Tag Archives: French

Antoine Russbach – Ceux qui travaillent AKA Those Who Work (2018)

Frank, a man of action who worked his way up all by himself, dedicates his life to work. No matter the place or the circumstances, be it day or night, he’s on the phone, handling the cargo ships he charters for major companies. But when he has to deal with a crisis situation, Frank makes a brutal decision and gets fired. Profoundly shaken, betrayed by a system to which he gave his all, he has to progressively question himself to save the one connection that still matters to him: the bond he’s managed to maintain with his youngest daughter, Mathilde. Read More »

François Ozon – Sous le sable (2000) (HD)

When her husband goes missing at the beach, a female professor begins to mentally disintegrate as her denial of his disappearance becomes delusional. Read More »

Yannick Bellon – Quelque part quelqu’un AKA Somewhere, Someone (1972)

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The description of several fates, several desperate lives in an inhuman city. A city where no one really exists. It is probably the most depressing movie – french movie – of all time. Every detail, every shot, every dialogue shows us there is no future for the human being. All along this feature, the director – Bellon – gives the audience sequences of darkness, monotony, emptiness. Death in a near future. All kind of deaths. The score makes me think of a whisper, a song from a graveyard. I would say it’s a sort of documentary. Read More »

Abderrahmane Sissako – Rostov-Luanda (1998)

Born in Mauritania and raised in Mali, Abderrahmane Sissako received a scholarship to study film in Moscow, after graduating from school. To learn Russian, he was sent to Rostov on the Don river for an entire year. On the endless train ride from Moscow to Rostov, he met Baribanga, an Angolan student who was going to the same language school. That year, far from home, the two Africans became friends. Almost two decades later, Sissako decides to search for Baribanga. Rostov-Luanda tells two stories, the search for the long-lost friend, that leads to an encounter with present-day Angola. Read More »

Olivier Assayas – Doubles vies AKA Non-Fiction (2018) (HD)

Synopsis
Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives. Read More »

Luis Buñuel – Le journal d’une femme de chambre AKA Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

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This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Buñuel. Jeanne Moreau is Celestine, a beautiful Parisian domestic who, upon arrival at her new job at an estate in provincial 1930s France, entrenches herself in sexual hypocrisy and scandal with her philandering employer (Buñuel regular Michel Piccoli). Filmed in luxurious black-and-white Franscope, Diary of a Chambermaid is a raw-edged tangle of fetishism and murder—and a scathing look at the burgeoning French fascism of the era. Read More »

Jean Cocteau – Le testament d’Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi! AKA Testament of Orpheus (1960) (HD)

In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. Read More »