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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles U-V

Titles U-Z

Va savoir  = Who Knows?
"Jacques Rivette's exciting and delightful romantic comedy finds the French New Wave giant on familiar territory. Namely: theater as life, life as theater, and the junction where both fold together in an expansive universe of cinematic space and time."

Les vacances du petit Nicolas = Nicholas on Holiday
"It's the end of the school year, and the long-awaited holidays have finally arrived. Little Nicholas, his parents and Granny hit the road heading for the sea, and move into the Beau-Rivage Hotel.."

La vallée = The Valley
"The valley is remote and uncharted. The natives of New Guinea refuse to go there because it's where the gods live. But for a handful of 1970's dreamers and adventurers, it's where they must go."

Valley of Love
"A separated couple journey to Death Valley after receiving a mysterious letter from their dead son in the expectation that he will appear to them at a certain place and time in the desert."

"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."

"The story of a wayward young man who comes of age in the world of graffiti art."

Venus Obscura
"A theater director leads his two actors and his assistant to an isolated cottage in the open countryside in order to better rehearse for their theatrical performance of Heiner Muller's Hamlet-machine. Once on sight, the small troupe faces not only the dullness of daily routine, but eventually strange occurrences that turn out to be extraordinary and extreme in nature."

Verdun: Looking at History
"The German troops are entering the Meuse. The alert has been given. The French soldier calmly awaits the shock. All the villages have been evacuated; wives have been torn apart from their husbands, who stay to defend the land the old farmer won't abandon. The German offensive takes place on February 21st, 1916. Following intense bombing from 7:15 am to 5 pm, flocks of German soldiers dash through the bois des Caures. In order to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the end of World War I, Léon Poirier recreated the battle of Verdun and inscribed in history the lives of symbolic characters from both sides of the front. Verdun, looking at history was edited in three distinct parts and is an epic film of great emotional strength dedicated to all the martyrs of the ugliest human passion that is war."

Vers le sud
"Three female tourists have their eyes opened while visiting the poverty-stricken and dangerous world of 1980s Haiti."

Vie de bohème
"A deadpan tragicomedy about a group of impoverished, outcast artists living the bohemian life in Paris. A poet, painter, and composer who scrape by together, sharing in life's daily absurdities."

La vie en rose
"Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally 'rescued' by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music--at least for a while."

La vie nous appartient = [Maybe Tomorrow]
"Two students, Sarah and Philip, after meeting online develop a tragic plan to end their lives. They decide to meet and hike into the Austrian mountains where they would jump off a cliff together. They share their thoughts and struggles, looking into enduring issues about family, depression and fulfillment, while also touching upon the unique issues of growing up in the modern world."

Le vieil homme et l'enfant = The Two of Us
"A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant."

Visiteurs du soir
"Set in the 15th century, two strangers dressed as minstrels arrive at a castle in advance of court festivities, and it is revealed that they are actually emissaries of the devil himself, dispatched to spread heartbreak and suffering. Their plans, however, are thwarted by an unexpected intrusion: human love. Often interpreted as an allegory for the Nazi occupation of France, during which it was made."

Vivement dimanche = Confidentially Yours
"When businessman Julien Vercel is accused of murdering his wife and her lover, he hides in his office to avoid capture. It is up to his secretary Barbara, who is secretly in love with him, to prove his innocence."

Vivre sa vie: film en douze tableaux
"Follows Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress, but a downward spiral forces her into prostitution."