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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions to the Collection (Titles L-M)

New Additions to the Collection (Titles L-M)

Lady Chatterley et l'homme des bois
"A young woman, unable to be intimate with her husband after his war injuries, seeks solace and physical passion in the arms of a gamekeeper."

Let the Corpses Tan
"After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood."

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
"Two siblings are raised in isolation by their 'father.' After their father hangs himself, one of the sons goes to the nearby village to get a coffin. While in the village, the son discovers he wasn't castrated at a young age, but was in fact a girl."

Ma Loute = Slack Bay
"Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide."

Médecin de campagne = The Country Doctor
"All the people in this countryside area can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who heals and reassures them day and night, seven days a week. Now Jean-Pierre is sick, so he sees Natalie, a young doctor, coming from the hospital to assist him. Will she adapt to this new life and be able to replace the man believed to be irreplaceable?"

Memoir of War
"Marguerite Duras must navigate the Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband, Robert Antelme. After he's deported to Dachau in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, she becomes friendly with French collaborator Rabier to gain information at considerable risk to her underground cell. But as the months wear on, she must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable."

The Midwife
"Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Beatrice, the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together."

Moka
"Diane Kramer is led by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha color Mercedes which hit her son and devastated her life. With a few belongings, some money and a gun, she goes to Evian, where she's learned the driver lives. But sometimes the path of revenge is more tortuous that it seems. Diane will have to face another woman, friendly and mysterious."

Monsieur & Madame Adelman
"The decades-spanning tumultuous romance of a quintessentially French couple is chronicled in this thought-provoking, funny movie. Told in flashback from the early 1970s forward, this epic love-hate relationship begins as angst-ridden writer Victor meets Sarah, a brilliant doctoral student, and they fall head-over-heels for each other. A complicated courtship and eventual marital discord ensue, as the egocentric Victor becomes a literary superstar, while the enigmatic Sarah lingers in the shadows."

My Friend Victoria
"The wealthy, white, well-intentioned, family of one of her schoolmates takes in an eight-year-old black child, named Victoria, for a night. The experience haunts her for years to come, shaping her desires and offering a mirage of privilege that she dreams of but finds impossible to attain. As an adult, she drifts from job to job, but then unexpectedly reconnects with the family's youngest son in an encounter that will reshape her life yet again."

My Life With James Dean
"Invited to present his first film in Normandy, the young director Geraud Champreux has no idea this film tour is about to change his life. From wild stampedes to woeful screenings, from trawler trips to drunken evenings, Geraud ends up finding inspiration in this unlikely town at the end of the earth."

Nelly
"A film inspired by the life and work of Nelly Arcan. A portrait of a fragmented woman, lost between irreconcilable identities: writer, lover, call girl, and star. Several women in one, navigating between great exaltation and great disenchantment. A film mirror of a violent life and a radical work. A tribute to a dense writing, chilling and necessary."

Never Ever
"The film swirls around a self-centered filmmaker who during a screening of one of his films, wanders into an adjoining gallery and becomes mesmerized by a young performance artist. Dumping his leading lady and long-time lover, Rey embarks on a wild a delirious affair with the equally willing Laura. Holed up in Rey's remote country mansion, the couple appears to have found bliss, until, one day, Laura is disturbed by strange noises that turn out to be a prelude to disconcerting developments."

Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart
"The chilling true story of notorious serial killer Alain Lamare who exclusively targeted young women, while simultaneously trying to start a love affair with his pretty cleaning lady. In a truly mordant twist, while Lamare was terrorizing France in the winter of 1978, he was also an outstanding police officer tasked with apprehending the killer."

Nocturama
"A group of tense, shifty adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated sequences that they're already well underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture."

Number One Fan
"Muriel, a beautician, for the past two decades has been French crooner Vincent Lacroix's number one fan. She spends most of her free time keeping up with his new songs and his shows. Then one night, she opens her door to find Vincent, her idol, standing on her doorstep. His arrival turns Muriel's life upside down, as she embarks on a journey that even she could not have invented."

