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

New Additions to the Collection (A-K)

Un air de famille = Family Resemblances
"A dysfunctional family eats together one night a week. On this Friday family politics and fights disrupt a birthday party."

L'amant double
"Chloe, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity."

L'argent
"In his ruthlessly clear-eyed final film, French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigor to a new astringency. Transposing a Tolstoy novella to contemporary Paris, L'argent follows a counterfeit bill as it originates in a schoolboy prank, then circulates like a virus among the corrupt and the virtuous alike before landing with a young truck driver, leading him to incarceration and violence"

The Assistant
"With his wife in labor, father-to-be Thomas speeds to the hospital, and in the process, accidentally kills a young man on the road. That death sets into motion events that will change everyone's lives forever, including the young man's mother, Marie-France, who cannot recover from the trauma. Nine years later, Marie-France takes a job, as Thomas's assistant, without him knowing about her connection to his past."

Ayiti mon amour
"A grieving teenager discovers he has a superpower, an old fisherman thinks the cure for his ailing wife can be found in the sea, and a muse struggles to exit the story her author is penning, in this magical neorealist fable set in a coastal village Haiti, five years after a devastating earthquake."

BPM (Beats Per Minute)
"In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists go to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough."

A Bag of Marbles
"The travels of two Jewish boys in occupied France who attempt to escape to the free zone."

Boris Without Beatrice
"It is a morality tale with fairy-tale inflections that focuses on Boris Malinovsky, an affluent, successful businessman who comports himself with an extreme degree of pride and arrogance. When his wife, a Minister of the Canadian Government, is rendered nearly catatonic by a mysterious depression, it triggers a series of events that brings Boris to the point of professional, personal, and even existential crisis."

Calm at Sea
"In October of 1941, two German officers are gunned down in broad daylight in Nantes by French Resistance members, the first instance of German blood to be shed in this region. In retaliation, Hitler orders 100 Frenchmen to be shot. Instead of innocent Frenchmen, it was later arranged that 100 political prisoners would die, selected by the district administrator from a camp in Brittany where Môquet and others like him are incarcerated for various offences."

Ce qui nous lie = Back to Burgundy
"After a decade abroad, Jean learns of his father's failing health and returns to run the family vineyard with his strong-willed sister, Juliette, and his responsible younger brother, Jeremie. As four seasons and two harvests go by in picturesque Burgundy, the siblings have to reinvent their relationship and learn to trust each in this tender and finely-textured saga."

Les choristes = The Chorus
"Follows a teacher and amateur musician as he arrives at a boarding school for troubled boys in France soon after World War II. He forms a boys' choir and befriends a rebellious youth with an angelic voice and an outsider orphan while coping with the repressive environment instituted by the school's headmaster."

Comme un avion
"Middle-aged graphic artist Michel is seized by a sudden crazy impulse and orders a canoe and paddles, everything he needs for an adventure. His wife Rachelle encourages him to set out alone on his escapades..."

Le couple témoin
"The Ministry of the Future chooses Claudine and Jean-Michel, an average French couple, to be the subjects of a reality television program show in which all their actions will be filmed."

Custody
"A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center, a domestic thriller that will keep audiences guessing and leave them with their hearts in their throats. Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad whose son has been turned against him by his vindictive mother."

Dalida
"From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her first concert at the Olympia in Paris in 1956; from her marriage to Lucien Morisse, director of the newly emerging Europe one radio to the height of the disco scene; from her journey of discovery to India to the international success of Gigi L'Amoroso in 1974, Dalida the film is a touching and tragic portrait of an emotionally complex woman who was born to be a star. An unconventional modern woman living in conventional times."

Dany Laferrière: Films from a Poet's Iimagination
"On the Verge of a Fever: Against the backdrop of poverty, fear, and the dictatorship of Haiti in 1971, a sheltered young teen's life takes a turn for the worse after a confrontation with a member of the Haitian secret police. How to Conquer America in One Night: Newly arrived in Montréal and determined to conquer North America by charming blond haired women, Gégé, a Haitian in his thirties, lands up at Fanfan's, his nostalgic uncle who has given up poetry for a good old taxicab and dreams of returning to his homeland. Over the course of one night filled with humor and friendship, highlighted by a party attended by twins Andrée and Denise, two Quebecers with contrasting charms, the two fun-loving guys take stock of their lives, memories and fantasies."

The Death of King Louis XIV
"Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers."

Devil's Weekend
"A young filmmaker sets out to make the most terrifying horror film of all time. But shooting without money and a cast of only his non-actor friends, the director soon realizes the only way to make the most realistic horror movie is to actually murder his entire cast on camera. This is the footage from that movie."

Django
"A powerful biopic focusing on the life of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt."

L'eau froide
"The acclaimed early film by Olivier Assayas about teenage lovers in the outskirts of Paris in the early '70s, whose rebellions against family and society threaten to tear them apart. With memorable party sequences and a rock soundtrack evoking the period, it is a heartbreaking tale of the emotional tumult of being young."

L'économie du couple = After Love
"Boris and Marie have decided to separate after fifteen years together. However, cash-strapped Boris is still living in the family home. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up. Now this apartment is a war zone and their situation a nightmare."

