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

Titles L


Lacombe Lucien
"The story of a peasant boy in Vichy France, as he chooses between either becoming a Resistance member or a Gestapo recruit while becoming involved with a young Jewish girl."

Laissez-passer = Safe Conduct
"During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate. Jean Devaivre is an assistant director for Continental Pictures, a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans and is headed by Dr. Greven. With a wife and son to support, Devaivre feels he has little choice but to continue with his work. Screenwriter Jean Aurenche, a man who lives for wine, women and song, refuses to work for Greven, and struggles to find a way to make a living with his words. "

Laurence Anyways
"In the '90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend Fred that he wants to become a woman. In spite of the odds, they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the counsel of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend. For ten years, they try to live through this transition, and embark on an epic journey which, unbeknownst to them, may cost Fred and Laurence their love."

Léon Morin, Priest
"Léon Morin is a devoted man of the cloth who is also the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow, a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos."

Life of Riley
"George Riley has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Three couples react to the news with various degrees of emotion. The women are each separately invited to a seaside resort by Riley, and hidden resentments and insecurities in each relationship bubble to the surface, causing a re-evaluation of each couple's love.

Lili et le baobab
"A French photographer is sent to Senegal to make a report, where she learns to know herself. She returns to France, but something in her has changed and she finds it difficult to return to her old life."

The Little Bedroom
"When Edmund is placed in a care facility after taking a bad fall, he discovers that his son has sold his apartment. Determined to reclaim his autonomy, he leaves the facility with Rose, an empathetic nurse still suffering from the loss of her unborn child. However, the unlikely friends must face the consequences when Edmund is reported missing. "

Lola Montès
"The life of a young woman who was a showgirl, had affairs with kings, became a courtesan, and traveled the world trying to fit in. Charts the course of Montès's scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster of the American circus where she has ended up performing."

Un long dimanche de fiançailles = A Very Long Engagement
"Mathilde is waiting desperately for her fiance to return from the war. When bad news arrives she refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into his infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his war stories."

Lorna's Silence
"Lorna is a young Albanian women who dreams of opening up a snack bar with her boyfriend. Without the money, she finds herself entwined in a vicious plan devised by mobster Fabio. A false marriage between Lorna and Claudy will allow her to get her Belgian citizenship. She is then expected to marry a Russian Mafioso who is anxious to get his hands on the Belgian identity papers, after Fabio kills Claudy to speed up the second marriage. But can Lorna keep quiet"

Louise's Diary 1942
"Based on a true story, this is a dramatic tale of a forbidden love in a time of war. Told through the eyes of an elderly man reading a diary from the German Occupation of France in 1942, this is the story of Louise, a young Jewish woman who had her identity changed with the help of Hans, a young SS Officer who rejects the Nazi ideology. The two lovers hide at the home of Huguette, a young cabaret singer. But they can't escape the animosity of war forever."

A married woman leaves her middle-class husband for a leather-jacketed stud she meets in a disco."

Love at First Fight
"Arnaud, facing an uncertain future and a dearth of choices in a small French coastal town, meets and falls for the apocalyptic-minded Madeleine, who joins an army boot camp to learn military and survival skills to prepare for the upcoming environmental collapse. Intrigued and excited Arnauld sings up for the boot camp himself. They soon realize that the boot camp is harder than they had imagined."

Love in the Afternoon
"Frederic leads a bourgeois life; he is a partner in a small Paris office and is happily married to Helene, a teacher expecting her second child. In the afternoons, Frederic daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action. One day, Chloe, who had been a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office. They meet as friends, irregularly in the afternoons, till eventually Chloe decides to seduce Frederic, causing him a moral dilemma."  - Will Gilbert

A Love to Hide
"A stirring drama that takes place in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1942. A gay male couple must keep their love a secret for fear of persecution. Their lives are further complicated by a young Jewish woman seeking refuge."

The Lover
"A poor French teenager embarks on a love affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, defying the boundaries of age, race and class."

Lumière d'été
A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragicomic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle, whose principals range from an artist to a hotel manager to a dam worker.