becomes a Vietnamese revolutionary and representative at the Geneva Conference after having a child by French officer Jean-Baptiste, Éliane's past lover."

Inspector Bellamy
"Inspector Bellamy tries to go on vacation but murder travels with him, not to mention his black sheep of a brother, his bored wife, and enough suspects to fill a cruise ship. A suspenseful mystery in which even the inspector has a motive no one would suspect."

Intouchables
"After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, is confined to his home. He employs Driss as home help. Driss is a young guy from the projects recently out of prison - in short, the person the least adapted for the job. Vivaldi and Earth, Wind and Fire, fine language and slang, suits and jogging outfits come together and a clash is inevitable. Two worlds collide and win each other over to give birth to a friendship as crazy, funny, and fierce as it is unexpected. A unique relationship that will make sparks fly and render Philippe and Driss untouchable." - Unifrance website

Les invasions barbares = The Barbarian Invasions
"It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confrom their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life."

Irma Vep
"Aging director Henri Vidal has decided to film a remake of the legendary silent serial, Les vampires, in hopes of making a comeback. Vidal chooses Cheung to play Irma Vep, the leader of a band of jewel thieves. Arriving in Paris unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself stuck in the middle of a stressful situation when the production begins to fall apart and Vidal suffers a nervous breakdown."

It's Not Me I Swear!
"Leon is not like most ten-year olds. This innocent-looking boy with an overly fertile imagination is a young hellion, a consummate liar and thief well versed in breaking and entering his neighbors' homes and running away from his own. When his mom decides to pack up and leave for Greece, Leon does so much to keep her there."

J'ai tué ma mère = I Killed My Mother
"Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen."

Je rentre a la maison = I'm Going Home
"Gilbert Valance is a successful theater actor who learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car accident. Over time, Valence's life regains a semblance of normalcy - he takes care of his orphaned grandson, strolls the streets of Pairs, frequents his favorite cafe and returns to the stage. But when an American film director casts him against type in an English-language production of Ulysses, Valance struggles to master the dialogue and his own emotions."

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
"Evokes a sense of impending doom, the daily domestic routine of a middle-aged widow. Her chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her grown son, and turning the occasional trick. Her life is beginning to break down."

Jeux interdits = Forbidden Games
"A timeless evocation of the loss of innocence, Rene Clement's devastating Forbidden games tells the story of a young orphan and her friend forced to fend for themselves in World War II France."

The Jewish Cardinal = Le métis de Dieu
"The true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church; Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II- and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew; earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz; Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side."

Joueuse
"Lovely and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène ... comes upon a couple ... engaged in an intensely sensual chess match and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession, much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage daughter, leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor ... a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives."

Le journal d'une femme de chambre = Diary of a Chambermaid
"A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate. The family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort and she must learn the ways of country living and neighbor revialry. After a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible."

Joyeux Noël = Merry Christmas
"Loosely based on true episodes, this film tells the story of German, French, and Scottish soldiers in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Follows a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, and a German tenor and his beloved Danish soprano as music and the spirit of Christmas create bonds between enemies."

Judex
"A mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernisms with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents."

Jules et Jim = Jules and Jim
"Before World War I in Paris, a girl alternates between a French student, Jim, and a German student, Jules. After the war, they meet again and form a constantly shifting triangle."

Julie = Julie de Carneilhan
"Julie lives alone after her divorce from Herbert d'Espivant, an intriguing man whom she still loves. But when Herbert remarries a wealthy woman with political connections, he puts Julie in an uncomfortable position by asking her to help him rob his new blushing bride."

Keep It Quiet
"An ex-convict returns to his family a changed man."