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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles S-T

Titles S-T

"While incarcerated, the famous philanthropist and sexual predator educates a young woman about the carnal pleasures of life."

"Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, founds Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility where girls are brought to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. The school eventually becomes a source of nightmarish anxiety for her, as idle noblemen discover her young charges."

"A richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris"

Le sang d'un poete = The Blood of a Poet
"Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world."

Sans toit ni loi
"An aimless drifter wandering through the wintry French countryside encounters violence, hunger, fear and cold, yet touches the lives of the people she meets with her own ideas of freedom."

Sauve qui peut (la vie)
"This looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people: a television producer, his ex-girlfriend, and a prostitute, to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom."

Le scaphandre et le papillon
"The story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, French editor of Elle magazine, who suffered a stroke at the age of 43, paralyzing his entire body except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind."

Le Seconde
"Farou (Jean Rochefort) is an author whose success is matched only by his lechery. During the rehearsal of his newest play, a scandal unfolds."

A Secret
"A young boy who has a vivid imagination dreams up a brother for himself and a better past for his family. On his 15th birthday he finds his dreams shattered when he uncovers a shocking secret that ties his family to the Holocaust."

Secret Defense
"When a brilliant scientist discovers that her father did not die accidentally but was murdered by a family friend, she swears vengeance. She soon finds herself deeply embroiled in a mystery of lust and intrigue. And when she discovers the truth about her father, it threatens to shake her very foundation in this fascinating thriller by groundbreaking French director Jacques Rivette."

Le sentiment de la chair
"During a medical exam, Helena, a student in anatomical drawing, meets a young radiologist named Benoit. Their mutual fascination with the human body prompts them to begin a passionate romance. Helena has a keen ability to memorize every detail of Benoit's body and Benoit has irresistible urge to uncover the interior secrets of Helena's body. However, their initial eagerness for the intimacy soon gives way to a wariness about the direction of their affair."

"The true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit."

Le signe du lion
"Rohmer's directorial debut depicts one man's physical and spiritual decline. A down-and-out music student living in Paris thinks he's inherited money, but when he discovers that his good fortune is not true, he descends deeper into poverty and Paris's dark side."

Le silence de la mer = Silence of the Sea
"1941. An idealistic, naive German officer in Nazi occupied France is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece. Their response to his presence - their only form of resistance - is complete silence."

A Single Girl
"A young woman works her first day at a luxury hotal and must decide how to tell boyfriend that she is pregnant."

Something In the Air
"Three years after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young people search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning."

Le souffle au coeur = Murmur of the Heart
"Loosely based on the director's childhood, this film portrays a precocious fifteen-year-old boy as he journeys from childhood to adulthood, his story of sexual maturation, and the unorthodox relationship he has with his free-spirited mother."

Sous les toits de Paris  = Under the Roofs of Paris
"A slight and sentimental story of the Paris underworld, with boulevard songs integrated into the action. In spite of Clair's misgivings, his first venture into sound is considered a total success."

Souvenirs de la maison close = House of Pleasures
"Madam Marie-France provides a glamorous life for some of the most alluring and desirable women in Paris, but also treats them as virtual slaves. Among the dozen employees are a cheerful girl with a regular adoring john, a regal beauty who disdains all the men fighting for her services, a long-legged stunner reaching the end of her career, and a sweet and trusting new girl who winds up in bed with a very rough customer."

The Story of a Cheat = Le roman d'un tricheur
"Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career..." - Rod Crawford

"Fred, a casual thief and cool rebel on the run, literally goes underground to escape his pursuers; he encounters a motley collection of subway denizens, including Helena, both his would-be lover and victim."

A Summer's Tale = Conte d'été
"A graduate student takes a vacation and while waiting for his girlfriend, he becomes attracted to two other women. For the next three weeks, he must decide which woman he wants."

"Carole and Delphine fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family farm in the countryside and is forced to choose between her responsibility to them and the life of love she had in Paris with Carole."

Sundays and Cybele
"A psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship, one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. It becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls."

Sur mes lèvres = Read My Lips
"Carla works in a real estate office and has a hearing problem. Carla makes the acquaintance of Paul, a small-time criminal who has just been released from prison on parole. Before long, it becomes obvious that Paul is having an influence on Carla's normally stable nature. Carla and Paul's actions go from malicious to seriously criminal when Paul hatches a scheme to rob a nightclub owner to whom he owes money -- a scheme that involves Carla's keen skill as a lip reader."

Suzanne's Career
"In the second of Rohmer's moral tales, he examines the relationship between two friends and a girl who at first appears easily exploited. It is a complex tale of feelings and misconceptions, acted out within the head of the main character, as part of Rohmer's attempt to more easily simulate the mindscape quality of literature within a film."

