France

Bertrand Blier – Buffet froid (1979)

Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is the police chief-inspector Morvandieu. Then a third man appears : he is Alphonse’s wife’s murderer… Bizarre and unreal. Read More »

François Villiers – L’eau vive (1958)

Synopsis (courtesy of the IMDB):
Old Félix, a prosperous land owner in Haute Provence, will be expropriated because a dam is being built on the River Durance and his estate is to be flooded. He receives thirty million francs in compensation but dies soon after. Hortense, his only daughter, inherits the money but the trouble is that Félix has hidden the loot somewhere and it is nowhere to be found. All of Hortense’s next of kin suddenly take an interest in the “poor orphan” and those greedy ones – with the exception of kind-hearted uncle Simon – put pressure on the girl, and try – through wile, threat and even murder, to inveigle her inheritance. But however young and frail Hortense is, she is nobody’s fool. Read More »

Aki Kaurismäki – La vie de bohème AKA The Bohemian Life (1992)

Quote:
Based on the same 19th-century novel (Henri Murger’s Scenes de la Vie de Boheme) that inspired Puccini’s opera, the story is about three down-and-out losers doomed to penury and artistic obsession. There’s Albanian painter Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää), playwright Marcel (Andre Wilms) and composer Schaunard (Kari Väänänen). Their problems are exactly the same: no rent or food money and the futile struggle to be recognized. Read More »

Robert Hossein – Le vampire de Düsseldorf AKA The Vampire of Dusseldorf (1965)

In the 1930s, chaos and misery reign over Düsseldorf as the Nazis begin their campaign of terror. But the city is afflicted by another menace, a serial killer who writes a letter to the police every time he murders a young woman. Who would suspect Peter Kuerten, a man who is so mild and unassuming? His only passion is Anna, a singer in a café, but she ignores him and makes fun of him. One day, Peter meets two young country girls, Paula and Rosa. Not long afterwards, Paula is found dead and Rosa, the prime witness to this murder, is herself killed a few days later. Unaware of Peter’s dark exploits, Anna becomes his lover. But then she finds one of the messages he sends to the police… Read More »

Jean-Daniel Pollet – L’acrobate (1976)

Google translate wrote:
Fifth and last film of the Jean-Daniel Pollet / Claude Melki duo. Léon, a Keatonian bath boy, one day discovers tango. It’s the passion. Léon will either be a dance champion or not. Léon takes his first steps with Smoke, a prostitute with whom he is in love. Together they win prizes. Together, they… At the same time jerky and harmonious, imbued with mood swings and breaks in tone, a fascinating dance film which embraces its subject with airy grace, all this with the wonderful music of Antoine Duhamel Read More »

Gilles Grangier – Le gentleman d’Epsom AKA The Gentleman from Epsom (1962)

Synopsis:
‘Retired military officer Richard Briand-Charmery, known to all as “The Commandant”, gambles every centime he has on horse racing bets. When his luck is down, he supplies his friends with false betting tips, knowing that the friend whose bet comes off will give him a fraction of the winnings. One day, Richard meets up with an old flame, Maud, and passes an evening with her at his expense. To pay the bill for the evening’s extravagance, the Commandant tries his scam on a naive restaurateur, Ripeux…’
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Jean-Paul Civeyrac – Mes Provinciales AKA A Paris Education (2018) (HD)

Quote:
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. Read More »