Even Lovers Get the Blues
"Parties and love affairs lead to heart searching deep desires, and the craving to live life to the fullest, as a group of good friends come to terms with the unexpected death of beloved group member, Hugo. Ana, Hugo's partner, attempts to overcome her loss by going to sex clubs, while Hugo's brother, Arthur finds comfort in hook-ups."

La famille Bélier = The Belier Family
"In the Belier family, everyone is deaf except sixteen year-old Paula. She is an essential interpreter for her parents on a daily level, particularly where the running of the family farm is concerned. One day, urged on by her music teacher who has discovered her talent for singing, she decides to prepare for the Radio France Choir audition. A life choice that will distance her from her family and force her to grow up."

La fille inconnue = The Unknown Girl
"One evening after work hours, Jenny, a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. It's only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten."

4 Days in France
"On a seemingly ordinary night in Paris, Pierre takes one last look his lover Paul's sleeping body, then steals away into the early morning light. Where he is headed, neither of them know. Pierre's only guide is his Grindr app, which leads him on a series of encounters with an indelible cast of characters across the French countryside. Paul sets out after him, using his own phone to track Pierre's movements in a strange and wonderful game of Grindr cat-and-mouse."

A French Village
"It chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The series follows the lives of the villagers during the war as their lives become irrevocably changed by the German occupation and its aftermath. The Germans arrive in June 1940; the occupation will go on for five years and will reveal the strengths, weaknesses and secrets of the characters as they come under the pressures of war."

From the Land of the Moon
"In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with Andre."

Les Gardiennes = The Guardians
"An affecting human drama of love, loss, and strength unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return."

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
"It's 1891, Gauguin has exiled himself to Tahiti in order to rediscover his painting, far from the moral, political, and visual codes of civilized Europe. He goes deep into the jungle, managing solitude, poverty, and sickness. He meets Tehura, who will become his wife, and the theme of his greatest paintings."

The Girl Without Hands
"In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins a long journey towards the light. It is the audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker Sebastien Laudenbach, whose beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story has created an adult fairytale destined to become a classic."

Godard mon amour
"Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. His female star is Anne Wiazemsky, writer Franȯis Mauriac's granddaughter, sixteen years his junior. Anne and Jean-Luc have been dating since 1966 and they marry this very year. She admires Jean-Luc's originality, intelligence, wit and boldness while he loves Anne's freshness and - admiration of him. But May 1968 puts their marriage to the test."

Goto, l'île d'amour
"Goto III is an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossi. Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono. Also lusting after the dictator's wife is Grozo, a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement.A surreal fairy tale that takes place on the island of Goto, where a prisoner saved from execution desires the ruler's wife and his throne."

The Great Game
"An elegant political thriller that makes much use of its stellar cast, particularly in the performance of Andre Dussollier, who commits to his character's malevolence with relish."

Heal the Living
"This ensemble drama weaves together the stories of a teen who gets into a serious car accident, the teen's family and girlfriend, the staff at a hospital, and a middle-aged woman who needs a heart transplant.This ensemble drama weaves together the stories of a teen who gets into a serious car accident, the teen's family and girlfriend, the staff at a hospital, and a middle-aged woman who needs a heart transplant."

Henri Henri
"Henri attends to the upkeep of the lights and lamps in the convent where he has been living since early childhood. One day, he is forced to leave the protective walls, and is suddenly sent out into a world that is foreign to him. Lead by his naivety, he tries to bring light into the lives of people who are, like him, alone. He especially tries to revive the fire in Helene's heart, the beautiful box office clerk, who lives in an obscure world and who Henri is secretly in love with."

Hidden Kisses
"Sixteen year old Nathan is the new kid in high school. One night while attending a party he falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. Sneaking away from the crowd, they find themselves out of sight, and eventually work up the courage to kiss each other, but someone takes notice. Soon a picture is published on Facebook, and a storm of bullying and rejection takes over their lives."

Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor
"Directed by a former medical doctor, the film is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin who begins his internship at the hospital ward run by his father. Confident and determined to be a success, Vincent soon realizes that the reality of practicing medicine is a lot grimmer than what he had imagined. Vincent finds himself overshadowed by a more talented intern Abdel who is disadvantaged by his status as an immigrant."

In Harmony
"Marc is an equestrian stuntman. After being traumatically injured in a serious accident, he loses all hope of ever getting back on a horse. Florence works for an insurance company and is in charge of Marc's case. Although they have nothing in common, their brief interaction will impact them in more ways than they can imagine."

In Her Name
"A gripping and emotional legal drama based on a true story that moved France for three decades. In 1982, Andre Bamberski learns about the death of his fourteen year-old daughter, Kalinka. Convinced that Kalinka's death was not an accident, Bamberski begins to investigate. A botched autopsy report raises his suspicions and leads him to accuse Kalinka's stepfather of the murder."

In the Shadow of Women
"Pierre and Manon are a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre's documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter. When Pierre takes a lover, he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with disengagement bordering on disdain. When Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband."

Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc
"France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the tender age of eight, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of France."

Jonas = Boys
"When Jonah was fourteen he met the charismatic but mysterious Nathan. In addition to guiding him in grappling with his sexuality, Jonas soon confronts something dark and even dangerous about his new friend."

The Kid
"When thirtysomething Parisian Matthieu learns that the father he did not know he had has died, he decides to travel to the funeral in Quebec and meet his two siblings. However, once in Montreal, Matthieu realizes that his new family does not share his desire to connect. He is alone, in hostile territory."