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

Titles T

Tarik el hob = The Road to Love
"This romantic drama follows a young and apparently straight French-Algerian student, Karim, on a sociological quest to find gay Muslims. Through his investigations, the likable and handsome Karim meets a number of gay Arabs, from self-focused Youssef to sexually aggressive Mustapha. But it is handsome flight attendant Farid who leaves a lasting impression. While the friendship between Karim and Farid slowly intensifies, Karim is forced to confront the fact that his investigation will not only reveal the fascinating history and culture of gay Muslims, but also his own homosexuality."

Témoins = The Witnesses
"The lives of a writer, her boyfriend, a well-known doctor, and an attractive gay man all intersect when they are faced with the AIDS epidemic during the sexual revolution in the early 1980s."

Ten Days' Wonder
"Divided into 10 days, the story focuses on the wealthy Van Horns. Orson Welles plays the eccentric tycoon who lives in an Alsatian chateau with his young wife and his adopted son, a sculptor given to hallucinatory fits that cause him to fear he has unknowingly committed murder. Of course, wife and son are having a passionate affair and being blackmailed, which sets in dizzying motion the complex plot."

Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus
"In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection."

That Man from Rio
"First, thieves ignore jewels to steal an Amazon figurine from the Museum of Man in Paris's Trocadero Palace and kidnap the world's authority on the lost Maltec civilization."

That Obscure Object of Desire = Cet obscur objet du désir
"Middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire of sexual obsession."

Théâtre de Monsieur & Madame Kabal : un film dessiné pour les adultes
"...glimpse inside the weird and wonderful world of the theatrical Kabals. The henpecked Mr. Kabal, prone to ogling young females through his binoculars, is never quite beyond the reach of the statuesque and domineering Mrs. Kabal who flutters about, quite literally when butterflies appear inside of her stomach, in a connubial reign of terror. Although it may not always be le beau mariage, Mr. and Mrs. Kabal are nonetheless made for each other."

35 rhums
"Lionel is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twenty-something daughter Josephine. Lionel and Josephine have a warm and caring relationship. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle and their footloose friend Noe live in the same building. Together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. But when Josephine and Noe become more than friends, Lionel is on edge."

Thérèse
"Therese has married wealthy but arrogant Bernard Desqueyroux, and is now part of his oppressively traditionalist family. When Bernard's younger sister Anna falls madly in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Therese is tasked by the family to persuade Anna to forego the planned nuptials. But as she witnesses Anna's determination to keep her lover by her side, Therese finds her own desire to free herself from the provincial conventions that threaten to keep her forever repressed."

This Is Our Land
"An engaged but apolitical nurse gets involved in a far-right political party. Based on numerous recent events in France, it becomes about how Front National operates and how it is perceived by the French."

The Three-Way Wedding
"A series of seductions and surprising alliances ensue when a famous playwright invites the cast of his new play to his country estate. Amongst the guests are his enchanting assistant, his ex-wife, and her new lover."

Tip Top
"When an Algerian informant for the French police is found murdered in a small town, two female investigators suspect the possibility of police involvement with the murder."

Tirez sur le pianiste = Shoot the Piano Player
"A timid cafe pianist has given up his career as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. Events force his involvement with gangsters who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life."

Tom à la ferme = Tom at the Farm
"Tom travels to the countryside to attend his lover Guillaume's funeral. He realizes that no one knows his name nor is aware of the nature of his relationship with the deceased."

Tomboy
"Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy. Summer becomes a big playground and Laure pretends to be 'Mikael', a boy like the others, different enough to get the attention of Lisa, who falls in love with him. Laure takes advantage of her new identity as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret."  - Container.

Tous les matins du monde = All the Mornings of the World
"One of the most celebrated motion pictures ever to explore the art of music tells a provocative tale of romance, lust, desire and intrigue. Based on the lives of 17th century French composer Sainte Colombe and his protege Marin Marais."

Tout va bien
"The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France."

Touche pas a la femme blanche = Don't Touch the White Woman
"Marco Ferreri transplants the Battle of Little Big Horn to the site of a demolished Parisian mall and presents his take on the classic American Western, sympathizing with the Indians instead of the cowboys."

3 coeurs = 3 Hearts
"One night in provincial France, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensely drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed harmony. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a separate direction: Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries."

Trois mondes
"Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most of his life. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run when he hits a man by accident and is urged to leave the scene of the crime by his two childhood friends who are with him in the car. The next day, gnawed by guilt, he decides to go to the hospital to inquire anonymously about his victim. What he does not know is that the entire accident was witnessed from a balcony by a young woman, Juliette, who is going through her own emotional upheavals. Juliette not only called 911, but also helped to contact the victim's wife, Véra, a Moldavian illegal immigrant whom she decides to help and keep company at the hospital. But when Juliette recognizes Al as the reckless driver in the hospital corridor, for some reason she is unable to denounce him. Gradually they get to know each other better through more frequent meetings and phone calls, and Juliette becomes a mediator between Al and the unsuspecting Véra. However, things get complicated when romantic feelings between Juliette and Al start to arise, and Véra finally finds out about their secret relationship."

Le Trou
"In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Four of the inmates have been together for awhile in their cell, when Gaspard, the fifth inmate, is added to the cell. The original four inmates must decide if they want to take him into their confidence or not and whether to continue tunneling or not."

24 Days
"A true story of a heart-breaking kidnapping of a 23-year old from a Paris suburb."

22 Bullets  = L'immortel
"After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseilles mafia, Charly Mattei has turned over a new leaf on his past as an outlaw. For the past three years he's been living a comfortable life and devoting himself to his wife and two kids. However, one winter morning, he's left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille's Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die."

Tu veux ... ou tu veux pas?
"A sexy romantic comedy about Lambert, an ex-sex addict turned marriage counselor who hires the sultry, sex-crazed Judith as his assistant. Lambert's self-imposed celibacy is sorely tested by Judith's determination to romance him. Will her unbridled sexuality derail Lambert's newfound realization that love must come before sex?"

Two Men in Manhatten
"The dark shadows of New York come to life in this rarely-seen, moody, jazz-soaked noir classic. A film by the great Jean-Pierre Melville, who cast himself as a journalist on an ethically fraught mission to track down a missing French diplomat."