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

Titles P

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg = Umbrellas of Cherbourg
"Jacques Demy's musical romance set to a score by Michel Legrand. A shopgirl falls-in-love with a young man who is sent to the Algerian war. She marries for security reasons, and years later they meet again by accident."

Paris
"While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre reunites with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre hope, and a new sense of how he might spend the time still left to him. A story about the middle-class and bourgeois, immigrants and students, fashion models and the homeless, and all the lovers and strangers whose paths could cross and change in Paris."

Paris-Manhattan
"Alice is a Parisian pharmacist who has a fixation on Woody Allen. She has a huge portrait of him hanging in her bedroom, with which she tends to converse, seeking his wise counsel about life. She even hands out DVDs of his films to her customers as medicine for their ailments. Her parents want for her to find a man, but none can match Woody Allen, not even the alarm specialist Victor who services the pharmacy. But there is one thing a man could do to impress her, introduce her to Woody Allen."

Paris nous appartient = Paris Belongs to Us
"Anne, a student in Paris, becomes involved with a group of her brother's arty friends and gets sucked into a mystery involving an American expatriate, a self-destructive femme fatale, a theatre director, and a Spanish activist. The death of the latter provides cause for suspicion of a Fascist plot."

Partie de campagne
"A tenderly comic idyll about a city family's picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men."

La passé
"An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce."

Paulette
"Brash and opinionated retiree Paulette lives alone in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. One evening, upon observing some mysterious dealings outside her building, Paulette discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension; an unlikely but successful career selling cannabis."

Pauline at the Beach
"A teenager, Pauline, and her first boyfriend observe the adult antics around them."

The Pearls of the Crown = Les perles de la couronne
"Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls, four of them now in the British Crown. Episodes whirl us from Pope Clement VII to Mary Queen of Scots, from whom the pearls are stolen while she's occupied with the headsman. Historic events are seasoned with sly, satiric humor, and famous beauties are portrayed by stunning actresses. Then the narrators meet, and decide to try tracing the three unrecovered pearls from 1587 to the present..." - Rod Crawford

La peau douce
"A successful publisher who often travels on business has his first extramarital affair."

Pépé le Moko
"The notoious Pépé le Moko is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the police--until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all."

Persepolis
"In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji as she finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs."

Les petits mouchoirs  = Little White Lies
"Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation, and with that decision their relationships, convictions, conscience and friendships are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other and themselves."

Le petit soldat = The Little Soldier
"Set during the Algerian War, [the film] follows Bruno Forestier, a disillusioned young deserter who becomes involved in the French nationalist movement. He is ordered to kill an Algerian sympathizer, and although he does not hold deep political beliefs, commits the murder and undergoes torture when captured. At the same time, he meets and falls in love with a woman who he does not know is fighting for the other side."  -  Container

La Pianiste
"The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments."

Pickpocket
"Michel, an insignificant man who drifts into crime, is arrested and imprisoned. Upon release, he abandons an attempt at reform when a master pickpocket teaches him his art."

Pièces d'Identités = ID
"A Congolese king searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of coincidence (it must be destined), Mani Kongo is reunited with his daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of friends."

Le plaisir
"Roving with his dazzlingly mobile camera around the decadent ballrooms, bucolic countryside retreats, urban bordellos, and painter's studios of late nineteenth-century French life, Max Ophuls brings his astonishing visual dexterity and storytelling bravura to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the limits of spiritual and physical pleasure."

Playing Dead
"Jean, a 40-year old unemployed actor, has hit rock bottom. Insufferably clueless and egotistical, his over-the-top acting and high-maintenance personality have gotten him fired from countless jobs. At the unemployment office, his counselor sets him up with a rather odd job: helping the police reconstruct crime scenes by standing in for the dead victim."

Playtime
"Modern Paris, a city of glass, steel and the encroaching age of technology. Admist the babble of tourists, the endearingly clumsy Monsieur Hulot tries to reconcile the old-fashioned ways with the confusing new ways."

Plus tard = One Day You'll Understand
"As the 1987 trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, Victor Bastien reviews old family documents and finds a distressing 'Aryan declaration' authored by his late father. This new discovery throws Victor's conception of his family's history into darkness. His mother, Rivka, keeps a stubborn silence about the past, while Tania, his sister, defends their father's declaration..."

Police
"A tough French detective who's a little too attached to his work and is torn between his professional code of honor and the demands of his heart when he finds himself romantically drawn to a drug dealer's girlfriend who's also a suspect in his investigation of a drug smuggling syndicate."

Polisse
"Based on real child investigation cases, Polisse follows the lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. In the realm of some of society's worst criminals, the pressures of the job are matched only by the pressures in the personal lives of the officers. Only by putting aside their individual differences can they find the strength necessary to make a positive change in the community."

Potiche
"A housebound trophy housewife steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike. To everyone's surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action."

Poulet aux prunes
"Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser-Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and await death." - Container.

La promesse
"The life of a fifteen-year old, raised by his father as a petty criminal, changes forever when he makes a promise to a dying man that comes into conflict with his loyalty to his father."

Presque rien = Come Undone
"...tells the story of two young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Mathieu is a quiet 18-year-old boy spending the holidays with his depressed mother. He gets involved with the more experienced Cďric. Their relationship sets off an emotional firestorm in Mathieu as he moves towards adulthood and independence."

The Prey
"Franck is serving a prison sentence after successfully robbing a national bank. Before he got caught he managed to hide the money. Now, more than just the police are looking for it. His cellmate Jean-Louis promises to look after Franck's family when he gets out, but a man named Manuel tells Franck that Jean-Louis is a suspected serial killer. Upon learning that his family might be in danger, Franck escapes from prison while police officer Claire and her team take up the chase."

P'tit Quinquin
"This absurdist, metaphysical murder mystery opens with the discovery of human body parts stuffed inside a cow on the outskirts of the English Channel in northern France. The bumbling and mumbling Captain Van der Weyden is assigned to investigate the crime, but he has to contend with a young prankster, the mischievous Quinquin, as he proceeds to investigate the case."