Tarik el hob = The Road to Love
"This romantic drama follows a young and apparently straight French-Algerian student, Karim, on a sociological quest to find gay Muslims. Through his investigations, the likable and handsome Karim meets a number of gay Arabs, from self-focused Youssef to sexually aggressive Mustapha. But it is handsome flight attendant Farid who leaves a lasting impression. While the friendship between Karim and Farid slowly intensifies, Karim is forced to confront the fact that his investigation will not only reveal the fascinating history and culture of gay Muslims, but also his own homosexuality."

Témoins = The Witnesses
"The lives of a writer, her boyfriend, a well-known doctor, and an attractive gay man all intersect when they are faced with the AIDS epidemic during the sexual revolution in the early 1980s."

Ten Days' Wonder
"Divided into 10 days, the story focuses on the wealthy Van Horns. Orson Welles plays the eccentric tycoon who lives in an Alsatian chateau with his young wife and his adopted son, a sculptor given to hallucinatory fits that cause him to fear he has unknowingly committed murder. Of course, wife and son are having a passionate affair and being blackmailed, which sets in dizzying motion the complex plot."

Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus
"In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection."

That Man from Rio
"First, thieves ignore jewels to steal an Amazon figurine from the Museum of Man in Paris's Trocadero Palace and kidnap the world's authority on the lost Maltec civilization."

That Obscure Object of Desire = Cet obscur objet du désir
"Middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire of sexual obsession."

35 rhums
"Lionel is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twenty-something daughter Josephine. Lionel and Josephine have a warm and caring relationship. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle and their footloose friend Noe live in the same building. Together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. But when Josephine and Noe become more than friends, Lionel is on edge."

"Therese has married wealthy but arrogant Bernard Desqueyroux, and is now part of his oppressively traditionalist family. When Bernard's younger sister Anna falls madly in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Therese is tasked by the family to persuade Anna to forego the planned nuptials. But as she witnesses Anna's determination to keep her lover by her side, Therese finds her own desire to free herself from the provincial conventions that threaten to keep her forever repressed."

Tip Top
"When an Algerian informant for the French police is found murdered in a small town, two female investigators suspect the possibility of police involvement with the murder."

Tirez sur le pianiste = Shoot the Piano Player
"A timid cafe pianist has given up his career as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. Events force his involvement with gangsters who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life."

Tom à la ferme = Tom at the Farm
"Tom travels to the countryside to attend his lover Guillaume's funeral. He realizes that no one knows his name nor is aware of the nature of his relationship with the deceased."

"Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be 'Mikael', a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret."  - Container.

Tous les matins du monde = All the Mornings of the World
"One of the most celebrated motion pictures ever to explore the art of music tells a provocative tale of romance, lust, desire and intrigue. Based on the lives of 17th century French composer Sainte Colombe and his protege Marin Marais."

Tout va bien
"The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France."

Touche pas a la femme blanche = Don't Touch the White Woman
"Marco Ferreri transplants the Battle of Little Big Horn to the site of a demolished Parisian mall and presents his take on the classic American Western, sympathizing with the Indians instead of the cowboys."

3 coeurs = 3 Hearts
"One night in provincial France, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensely drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed harmony. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a separate direction: Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries."

Trois mondes
"Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most of his life. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run when he hits a man by accident and is urged to leave the scene of the crime by his two childhood friends who are with him in the car. The next day, gnawed by guilt, he decides to go to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. What he does not know is that the entire accident was witnessed from a balcony by a young woman, Juliette, who is going through her own emotional upheavals. Juliette not only called 911, but also helped to contact the victim's wife, Véra, a Moldavian illegal immigrant whom she decides to help and keep company at the hospital. But when Juliette recognizes Al as the reckless driver in the hospital corridor, for some reason she is unable to denounce him. Gradually they get to know each other better through more frequent meetings and phone calls, and Juliette becomes a mediator between Al and the unsuspecting Véra. However, things get complicated when romantic feelings between Juliette and Al start to arise, and Véra finally finds out about their secret relationship."

Le Trou
"In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Four of the inmates have been together for awhile in their cell, when Gaspard, the fifth inmate, is added to the cell. The original four inmates must decide if they want to take him into their confidence or not and whether to continue tunneling or not."

24 Days
"A true story of a heart-breaking kidnapping of a 23-year old from a Paris suburb."

22 Bullets  = L'immortel
"After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseilles mafia, Charly Mattei has turned over a new leaf on his past as an outlaw. For the past three years he's been living a comfortable life and devoting himself to his wife and two kids. However, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille's Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die."

Tu veux ... ou tu veux pas?
"A sexy romantic comedy about Lambert, an ex-sex addict turned marriage counselor who hires the sultry, sex-crazed Judith as his assistant. Lambert's self-imposed celibacy is sorely tested by Judith's determination to romance him. Will her unbridled sexuality derail Lambert's newfound realization that love must come before sex?"

Two Men in Manhatten
"The dark shadows of New York come to life in this rarely-seen, moody, jazz-soaked noir classic. A film by the great Jean-Pierre Melville, who cast himself as a journalist on an ethically fraught mission to track down a missing French diplomat."