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

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"While incarcerated, the famous philanthropist and sexual predator educates a young woman about the carnal pleasures of life."

"Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, founds Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility where girls are brought to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. The school eventually becomes a source of nightmarish anxiety for her, as idle noblemen discover her young charges."

"A richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris"

Le sang d'un poete = The Blood of a Poet
"Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world."

Sans toit ni loi
"An aimless drifter wandering through the wintry French countryside encounters violence, hunger, fear and cold, yet touches the lives of the people she meets with her own ideas of freedom."

Sauve qui peut (la vie)
"This looks at the sexual and professional lives of three people: a television producer, his ex-girlfriend, and a prostitute, to create a meditative story about work, relationships, and the notion of freedom."

Les saveurs du palais
"Danièle Delpeuch's story of how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand."

Le scaphandre et le papillon
"The story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, French editor of Elle magazine, who suffered a stroke at the age of 43, paralyzing his entire body except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind."

School of Life
"Trapped behind the high walls of an austere orphanage in suburban Paris, Paul has only ever known one home. His chance to discover the great wide world comes when a bohemian couple, Celestine and Borel, take him back to their countryside home. Borel is the gamekeeper for a vast estate in the untamed French countryside of Sologne. Under the poacher's tutelage, Paul will learn about life and growing up, and also about the forest and its secrets."

Le Seconde
"Farou (Jean Rochefort) is an author whose success is matched only by his lechery. During the rehearsal of his newest play, a scandal unfolds."

A Secret
"A young boy who has a vivid imagination dreams up a brother for himself and a better past for his family. On his 15th birthday he finds his dreams shattered when he uncovers a shocking secret that ties his family to the Holocaust."

Secret Defense
"When a brilliant scientist discovers that her father did not die accidentally but was murdered by a family friend, she swears vengeance. She soon finds herself deeply embroiled in a mystery of lust and intrigue. And when she discovers the truth about her father, it threatens to shake her very foundation in this fascinating thriller by groundbreaking French director Jacques Rivette."

Le sentiment de la chair
"During a medical exam, Helena, a student in anatomical drawing, meets a young radiologist named Benoit. Their mutual fascination with the human body prompts them to begin a passionate romance. Helena has a keen ability to memorize every detail of Benoit's body and Benoit has irresistible urge to uncover the interior secrets of Helena's body. However, their initial eagerness for the intimacy soon gives way to a wariness about the direction of their affair."

"The true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit."

Le signe du lion
"Rohmer's directorial debut depicts one man's physical and spiritual decline. A down-and-out music student living in Paris thinks he's inherited money, but when he discovers that his good fortune is not true, he descends deeper into poverty and Paris's dark side."

Le silence de la mer = Silence of the Sea
"1941. An idealistic, naive German officer in Nazi occupied France is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece. Their response to his presence - their only form of resistance - is complete silence."

A Single Girl
"A young woman works her first day at a luxury hotal and must decide how to tell boyfriend that she is pregnant."

Something In the Air
"Three years after the heady weeks of May '68, a group of young people search for a way to continue the revolution believed to be just beginning."

Le souffle au coeur = Murmur of the Heart
"Loosely based on the director's childhood, this film portrays a precocious fifteen-year-old boy as he journeys from childhood to adulthood, his story of sexual maturation, and the unorthodox relationship he has with his free-spirited mother."

Sous les toits de Paris  = Under the Roofs of Paris
"A slight and sentimental story of the Paris underworld, with boulevard songs integrated into the action. In spite of Clair's misgivings, his first venture into sound is considered a total success."

"A forgotten European song contest singer, fading away in a pate factory, falls in love with a young aspiring boxer. Together they decide to attempt her comeback."

Souvenirs de la maison close = House of Pleasures
"Madam Marie-France provides a glamorous life for some of the most alluring and desirable women in Paris, but also treats them as virtual slaves. Among the dozen employees are a cheerful girl with a regular adoring john, a regal beauty who disdains all the men fighting for her services, a long-legged stunner reaching the end of her career, and a sweet and trusting new girl who winds up in bed with a very rough customer."

The Story of a Cheat = Le roman d'un tricheur
"Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career..." - Rod Crawford

"Fred, a casual thief and cool rebel on the run, literally goes underground to escape his pursuers; he encounters a motley collection of subway denizens, including Helena, both his would-be lover and victim."

A Summer's Tale = Conte d'été
"A graduate student takes a vacation and while waiting for his girlfriend, he becomes attracted to two other women. For the next three weeks, he must decide which woman he wants."

Summer of My Parents
"Fourteen year old Laura and her older sister Josephine spend the summer holidays shuttling between their divorced parents--secretly pregnant Mom and bachelor Dad. But when Josephine falls for a hunk and winds up in the wrong crowd, Laura turns out to be more responsible than the grown-ups who spend their time 'educating' her."

"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."

Sundays and Cybele
"A psychologically damaged war veteran and a neglected child begin a startlingly intimate friendship, one that ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris. It becomes a stirring contemplation of an alliance between two troubled souls."

Sur mes lèvres = Read My Lips
"Carla works in a real estate office and has a hearing problem. Carla makes the acquaintance of Paul, a small-time criminal who has just been released from prison on parole. Before long, it becomes obvious that Paul is having an influence on Carla's normally stable nature. Carla and Paul's actions go from malicious to seriously criminal when Paul hatches a scheme to rob a nightclub owner to whom he owes money -- a scheme that involves Carla's keen skill as a lip reader."

Suzanne's Career
"In the second of Rohmer's moral tales, he examines the relationship between two friends and a girl who at first appears easily exploited. It is a complex tale of feelings and misconceptions, acted out within the head of the main character, as part of Rohmer's attempt to more easily simulate the mindscape quality of literature within a film."