France

Léo Richard – Les idées s’améliorent AKA The Plagiarist (2018)

On Entrevues Belfort website :
“Ideas improve. The meaning of words plays a role in that improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one.” Read More »

Claude Miller – La Classe de neige AKA Class Trip (1998)

Synopsis:
Nicolas is an insecure child plagued by visions of disasters and horrible accidents. His peers tease him, and his teachers are frustrated by his lack of social skiills. Nicolas disconnects from the world around him, inhabiting his own friendless, nightmarish realm. On a class trip to a ski resort, Hadkann, the class bully, befriends Nicolas and becomes intrigued by his dreams. As the line between reality and hallucination blurs Nicolas’s visions begin to come true when police find a dead child in the woods, murdered and mutilated. Nicolas knows there is a connection between this crime and his visions, and with Hadkann’s help, he sets out to find it. Read More »

Alain Delon – Pour la peau d’un flic AKA For a Cop’s Hide (1981)

Synopsis:
In Paris, the ex-cop Choucas is a private detective that works with a mysterious partner, Tarpon, and the secretary Charlotte. He is presently working in an embezzlement case of an employee of the pharmacist Jude. When the middle-aged Isabelle Pigot hires him to investigate the disappearance of her blind twenty year-old daughter Marthe Pigot that worked at the Drillard Foundation for blinds, the Police Inspector Coccioli seeks Choucas out and asks him to drop the case. But Choucas proceeds with the investigation and schedules an encounter with Isabelle in a square, but she is murdered with a shot on the forehead. Read More »

Ali Essafi – Ouarzazate movie (2001)

Ali Essafi’s bitingly comic documentary is a portrait of a small Moroccan town whose economy is driven by the many movie crews drawn by its exotic desert scenery. Turning his camera on crabby casting directors for an Italian biblical epic, would-be extras in Astérix et Obélix and an old local hand who once carried Pasolini’s bags, Essafi cannily skewers the international film industry and the disparity between movie magic and economic reality. Read More »

Jacques Doillon – Le petit criminel AKA The Little Gangster (1990)

Marc, a troubled teenager, becomes aware of the existence of a sister he has never met. Armed with a pistol his mother found, he goes out to find his sister. After stealing from a shop, he is stopped by a policeman. Marc threatens him with his gun and demands that he helps him in his search. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Un singe en hiver AKA A Monkey in Winter (1962)

Synopsis:
A young man, Gabriel Fouquet, arrives in a coastal town in Normandy to visit his daughter, who is staying in a boarding school. He ends up lodging in a guesthouse run by the aged Albert Quentin and his wife Suzanne. To forget his troubles, Gabriel hits the bottle, not realising that the teetotal Albert was once a heavy drinker. Twenty years ago, the latter pledged never to touch alcohol again if he and his wife survived the war. Through his friendship with Gabriel, Albert becomes nostalgic about his past, recalling his time as a sailor on an expedition to China. To drown their sorrows, the two men embark on a drinking binge which quickly gets out of hand…
— James Travers. Read More »

Emmanuel Mouret – Changement d’adresse AKA Change of Address (2006)

Quote:
New to Paris and looking for accommodation, French hornist David (Emmanuel Mouret) is approached in the street by Anne (Frederique Bel), and invited to inspect a share apartment for friend – which turns out to be herself. She seems attracted to David but she tells him she has a boyfriend. David starts tutoring the shy and silent Julia (Fanny Valette), daughter of bourgeoisie mum (Ariane Ascaride), and tells Anne he’s smitten. But as they exchange romantic confidances, they end up sleeping together, only to quickly apologise next morning. Anne even offers to help David woo Julia, starting with a weekend at her mum’s shack by the beach, where a chance meeting with restaurateur Julien (Dany Brillant) sets off a new round of romantic complications. Read More »