"The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette, a successful stage actress. He tells her friend Claudine, a realistic and enterprising reporter, that he's thinking of proposing. Into the mix steps Carl Erickson, a charming Hollywood matinée idol in Paris briefly. He meets Paulette, sees her act (his box seat compliments of Philippe), and sets out to seduce her. The next two days bring talk, tears, separation, despair, surprises, and, perhaps, reconciliation as characters speak 'exactly half the truth.' It's a quadrille of changing partners." - firstname.lastname@example.org
Le quai des brumes = Port of Shadows
"A deserter from the French military drifts into a small town, where he falls for a troubled young woman."
Quai des orfèvres
"A jealous husband is accused of murder after a man his wife was flirting with turns up dead."
4 aventures de Reinette and Mirabelle
"Over the course of four episodes, two young women - one from the city, the other from the country - meet and bond over an exquiste atmospheric event. They, then, room together in Paris, where they encounter many of the inevitable charaters of a modern city; the impossible waiter, the metro station hustler, and the snooty gallery owner. Rohmer imbues them with his special brand of magic, making them remarkably compelling and unforgettable."
Les quatre cents coups = The 400 Blows
"Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen."
Que la bête meure = This Man Must Die
"A writer searches for the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son
La question humaine = Heartbeat Detector
"Simon, the staff shrink for the French branch of a German-owned petrochemical company called SC Farb. Something is amiss at Farb, notably its faltering, failing chief executive, Mathias Jüst. . . The shadow of the Nazi death camps hangs over the late-capitalist world sketched in this film."--Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Qu'Allah bénisse la France! = May Allah Bless France!
"Regis is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band, but he must accept drug money for the sake of his project. Discovering Islam and love, he bears with the harsh loss and paybacks of delinquency, until he finds the strength to express himself through music and slam-poetry and ultimately becomes a major artist of the French music scene. Based on Adb Al Malik real-life experiences."
"Dramatizes the true experiences of individuals caught up in the Vel' d'Hiv roundup. In the summer of 1942 the French government, on the orders of the Nazi occupiers, conducted mass arrests of Jews in Paris and herded them into the Velodrome d'Hiver and a nearby internment camp from which they were ultimately shipped to Auschwitz and executed. Over 13,000 victims, including over 4000 children, were subjects of this atrocity."
"Stanislas Graff, a powerful industrialist, is kidnapped one morning from in front of his building by a group of gangsters. So begins a nightmare where he's humiliated, abused, and treated inhumanely. Although he resists, allowing his kidnappers no hold over him, he accepts everything without rebelling or any kind of cry or complaint; he responds with dignity to barbarity. Outside, his world slowly collapses when his true nature is revealed."
Le rayon vert = Summer
"The story of Delphine, a sensitive Paris secretary, whose vacation plans are suddenly cancelled and her friends try to help her with advice and invitations with initially unsatisfactory results."
"Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich, and in love, but drugs have invaded their lives. After Louis' fatal overdose, Mousse soon learns she is pregnant. Feeling lost, Mousse escapes to a beautiful beach house far from Paris and is soon joined in her refuge by Louis' gay brother, Paul. The two strangers gradually develop an unusual and deeply moving relationship as Ozon continues his unique exploration of the nature of family and blood ties."
La règle du jeu = The Rules of the Game
"Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs."
La Reine Margot
"Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her."
"Gabin plays Laurent, a salvage-boat captain who rescues a merchant vessel from a storm-tossed sea. The vessel's far-from-grateful captain (Jean Marchat) manages to skip without paying Laurent his salvage money, leaving behind his wife Catherine (Michele Morgan). Tending to Catherine's injuries until they reach port, Laurent falls in love with the woman, despite the fact that he is already married to the seriously ill Yvonne (Madeleine Renaud). It takes a lot of doing, but Laurent eventually ends his affair and allows his own wife to expire believing that he's been 100% faithful."
"Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, pere et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse."
Respire = Breathe
"Charlie is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. Enter Sarah, a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy."
Le retour de Martin Guerre = The Return of Martin Guerre
"The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later."
"Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film, 1996) and honored by critics as one of the year's 10 best motion pictures, Ridicule is an exceptionally entertaining tale of passion and deceit! In a desperate quest to save his hometown, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis XVI! But his mission is complicated when he finds himself locked in a dangerous triangle with two very seductive ladies: a sophisticated older woman who can help him ... and an innocent young beauty with nothing to offer but her love! Wickedly funny humor and outstanding performances highlight this must-see triumph!"
Roman de gare
"Judith Ralitzer, novelist and femme fatale, is seeking characters for her next best-seller. Meanwhile, a serial killer has just escaped from a high security prison. Their paths are about to cross."
"Claiming he loves her, but that he has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic connection."
Romantics Anonymous = Emotifs anonynes
"Jean-Rene is the boss of a chocolate factory and Angelique is a talented chocolate maker. They are both emotionally challenged people. Drawn together through a shared passion for chocolate, Jean-Rene and Angelique fall in love, but neither is able to express how they feel. Sadly, their crippling shyness is driving them apart. But eventually, they manage to overcome their lack of self-confidence, and risk baring their true feelings."
"La Ronde translates as 'the round' which can refer to the policeman's beat, a circle of dancers, or a carousel, all of which this circular collection of interconnected short stories resembles. Each scene is built around a specific pair, and when one member of the pair breaks away from his or her lover, he or she then moves on to the next, introducing the partner that will lead on to the next pair, and so on until we are back where we started. Many of these lovers are seeking something they've lost in arms that look familiar but that belong to strangers. La ronde is the bittersweet note sounded by the circular nostalgia of the heart."
Les roseaux sauvages = Wild Reeds
"A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young François is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend Maïté. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart."
"Fiona and Dom have only one other passion in their lives besides each other - dancing. When a car accident turns their lives upside down, they stop at nothing to continue their dreams of competitive dancing."
La rupture = The Breach
"A woman, with a checkered past, divorces her abusive, addict husband after he beats up their young son, breaking his leg and giving him a concussion. The husband's wealthy family tries to gain custody of the boy through the courts, but when that fails they hire a man to do whatever it takes to discredit the mother."