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  • Robert Guédiguian – À la place du coeur AKA Where the Heart Is (1998)

    1991-2000DramaFranceRobert Guédiguian

    Based on James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” (1974), the action is transferred from Harlem to present day working class districts around Marseilles harbour. The movie chronicles the inter-racial love story between white Clem and black Bebe, who was adopted by a white family, along with his sister. They plan to marry but Bebe is in prison accused of raping a Bosnian refugee who, manipulated by a racist white policeman, has disappeared after denouncing him.Read More »

  • Éléonore Faucher – Brodeuses AKA A Common Thread (2004)

    2001-2010DramaÉléonore FaucherFranceRomance

    Claire (Nymark), an unmarried pregnant teenager, finds an odd relation in Madame Mélikian (Ascaride), an older woman grieving over the death of her son.Read More »

  • Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau – Drôle de Félix AKA The Adventures of Felix (2000)

    Olivier Ducastel1991-2000ComedyDramaFranceJacques MartineauQueer Cinema(s)

    A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, he decides to take a road trip to Marseilles to track down the father he’s never met. Backpack in tow, Felix sets out walking, hitching and borrowing cars to get to the south of France. Springtime is budding, nature is at its best, and some unique characters await Felix along the dirtroads and byways of the French countryside.Read More »

  • Emmanuel Mouret – L’art d’aimer AKA The Art of Love (2011)

    2011-2020ComedyEmmanuel MouretFranceRomance

    The Art of Love is composed of several chapters, which follows several Parisian couples. Isabelle (Julie Depardieu) has not had sex in a year. She declines an offer from her friend Zoé (Pascale Arbillot) to “borrow” her husband and instead winds up impersonating Amélie (Judith Godrèche), another friend who cannot bring herself to sleep with her buddy, Boris (Laurent Stocker). The singleton Achille (François Cluzet) thinks his prayers have been answered when his svelte new neighbour (Frédérique Bel) knocks on his door wearing a negligee and suggests they have an affair. In another chapter, a middle-aged couple’s marriage is threatened when wife Emmanuelle (Ariane Ascaride) finds herself lusting after every attractive man she lays eyes upon and a pair of young lovers (Elodie Navarre and Gaspard Ulliel) discover the pangs of jealousy.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Mon père est ingénieur AKA My Father Is an Engineer (2004)

    2001-2010DramaFrancePoliticsRobert Guédiguian

    “…It began with the a couple much like Joseph and Mary, only in a modern French setting. This fable continued for a little longer, until it became revealed that it was a story being read to a near-catatonic woman by an older lady. The younger of the women turns out to be Natasha, a pediatrician amongst the poor in Marseilles, and a political activist. She is the central character, and the rest of the film delves into her story, through flashbacks, and the contradiction that she represents.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Ki lo sa? (1986)

    1981-1990DramaFranceRobert Guediguian

    “Robert Guédiguian is well-known for his idiosyncratic slices of life set
    in his beloved Marseille, in films such as Marius et Jeannette (1997)
    and À la place du coeur (1998). Whilst most of Guédiguian’s films are set in this historic
    French port they span a remarkable range of genres and encompass a
    dizzying assortment of themes, including noir-style thriller intrigue,
    classic romance and pressing social issues. Ki lo sa?, Guédiguian’s
    third feature, is one of his more unusual films in this series, a
    surprisingly dark and mystical work which explores various
    existentialist concerns through the interlocking prisms of black comedy
    and social realism.Read More »

  • Robert Guédiguian – Le voyage en Arménie AKA Armenia (2006)

    2001-2010DramaFranceRobert Guediguian

    Barsam, Anna’s father, is seriously ill. Before he dies, he would like to bequeath something to his daughter: a sense of doubt. As he flees to Armenia, he leaves several clues in his wake so that Anna can come after him. For Anna, this journey she is obliged to make in an unknown country, becomes what her father wanted it to be: an initiation, a sentimental journey, a second adolescence. She finds him in a little village, lost in the Caucasian mountains, seated dreaming under a blossoming apricot tree. She will come to doubt her identity, her relationships and her commitments.Read More »

  • Robert Guediguian – La Ville est tranquille AKA The Town Is Quiet (2000)

    1991-2000DramaFranceRobert Guediguian

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    From Stephen Holden review in NYT: “In his unsettling urban panorama, “The Town Is Quiet,” the director Robert Guédiguian invests the French port city of Marseille with the same epic sense of drama that infused Robert Altman’s “Nashville.” Raw, wrenching and more starkly tragic than Mr. Altman’s satire, “The Town Is Quiet” evokes a similar vision of a city as a teeming organism in violent, spasmodic flux.
    Like “Nashville,” the film is a sprawling mosaic of interlocking stories whose characters run the social gamut, from right-wing upper- class politicians to young North African immigrants to blue-collar dock workers. As much as the director grasps the anxieties of the city’s well-heeled establishment, his sympathies lie with the sufferings of its underdogs, the struggles of its working class and the dreams of newcomers pouring into the city through its teeming harbor. If his identification with the common people recalls Frank Capra, the go-for-broke passion with which he expresses that vision is closer to Pier Paolo Pasolini.”Read More »

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