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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles W-Z

Titles W-Z

War of the Buttons
"Set in occupied WWII France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac and the 'war' he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette, a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them."

Water Drops on Burning Rocks
"A young man, who is sexually confused, falls in love with an older man. When his ex-fiance comes to see him he needs to decide who he loves more. Unable to cope, he decides to take drastic measures."

Wesh, Wesh: qu'est-ce qui se passe?
"A young man returns to his neighborhood outside Paris after a stint in jail."

What's In a Name?
"Vincent, a successful forty-something, is about to become a father for the first time. He is invited to dinner at the apartment of his sister, Elisabeth, and brother-in-law, Pierre, where he catches up with his childhood friend, Claude. Whilst waiting for Anna, his younger spouse, his fellow guests happily bombard him with questions on his fast approaching fatherhood, but when his hosts ask Vincent what name he has chosen for his future offspring, his response plunges the family into chaos."

White Mane = Crin blanc
"A young fisherman befriends a wild stallion."

White Material
"Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind."

The Widow of Saint-Pierre
"Based on a true story about revenge, fear and redemption. In 19th century St. Pierre, a convict sentenced to death strives to better himself in the eyes of the police chief's beautiful wife and that of the town that she has him working in. Since there is no guillotine or executioner, one of each has to be sent for from France."

A Woman's Life
"A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life in the nineteenth century."

The Workshop
"Antoine attends a summer writing workshop in which a few young people have been selected to write a crime thriller with the help of Olivia, a famous novelist. The creative process will recall the town's industrial past, a form of nostalgia to which Antoine feels indifferent. More concerned with the fears of the modern world, the young man soon clashes with the group and Olivia, who seems at the same time alarmed and captivated by Antoine's violence."

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
"Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, this film opens with a who's-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright's last will and testament. This is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema."

You Will Be My Son
"Paul de Marseul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son. A dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philip, the son of his dying estate manager. Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philip into the rightful heir of his family estate?"

Young & Beautiful
"After losing her virginity, seventeen-year-old budding beauty Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes."

Zazie dans le métro
"Zazie is an energetic, saucy little girl from the suburbs who comes to Paris with her mother Jeanne for the weekend. Jeanne has an urgent appointment with her lover, so Uncle Gabby will be looking after Zazie. Zazie particularly wants to ride the Metro--the subway--but the train staff is on strike. So after the obligatory sightseeing trip to the Eiffel Tower, Zazie loses her uncle and embarks on a series of madcap, rather Rabelaisian adventures. While visually borrowing from silent films and cartoons, there is quite a lot of humor, social satire, cultural and linguistic commentary (drawn directly from the novel) that is incomprehensible without a thorough knowledge of French history and culture in the post-war period. To the average American viewer, it is best approached as a surrealistic, farcical slice of French life and enjoyed accordingly."