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  • Florent Emilio Siri – Une minute de silence (1998)

    Florent Emilio Siri1991-2000DramaFrance
    Une minute de silence (1998)
    Une minute de silence (1998)

    In a dying French mining town near the German border, the last miners are preparing to strike. Marek and Mimmo, two young miners and friends, have different views on the impending strike.Read More »

  • Marcel Pagnol – Merlusse (1935)

    Marcel Pagnol1931-1940DramaFrance
    Merlusse (1935)
    Merlusse (1935)

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    Merlusse is a teacher in an all-boys boarding school – pupils hate him since he smells, they think, has a glass eye and is very strict. When Christmas Eve arrives most boys leave school to spend the holidays with their families but a small group of lonely boys is left behind with Merlusse as their overseer. Merlusse doesn’t get along with the boys very well and they pull various tricks on him…Read More »

  • Jacques Deray – Par un beau matin d’été AKA Crime on a Summer Morning (1965)

    Jacques Deray1961-1970CrimeFranceThriller

    An ill-assorted group of international criminals executes a tightly-planned ransom sting in Spain. Things go along swimmingly until various tensions within the group come to the fore. A somewhat predictable, but enjoyable crime melodrama, enhanced by a cool soundtrack, a sustained atmosphere of sunlit unease and a touch of incest. Geraldine Chaplin’s film debut in which she gives the insanely sexy Sophie Daumier a run for her money. Based on a novel by James Hadley Chase.Read More »

  • Jean-Marie Straub – Gens du lac (2018)

    Jean-Marie Straub2011-2020FranceShort FilmVideo Art
    Gens du lac (2018)
    Gens du lac (2018)

    It is the discovery of a document recognising the services rendered by two fishermen from Lake Geneva during the Occupation that triggered the investigation undertaken by Swiss author Janine Massard in her novel Gens du lac, published in 2013. Jean-Marie Straub retraces the itinerary of the son, Paulus – just as he and Danièle Huillet had followed that of Jean Bricard just over ten years ago in the last film they made together. Gens du lac does not depart from the rule that sets each Straubfilm as an account of a historical situation in which men have resisted (Daney). Shot aboard a boat and hardly ever leaving the lake’s waters, the film depicts the life of this only son who has found brothers over the course of his fishing – be it his first steps in the trade, the help given to fugitives and deliveries of provisions to the Resistance, or his contribution to the emergence of a new Left in post-war Francophone Switzerland. Read More »

  • Jacques Deray – Doucement les basses AKA Easy Down There! (1971)

    Jacques Deray1971-1980ComedyFrance

    Simon, a young man who has entered the priesthood after learning of the death of his wife, Rita (Nathalie Delon). Problems abound when he discovers her among the living, and living as a hooker, no less. Paul Meurisse lends his dry humor to the proceedings as Simon’s bishop, who is nostalgic for Medieval times when many questioned whether women had souls at all. Simon, released from his vows, must now rescue Rita from becoming a nun.Read More »

  • Igor Barrere – Le droit a la folie (1977)

    1971-1980DocumentaryFranceIgor BarrerePhilosophy
    Le droit a la folie (1977)
    Le droit a la folie (1977)

    FOR THOSE WHO WANTS TO SEE REAL, BEAUTIFULL, NON-ENCAGING MENTAL HEALTH EXPERIENCE

    The clinic was founded by Jean Oury, a psychiatrist who previously worked in experimental therapy at Saint-Alban Psychiatric Hospital. The psychiatric practice borrowed the idea of Hermann Simon that it is necessary to look after the establishment and to look after each patient, while returning initiative and responsibility to them by developing situations in which they can work and express their creativity.Read More »

  • Julien Duvivier – Boulevard (1960)

    Julien Duvivier1951-1960ComedyDramaFrance
    Boulevard (1960)
    Boulevard (1960)

    Georges “Jojo” Castagnier is an adolescent who lives in a poor room under the roof of a block of apartments in the Pigalle section of Paris. He ran away from home when he realized that his stepmother hates him. Among Jojo’s many neighbors is the object of his affection, gorgeous nightclub dancer Jenny Dorr. But, to Jojo’s disappointment, Jenny becomes the lover of former boxer Dicky, who spends his time loafing about the Pigalle cafés.Read More »

  • Jacques Deray – Le gang (1977)

    Jacques Deray1971-1980CrimeDramaFrance

    In 1945, as World War Two comes to a close, five small time crooks unite to form a gang. After several bold robberies they become notorious as “the front-wheel drive gang”. The police attempt to stop their crime spree with little success, but how long will their luck last?Read More »

  • Jacques Audiard – Un héros très discret AKA A Self-Made Hero (1996)

    Jacques Audiard1991-2000ComedyDramaFrance
    Un héros très discret (1996)
    Un héros très discret (1996)

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    Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn’t a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he inveigles himself with the resistance movement. They trust him and he helps them trace collaborators.Read More »

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