Tag Archives: Gérard Depardieu

Francis Veber – La chèvre AKA The Goat AKA Knock on Wood (1981)

Synopsis:
When the accident-prone daughter of a French businessman disappears in Mexico and the detective sent down to find her returns empty-handed, the businessman’s company psychologist comes up with an unusual plan – send someone equally accident-prone to find her. Despite detective Campana’s objections and disbelief in bad luck, he and Francois Perrin, the accident-prone man in question, are teamed up and head back down to Mexico to pick up the girl’s trail. Read More »

Francis Veber – Le placard AKA The Closet (2001)

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The man responsible for some of the funniest contemporary French films of the past thirty years (a few of which have been remade in the U.S.) releases one of his most creative and sweet-natured comedies about Francois, a dull accountant (Daniel Auteuil) who, after being forced out of the large group photo at his work for “space reasons” overhears that he is about to be fired. Read More »

Olivier Marchal – 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

Paris. For some months now, a violent gang has been operating with complete disregard for the law.

Head of the Judicial Police, Robert MANCINI lays down a challenge to the two men who work directly beneath him, – the head of the Search and Action Squad, Leo VRINKS (Daniel AUTEUIL) and the head of the Anti-Crime Unit, Denis KLEIN (Gerard DEPARDIEU): Whichever man captures the gang will replace him as the head of the Criminal Investigations Department. Read More »

Marguerite Duras – Baxter, Vera Baxter (1976)

Vera Baxter is talking to a woman. It seems that the woman was attracted to her by hearing her name called out: “Baxter, Vera Baxter.” In response to her new friend’s queries, Vera recounts the story of her life.
The story begins with his marriage to Jean. Vera is a faithful wife to the point that her husband pays a man to be unfaithful to him, according to him, adultery paid revitalize the desire of the couple. But this does not happen and Vera will not see him anymore. Read More »

François Dupeyron – Drôle d’Endroit pour une Rencontre AKA Strange Place for an Encounter (1988)

Synopsis
One evening, an attractive middle-class woman, France, is pushed out of her car by her irate husband. When her husband drives off, she insists on waiting by the side of the road, certain that he will return once he has cooled off. Whilst waiting, she meets Charles, a man of her own age, who has been struggling for the past two days to repair his car. Although initially frosty towards her, Charles finds himself drawn to France and tries to convince her that her husband has abandoned her for good. France cannot accept this and clings to the faint hope that her husband still loves her… Read More »

Bertrand Blier – Les valseuses AKA Going Places (1974)

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Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive hairdresser, joins them as lover, cook, and mother confessor. She’s on her own search for seemingly unattainable sexual pleasure. Read More »

Giuseppe Tornatore – Una pura formalità AKA A Pure Formality (1994)

Synopsis:
Onoff is a famous writer who hasn’t published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious. Through interrogatory dialectic, the head of this lonely, isolated, broken-down police station tries to establish what has happened, by delving into the mind of his writer-hero, and clearing up a mysterious killing. Read More »