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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

À la vie
"Inspired by a true story. Helene, Lili and Rose met in Auschwitz, where the three twenty-year-old Jewish girls were deported. Thanks to German-speaking Dutch Lili, who was working in the camp kitchen, the two French girls survived. However, after the liberation of the camp, they lost touch. Lili went back to the Netherlands. Rose married a former deportee and settled down in Canada. Helene returned home to France, where she met an old childhood sweetheart, and married him, aware of his impotency caused by sinister doctors carrying out experiments on him in the concentration camp. Determined to find her old companions, Helene puts an ad in a deportees newspaper. Against all odds, the ad is answered and the women are reunited. The reunion takes place in Berck Plage in the north of France. The women rediscover each other, as well as help each other to overcome their Auschwitz demons."

L'affaire SK1
"An eager rookie homicide squad inspector investigates a murder of a woman who was found with her throat cut. He connects this murder with previously unrelated cases."

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."

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."

La chienne
"Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, known as Lulu on the street, and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dédé, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dédé's needs of money."

The Clearstream Affair
"In this ripped-from-the-headlines French thriller, journalist Denis Robert sets the world of finance ablaze when he exposes a major European bank's opaque operations. In his search for the truth, he uncovers a dark political financial machine of bribes and threats."

Les cowboys
"When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest."

Cruel
"Pierre is a lonely 40-something living with his ill father. Intensely quiet, no one seems aware of is existence. Pierre's only respites from his solitary existence are childhood memories of his dead mother and killing innocent strangers. When Pierre meets Laure, his murderous inclinations subside, but not for long. The tension between his tender, burgeoning romance and his homicidal urges drive Pierre to the brink."

Le dernier diamant = The Last Diamond
"Simon Carrerra has just been released from prison and is now on parole. His friend Albert persuades him back to his old ways with the idea of a big-time heist of a celebrated diamond in Antwerp; the "Florentine." The jewel's owner, Marie Neuville, suddenly passes away and her daughter, Julia, is left in charge of the sale. Simon encounters Julia while posing as a friend of Julia's mother. Slowly but surely, the two become closer. He manages to use their relationship to get to the diamond and the heist is a success. However, another member of the heist has a different motive and Simon has to decide if he wants to continue with the crime or help Julia recover the diamond."

Elle
"Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game--a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control."

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."

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

Loulou
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A married woman leaves her middle-class husband for a leather-jacketed stud she meets in a disco."

Manor of Love = Manoir de l'Amour
"Modern women don't wait around for pleasure to find them, they go and get it!"

La marche = The Marchers
"In 1983 France, teen aged Mohamed (Jallab) is shot by a policeman, but survives. Rejecting his friends' proposal of violent retribution, he proposes political action inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King. With two friends, and support from Dubois (Gourmet), the priest of Minguettes (Lyon), they embark on a non-violent March for Equality and Against Racism between Marseille and Paris."

Marguerite
"1921 not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont's castle. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream."

A Married Woman
"Charlotte is a young married woman having an affair with an actor. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she must decide which man is the father and which man she will stay with. In Godard's hands, however, the film, described as 'a film about a woman's beauty and the ugliness of her world, ' is also a biting critique of consumer culture and the media constructed obsession with image."

Mauvaise graine = Bad Grain
"Shot in France during Wilder's migration from Germany to the U.S. Mauvaise graine centers around Henry Pasquier (Pierre Mingand), the spoiled son of a wealthy doctor, who discovers high-octane thrills, jazz-era romance and a sense of purpose in life when he unwittingly falls into the company of an organized ring of car thieves. After befriending Jean (Raymond Galle), a dapper young chap with a curious fetish for men's neckties, Henry falls in love with Jean's sister Jeannette (legendary screen diva Danielle Darrieux), who works as car-bait for the gang, luring love-hungry Parisian gentlemen away from their chrome-plated carriages."

Moi, un noir
"[This film] marked Jean Rouch's break with traditional ethnography and his embrace of the collaborative and improvisatory strategies he called 'shared ethnography' and 'ethnofiction.' The film depicts an ordinary week in the lives of men and women from Niger who have migrated to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, for work."

The Mouth Agape
"A family copes with life's changes as the matriarch lies dying from cancer"

My King
"Admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident, Tony becomes dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers while looking back on a turbulent relationship she experienced with megalomaniac Georgio. Who is this man that she loved so deeply, and how did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?"

News from the Planet Mars
"Philippe Mars is a reasonable man in an unreasonable world. He's trying to be a good father, a kind ex-husband, a nice colleague, and an understanding sibling, but the planets have not been exactly aligned in his favor lately."

Ni le ciel ni la terre = Neither Heaven Nor Earrth
"Afghanistan 2014. As the withdrawal of troops approaches, Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad have been assigned a surveillance mission in a remote valley of Wakhan, on the border of Pakistan. Despite Antares and his men's determination, control of the secluded valley will slowly fall out of their hands. One dark night, soldiers begin to mysteriously disappear in the valley."

Une nuit sans fin
"From Ovidie...comes a new film destined to become an erotic classic"

Out 1
"Four separate stories are intercut and eventually intermix involving the members of two theatrical troupes, stolen letters, blackmail, etc."

La passé
"An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce."

Summertime
"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."

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."