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

Titles I-K

Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
"A shell-shocked Juliette is released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering her young son. As life has moved on, she must relearn certain basics. After being banished from her family, she is now reunited with her younger sister, Lea. Hopefully, Juliette will learn to forgive herself in the process."

Illegal
"Tania is a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her 14-year-old son, Ivan. One day, they are stopped on the street for a routine check by the police; Tania is arrested and placed in an immigration detention center for women, while Ivan manages to escape. Threatened with imminent deportation and fearful for Ivan's fate, Tania embarks on a harrowing journey, determined to preserve her dignity and find her son."

I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive
"Thomas is a troubled teenager who was given up for adoption as a toddler and is now obsessed with finding his birth mother. After searching for years, Thomas finally finds his mother single, with a young child, and living in a nearby suburb. Thomas starts a relationship with her which is part courtship and part obsessive and eventually drives him to an act of madness."

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 City of Sylvia = Dans la ville de Sylvia
"A young artist searches the winding streets of Strasbourg in search of an old love. While sketching the beautiful women he sees around him at an outdoor cafe, he believes he sees the woman he met several years earlier. He sets off to find her, dashing down city streets and hoping to finally capture his lost love."

In the Name of My Daughter
"When her marriage falls apart, Agnès Le Roux moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renée, owner of the Palais de La Mediterranée casino in Nice. There, Agnès falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnès is madly in love with him."

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."

Incendies
"After the death of their mother, a set of twins make a life-altering discovery. The pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about the father they thought was dead who is still very much alive, and the brother they never knew existed. Along the way they will piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman."

L'inconnu du lac
"Franck spends his summer vacation searching for companionship and sexual encounters at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a picturesque lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Franck and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship."

Indochine
"Set in French Indochina in the 1930s as the Vietnamese begin to rebel against French colonialism. Dramatizes the last years of French rule through the relationship between plantation owner Éliane, French by birth but born and raised in Indochina, and her adopted daughter Camille, an orphaned Annamese princess who becomes a Vietnamese revolutionary and representative at the Geneva Conference after having a child by French officer Jean-Baptiste, Éliane's past lover."

Inspector Bellamy
"Inspector Bellamy tries to go on vacation but murder travels with him, not to mention his black sheep of a brother, his bored wife, and enough suspects to fill a cruise ship. A suspenseful mystery in which even the inspector has a motive no one would suspect."

Intouchables
"After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, is confined to his home. He employs Driss as home help. Driss is a young guy from the projects recently out of prison - in short, the person the least adapted for the job. Vivaldi and Earth, Wind and Fire, fine language and slang, suits and jogging outfits come together and a clash is inevitable. Two worlds collide and win each other over to give birth to a friendship as crazy, funny, and fierce as it is unexpected. A unique relationship that will make sparks fly and render Philippe and Driss untouchable." - Unifrance website

Les invasions barbares = The Barbarian Invasions
"It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confrom their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life."

Irma Vep
"Aging director Henri Vidal has decided to film a remake of the legendary silent serial, Les vampires, in hopes of making a comeback. Vidal chooses Cheung to play Irma Vep, the leader of a band of jewel thieves. Arriving in Paris unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself stuck in the middle of a stressful situation when the production begins to fall apart and Vidal suffers a nervous breakdown."

It's Not Me I Swear!
"Leon is not like most ten-year olds. This innocent-looking boy with an overly fertile imagination is a young hellion, a consummate liar and thief well versed in breaking and entering his neighbors' homes and running away from his own. When his mom decides to pack up and leave for Greece, Leon does so much to keep her there."