Romance

Ariel Winograd – Sin hijos AKA No Kids (2015)

Synopsis:
Gabriel has been separated for four years now. Since then his 8 year old daughter is the center of his life. Completely avoiding getting involved in a new romantic relationship, Gabriel focus all his energy in his daughter and work. This plan gets spoiled when Vicky, a platonic love from his adolescence, now a beautiful and independent woman appears in his life. When romance is about to start, she puts one condition: She would never get involved with a man with children. She just does not want children in her life. When Gabriel is confronted with this, he says he has no children. From that moment on his life becomes a torment, playing every trick at hand in order to hide his child and belongings from Vicky in every date. Read More »

Jacqueline Audry – Olivia AKA The Pit of Loneliness (1951)

Olivia captures the awakening passions of an English adolescent sent away for a year to a small finishing school outside Paris. The innocent but watchful Olivia develops an infatuation for her headmistress, Mlle. Julie, and through this screen of love observes the tense romance between Mlle. Julie and the other head of the school, Mlle. Cara, in its final months. Although not strictly autobiographical, Olivia draws on the author’s experiences at finishing schools run by the charismatic Mlle. Marie Souvestre, whose influence lived on through former students like Natalie Barney and Eleanor Roosevelt. Colette wrote the screenplay for the 1951 film adaptation of the novel. Read More »

Lars-Magnus Lindgren – Änglar, finns dom? aka Love Mates (1961)

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A young man, Jan Froman, who has spent his life so far on a couch reading books, decides to become CEO of the local bank. He gets a job as assistant janitor. He sees Margareta who also works in the bank, and it’s love at first sight. However, she is already engaged to be married, which complicates things. In a not all together honest way, he starts trading in the stock market and with real estate, to get access to the boardroom of the bank. Read More »

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

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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 »

Claude Berri – Une femme de ménage AKA A Housekeeper (2002)

Synopsis:
One of France’s most respected filmmakers, Claude Berri here brings viewers the story of Jacques (Jean-Pierre Bacri) a middle-aged sound engineer whose wife has just left him. Living on his own for the first time in years, Jacques decides it’s high time to clean up his life, literally and figuratively. In short order he hires Laura (Emilie Dequenne, a bright, vivacious young housekeeper, to bring order to his apartment. Laura’s presence makes Jacques realize what has been missing from his life, and as their relationship evolves over the subsequent months, both Jacques and Laura gain uncomfortable knowledge of one another, and of themselves. Read More »

Emmanuel Mouret – Vénus et Fleur (2004)

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A frumpy young woman vacations in Marseilles in the large, empty villa of her uncle. She eats at a cafe next to a much hipper woman who she is startled to see sobbing openly. That same young woman appears at her door several hours later – oddly they have switched their exact same, pink beaded bags back at the restaurant. A connection is made, and an adventure begins for ‘Vénus et Fleur.’ Read More »

Robert Siodmak – Le Grand Jeu AKA Flesh and the Woman (1954)

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Not really epic material, this is a fated romantic drama (a typically French quality) set against the exotic background of the Foreign Legion and, actually, a remake of Jacques Feyder’s 1934 film LE GRAND JEU.

The plot involves a successful young lawyer (Jean-Claude Pascal) who, due to a shady deal, finds himself penniless and separated from his wife (Gina Lollobrigida). Stranded in Algeria, he’s persuaded to join the Foreign Legion where he befriends a couple of similar losers (played by Raymond Pellegrin and Peter van Eyck). Read More »