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

Titles B

Un baiser s'il vous plait  = Shall We Kiss?
"When Gabriel and Emilie meet by chance, he offers her a ride and they spend the evening getting along famously. At the end of the night, Emilie declines Gabriel's offer of 'a kiss without consequences'. Emilie admonishes him that a kiss could have unexpected consequences, and tells him a story unfolding in flashbacks about the impossibility of indulging your desires without affecting someone's life."

Bande à part = Band of Outsiders
"Two burglars plan a robbery with a young woman they just met."

Bande de filles = Girlhood
"Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the 'boys' law' in the neighborhood, Marieme .starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection."

Les barbouzes
"After the death of an infamous arms dealer, four secret agents try to seduce his young widow to obtain his secrets for their respective countries."

La bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers
"Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence."

Un beau dimanche
"Baptiste is a loner. A gifted primary teacher living in the south of France, he knows how to bring their schoolwork alive for his pupils but never remains in the same job for more than a term. His unremarkable appearance masks cracks, even violence. When he is left unwittingly in charge of Mathias one weekend by the child's negligent father, the boy takes Baptiste to his mother Sandra, a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier."

Le beau Serge
"Follows a successful yet sickly young man who returns home to the small village where he grew up. There, he finds himself at odds with his former close friend - now unhappily married and a wretched alcoholic - and the provincial life he represents."

La belle captive
"Walter becomes fascinated with Marie-Ange after seeing her in a nightclub. One evening, he finds her bound in the middle of the road. After a surreal night of passion, he awakens the next morning to wonder if it all was just a dream."

Being 17
"Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires."

Belle de jour
"Subtle, erotic film about a wealthy young surgeon's wife who indulges her masochistic fantasies by working as a part-time prostitute in a Paris brothel."

Belle et la bête = Beauty and the Beast
"Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast.

Beyond the Walls
"When Paulo, a young pianist, meets Ilir, a lone bass player, it's love at first sight. Confronted by his girlfriend, Paulo finds himself out on the streets and soon living with Ilir. After Paulo promises Ilir that he will love him forever, Ilir leaves town for a concert and never comes back. It is a heartbreaking examination of the thrills, sacrifices, and disappointments of falling in love."

Les Biches = Bad Girls
"Socialite Frederique encounters young student Why on the streets of Paris, seduces her and whisks her off to spend winter with the chic crowd in St. Tropez. When architect Paul meets Why, he too charms her and comes between the two lovers, resulting in a ménage-à-trois beset by jealousy, madness, and ultimately, murder. It is a landmark film in history; its theme of bisexuality and upper-class decadence is surpassed only by its cool precision of cinematic style and exceptionally subtle performances."

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis  = Welcome to the Sticks
"Post office manager Philippe longs for a transfer to the sunny, sophisticated south of France. But when his attempt to cheat his way into a transfer backfires, he is sent instead to Nord-Pas de Calais. This northern province is known for its chilly dampness, its drunken, unemployable population, its terrible food and an impenetrable dialect known as Ch'timi. But Philippe soon learns to love these people so much that he must devise a strategy, with the help of the natives, to keep his left-behind wife from discovering his secret."

Blaise Pascal
"Evoking the terror and desperation of the seventeenth century, this film brings to life Blaise Pascal, the philosopher and mathematician who, amidst religious persecution and ignorance, believed in a harmony between God and science."

Les bonnes femmes
"Four Parisian shop girls, Ginette, Rita, Jacqueline and Jane seek fulfillment and love. Rita has a fiance whose family is obsessed with social status. Jane has a boyfriend in the army, but she still enjoys herself with chance encounters. Ginette has a secret passion that keeps her away from her colleagues at nights. Jacqueline is lonely, but a mysterious motorcyclist constantly follows her."

Boudu sauvé des eaux = Boudu Saved from Drowning
"A well-off bookseller rescues a tramp from a suicidal plunge into the Seine and his family dedicates itself to reforming him. He shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations, challenging the hidebound principles of his hosts."

Breathless = A bout de souffle
"A small-time hood kills a policeman and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend betrays him to the police and he gets killed trying to escape."

Buffet froid
"A farcical thriller features Gerard Depardieu as an unemployed drifter obsessed with murder and death."