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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles F-G

Titles F-G

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain = Amélie from Montmartre
"Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out."

 La faute à Fidel
"When Fernando and Marie decide to dedicate themselves full time to various political causes, their nine-year-old daughter, Anna, must learn to face the world on her own."

Favorites of the Moon
"The intertwining storylines of an art dealer, a thief, a police chief inspector, a gun dealer, an inventor, a beautician, several bums, and a crazy old man play out as an 18th century chinaware set and a 19th century portrait pass in and out of their hands. A surreal cinematic Rubik's cube that examines the bizarre twists of fate that draw people and possessions together and apart."

La fée  = The Fairy
"A charming adventure about a hotel clerk who falls in love with a fairy who grants him three wishes. After the first two wishes come true, she mysteriously disappears. Determined to get her back Dom searches everywhere, hoping to reunite with his one true love."

La femme d'à côté = The Woman Next Door
"A man's marriage is endangered when a woman with whom he had a passionate and painful affair several years ago moves in next door."

La femme infidèle = The Unfaithful Wife
"A man suspects his wife of infidelity. He hires a private detective to watch her, who confirms his worst fears."

La Femme Nikita
"A drug addicted street punk becomes an assassin for the government."

Femmes du 6ème étage = The Women on the 6th Floor
"Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone's life."

Le feu follet
"Alain Leroy is a self-destructive writer who is enduring a treatment in a private hospital because of his alcoholism. The doctor only sees the surface problem and declares it time for Alain to leave the hospital. Alain resolves to commit suicide, but first he goes to Paris and tries to reconnect with some old friends."

Fidelio: Alice's Odyssey
"An engaged female sailor embarks on a journey as a ship's mechanic, only to discover that the first great love of her life is the ship's captain."

La fille du puisatier = The Well Digger's Daughter
"A father, in pre-World War I France, is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his saintly daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper."

La fille du RER = The Girl on the Train
"Jeanne lives in a house in the suburbs with her mother Louise. The two women get on well together. Louise earns her living by looking after children. Jeanne is half-heartedly looking for a job. Louise harbors the hope of getting her daughter a job with Samuel Bleistein, a famous lawyer she knew in her youth. They are set on a collision course because of an incredible lie that Jeanne invents, a lie that grows into the biggest news and political story of the day."

Film socialisme
"Jean-Luc Godard presents a magisterial essay on the decline of European civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean, Godard embarks on a filmic essay on the state of contemporary Europe, international politics, and Western history. In the tradition of his acclaimed political and essayistic films, Godard explores a wide range of contemporary cultural, political and historical themes with his distinctive and innovative cinematic style."

Le fils de l'épicier = The Grocer's Son
"It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed, driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers."

Flight of the Red Balloon
"A young boy who must deal with the increased fragility of his loving but preoccupied mother, finds himself in a unique extended family when a Taiwanese film student helps care for him."

For Ever Mozart
"A theater troupe from France attempts to put on a play in Sarajevo. Along their journey they are captured and held in a POW camp, where they call their friends and relations in France for help."

40 Love
"After losing his job as senior executive in a large chain store, Jerome is determined to start his own new business, despite the concerns of his wife. Their son Ugo, though only eleven, already shows great promise as a future tennis pro, and hopes to get accepted to the national training center at Roland-Garros. Father and son are very close emotionally yet unable to really understand each other."

Four Lovers
"Two couples decide to explore the boundaries of their relationships by swapping partners. What starts as a fun, free-spirited menage-a-4 experimentation full of sleepovers, shared vacations, and dinner parties soon turns into a hotbed of desire, anger, and confusion. As their arrangement leads them down an increasingly surprising and provocative path, the lovers begin to question their personal choices and lifestyles, leading to consequences none of them could foresee."

Free Men
"In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates."\

French Affairs
'When Astrid, a professional therapist who is struggling to find meaningful friendships, starts having an affair with her patient Celine's husband, it creates additional strain on an already difficult relationship with her son, David, who disapproves of his mother's taste in men. Meanwhile, Celine, who is a retired prostitute content with living a domesticated life, befriends David when he tries to run away from home by booking a flight through her travel agency."

Gainsbourg: vie héroïque
Best selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin while employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that acts like a time capsule to '60s Paris."

Les géants
"Teenage brothers Seth and Zak are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is perpetually busy and nowhere to be found. Running low on cash, they decide to rent out the house to a rather unnerving local drug dealer, who was rumored to have killed someone simply with a 'death stare'."

Get out your handkerchiefs = Préparez vos mouchoirs
"Comedy in which Freud's question 'What is it that women want?'is elaborated until the answer -- she knows it when she finds it -- is discovered."

Goodbye to Language
"A couple's relationship breaks down along with the images, which in its second half takes a dog's-eye view of the world. It is a meditation on history and illusion, figures merging and weaving across the screen along with the film's ideas about romantic love and being-in-the-world.'

Graduate First
"Follows a group of working-class teenagers in northern France in their final year of school."

Le grand blanc de Lambaréné
"Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek Ba Kobhio provides a revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Shot on the site of Schweitzer's hospital in Gabon, the film reveals him to be a man blinded to the people around him by his own spiritual self-absorption and arrogance. His paternalism leads him to cast Africans as childlike primitives to be protected from modernity, which for Ba Kobhio embodies the ultimate evil of colonialism in its inability to value the cultural difference and creative potential in Africans themselves."

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire
"When an unsuspecting violinist, the tall blond man, is misidentified by the head of a spy network to his assistant as the target of their investigation and a superspy himself, a series of wacky misunderstandings and silly situations ensues. As the assistant, his henchman fall all over each other in their misguided attempts to discover the alleged superspy₂s vital secrets, his best friend happens by and only further complicates things."

Le Grande bouffe
"Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher."

La grande illusion
"In this classic tale of adventure, duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the commandant while cooperating with his comrades in a daring escape."

La guerre est finie
"A Spanish revolutionary maintains his ideals even though he is warned he will be sold out. Aging, tired leftist Montand travels from Spain to Paris, reports to his political associates, and visits mistress Thulin."