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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles U-Z

Titles U-Z

Va savoir  = Who Knows?
"Jacques Rivette's exciting and delightful romantic comedy finds the French New Wave giant on familiar territory. Namely: theater as life, life as theater, and the junction where both fold together in an expansive universe of cinematic space and time."

La vallée = The Valley
"The valley is remote and uncharted. The natives of New Guinea refuse to go there because it's where the gods live. But for a handful of 1970's dreamers and adventurers, it's where they must go."

Valley of Love
"A separated couple journey to Death Valley after receiving a mysterious letter from their dead son in the expectation that he will appear to them at a certain place and time in the desert."

Vampires
"The 'true' story of a clan of vampires trying to hold their family together and get along with the neighbors. Dad seems to be channeling Bela Lugosi. Mom's a little bit off. Throw a rebellious son and a daughter pining for her lost mortality into the mix and it's a recipe for family discord. Add a bewildered documentary crew and things are bound to get a little chaotic."

Vandal
"The story of a wayward young man who comes of age in the world of graffiti art."

Verdun: Looking at History
"The German troops are entering the Meuse. The alert has been given. The French soldier calmly awaits the shock. All the villages have been evacuated; wives have been torn apart from their husbands, who stay to defend the land the old farmer won't abandon. The German offensive takes place on February 21st, 1916. Following intense bombing from 7:15 am to 5 pm, flocks of German soldiers dash through the bois des Caures. In order to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the end of World War I, Léon Poirier recreated the battle of Verdun and inscribed in history the lives of symbolic characters from both sides of the front. Verdun, looking at history was edited in three distinct parts and is an epic film of great emotional strength dedicated to all the martyrs of the ugliest human passion that is war."

Vers le sud
"Three female tourists have their eyes opened while visiting the poverty-stricken and dangerous world of 1980s Haiti."

Vie de bohème
"A deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris. A poet, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life's daily absurdities."

La vie en rose
"Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally 'rescued' by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music--at least for a while."

Le vieil homme et l'enfant = The Two of Us
"A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant."

Visiteurs du soir
"Set in the 15th century, two strangers dressed as minstrels arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities, and it is revealed that they are actually emissaries of the devil himself, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love. Often interpreted as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France, during which it was made."

Vivement dimanche = Confidentially Yours
"When businessman Julien Vercel is accused of murdering his wife and her lover, he hides in his office to avoid capture. It is up to his secretary Barbara, who is secretly in love with him, to prove his innocence."

Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux
"Follows Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress, but a downward spiral forces her into prostitution."

Water Drops on Burning Rocks
"A young man, who is sexually confused, falls in love with an older man. When his ex-fiance comes to see him he needs to decide who he loves more. Unable to cope, he decides to take drastic measures."

What's In a Name?
"Vincent, a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the apartment of his sister, Elisabeth, and brother-in-law, Pierre, where he catches up with his childhood friend, Claude. Whilst waiting for Anna, his younger spouse, his fellow guests happily bombard him with questions on his fast approaching fatherhood, but when his hosts ask Vincent what name he has chosen for his future offspring, his response plunges the family into chaos."

White Mane = Crin blanc
"A young fisherman befriends a wild stallion."

White Material
"Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind."

The Widow of Saint-Pierre
"Based on a true story about revenge, fear and redemption. In 19th century St. Pierre, a convict sentenced to death strives to better himself in the eyes of the police chief's beautiful wife and that of the town that she has him working in. Since there is no guillotine or executioner, one of each has to be sent for from France."

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
"Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, this film opens with a who's-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright's last will and testament. This is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema."

You Will Be My Son
"Paul de Marseul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son. A dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philip, the son of his dying estate manager. Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philip into the rightful heir of his family estate?"

Young & Beautiful
"After losing her virginity, seventeen-year-old budding beauty Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes."

Zazie dans le métro
"Zazie is an energetic, saucy little girl from the suburbs who comes to Paris with her mother Jeanne for the weekend. Jeanne has an urgent appointment with her lover, so Uncle Gabby will be looking after Zazie. Zazie particularly wants to ride the Metro--the subway--but the train staff is on strike. So after the obligatory sightseeing trip to the Eiffel Tower, Zazie loses her uncle and embarks on a series of madcap, rather Rabelaisian adventures. While visually borrowing from silent films and cartoons, there is quite a lot of humor, social satire, cultural and linguistic commentary (drawn directly from the novel) that is incomprehensible without a thorough knowledge of French history and culture in the post-war period. To the average American viewer, it is best approached as a surrealistic, farcical slice of French life and enjoyed accordingly."