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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles J-K

Titles J-K

J'ai tué ma mère = I Killed My Mother
"Focusing on the relationship between Hubert Minel, a 16-year-old Quebecois living in suburban Montreal, and his single mother Chantale, the film beautifully captures the anxieties of a mother-son relationship. While he gauges her with contempt, only seeing her out-of-date sweater and kitschy decor, the ingrained mechanisms (i.e. manipulation and guilt) of their relationship beautifully (and tragically) unravel on the big screen."

Je rentre a la maison = I'm Going Home
"Gilbert Valance is a successful theater actor who learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car accident. Over time, Valence's life regains a semblance of normalcy - he takes care of his orphaned grandson, strolls the streets of Pairs, frequents his favorite cafe and returns to the stage. But when an American film director casts him against type in an English-language production of Ulysses, Valance struggles to master the dialogue and his own emotions."

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
"Evokes a sense of impending doom, the daily domestic routine of a middle-aged widow. Her chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her grown son, and turning the occasional trick. Her life is beginning to break down."

Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc
"France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the tender age of eight, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of France."

Jeux interdits = Forbidden Games
"A timeless evocation of the loss of innocence, Rene Clement's devastating Forbidden games tells the story of a young orphan and her friend forced to fend for themselves in World War II France."

The Jewish Cardinal = Le métis de Dieu
"The true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church; Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II- and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew; earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz; Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side."

Jonas = Boys
"When Jonah was fourteen he met the charismatic but mysterious Nathan. In addition to guiding him in grappling with his sexuality, Jonas soon confronts something dark and even dangerous about his new friend."

Joueuse
"Lovely and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène ... comes upon a couple ... engaged in an intensely sensual chess match and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession, much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage daughter, leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor ... a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives."

Le journal d'une femme de chambre = Diary of a Chambermaid
"A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate. The family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort and she must learn the ways of country living and neighbor revialry. After a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible."

Joyeux Noël = Merry Christmas
"Loosely based on true episodes, this film tells the story of German, French, and Scottish soldiers in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Follows a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, and a German tenor and his beloved Danish soprano as music and the spirit of Christmas create bonds between enemies."

Judex
"A mysterious kidnapping of a corrupt banker by a shadowy crime fighter (American magician Channing Pollock) spins out into a thrillingly complex web of deceptions. Combining stylish sixties modernisms with silent-cinema touches and even a few unexpected sci-fi accents."

Jules et Jim = Jules and Jim
"Before World War I in Paris, a girl alternates between a French student, Jim, and a German student, Jules. After the war, they meet again and form a constantly shifting triangle."

Julie = Julie de Carneilhan
"Julie lives alone after her divorce from Herbert d'Espivant, an intriguing man whom she still loves. But when Herbert remarries a wealthy woman with political connections, he puts Julie in an uncomfortable position by asking her to help him rob his new blushing bride."

Keep It Quiet
"An ex-convict returns to his family a changed man."

The Kid
"When thirtysomething Parisian Matthieu learns that the father he did not know he had has died, he decides to travel to the funeral in Quebec and meet his two siblings. However, once in Montreal, Matthieu realizes that his new family does not share his desire to connect. He is alone, in hostile territory."