Mouton
"One's destiny of an simple life as a seaside restaurant employee would be torn away on one tragic night."

On a failli être amies
"Marithe works in a training center and her main responsibility is to assist people seeking alternative job options. One day, Carole arrives at the center, looking for new professional opportunities. She can no longer stand the pressure of working with her talented Michelin-starred chef husband, Sam, nor does she want to live in his shadow. She's never finished her studies and thus reaches out to Marithe to turn her life around."

1:54
"Tim, a sixteen-year-old teenager, is gifted with a natural athletic ability and driven by a fierce rage to win. How far would he be willing to go to push back his limits and to not 'disappear' under the threat of intimidation?"

Ophelia
"Ivan, a high-strung and intense young man of means, suspecting that his mother, Claudia, and Uncle Adrian are responsible for the death of his father, sets out to reveal their foul deed. Concocting a clever ruse to unmask the accused, Ivan's fever dream of revenge takes a unexpected turn."

The Outsider
"Tells the true story of France's greatest financial scandal and Jerome Kerviel, the low-profile young trader who was held responsible. When all was said and done, the bank suffered a huge loss. Kerviel was fired, sued, arrested and imprisoned, making him the most famous Frenchman to ever sit in front of a Bloomberg Terminal and pay the price."

Panique
"Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to suspect the worst of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivier's first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory for the behavior of Duvivier's countrymen during the war."

Les parents terribles
"Young Michel is in love with the attractive Madeleine, so he decides to tell his parents of his intention to marry her. He thinks his announcement is innocent enough; his engagement, however, threatens to reveal dark secrets lurking within his family's home."

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
"It's after midnight in a Paris gay sex club when Théo and Hugo lock eyes across the crowded room- and their connection is electric."

A Paris Education
"Etienne, a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It's a seemingly idyllic life of the mind, until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude."

Permanent Green Light
"In Northern France, a young man is obsessed with the idea of making himself explode in public. He's not suicidal. He's not driven by ideology. He's just interested in the effect on people."

Plaire, aimer et courir vite
"Paris, 1993. Jacques is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense of romance and humor in spite of the turmoil in his life and the world. While on a work trip to Brittany, he meets Arthur, an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties, who is experiencing a sexual awakening and eager to get out of his parochial life. Arthur becomes instantly smitten with the older man."

La poison
"After thirty years together, a village gardener and his wife find themselves contemplating how to do away with each other, with the former even planning how he'll negotiate his eventual criminal trial."

Puppylove
"Diane is an enigmatic fourteen-year-old loner who juggles looking after her little brother, Marc, with a turbulent relationship with her father, Christian. Charismatic Julia, who just moved into Diane's neighborhood, exudes independence, spontaneity, and an adventurous spirit, everything that Diane seems to be missing. Willing to go to any lengths to break the chains of childhood, the two girls set out to experience nightlife, men and sexcapades that would make their parents blush."

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au bon dieu?
"The Verneuils are Catholic. They are also a well-off, well-educated, well-intentioned, well-thought-of couple. Everything would be for the best in the best of worlds if three of their daughters had not married three young men... of different religions and origins. So, the day their fourth girl tells them that she is going to marry a Catholic they are on cloud nine..."

Qui êtes-vous Polly Maggoo?
"A satire of the Parisian haute couture and modeling industry. Follows the supermodel Polly Maggoo as she is filmed for a television program."

Raw
"In Justine's family everyone is a veterinarian and vegetarian. Sixteen-years-old, and an exceptional student, she is about to start studies at a veterinarian school where her older sister is also a student. But, she has barely arrived when the hazing starts. Justine is forced to eat raw meat. It is the first time in her life she has eaten meat of any kind. The consequences quickly make themselves felt, and Justine discovers her true nature."

Rodin
"An account of the famous French sculptor's romance with Camille Claudel."

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

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."

Souvenir
"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."

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."

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."

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."

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.."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."