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  • Sébastien Pilote – Maria Chapdelaine (2021)

    Sébastien Pilote2021-2030CanadaDrama
    Maria Chapdelaine (2021)
    Maria Chapdelaine (2021)

    Quote:
    Maria Chapdelaine, a young woman of 16, lives with her family on land they are clearing near the Péribonka River in rural Québec in early 1900. True pioneers, the Chapdelaine family struggles to push back the forest. In a home where even physical exhaustion cannot diminish the warmth of family life, Maria finds herself faced with a deep dilemma. François Paradis, a free-spirited fur trapper and logger, promises Maria to return in spring to marry her, while Lorenzo Surprenant arrives at the farm offering a comfortable existence in an American city, and Eutrope Gagnon, a quiet and determined young farmer has staked a claim on the land next to the Chapdelaine’s. Thrust into the adult world, and juggling with thoughts of land, family and love, Maria will suddenly be forced to choose her future as a woman.Read More »

  • Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche – Le gang des Bois du Temple AKA The Temple Woods Gang (2022) (HD)

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche2021-2030ActionCrimeFrance
    Le gang des Bois du Temple (2002) (HD)
    Le gang des Bois du Temple (2002) (HD)

    Synopsis:
    A retired army man lives in the Temple Woods housing project outside Paris, where his young neighbor belongs to a local gang about to rob the convoy of an Arab prince.Read More »

  • Otar Iosseliani – La chasse aux papillons AKA Chasing Butterflies (1992)

    Otar Iosseliani1991-2000DramaFrance
    La chasse aux papillons (1992)
    La chasse aux papillons (1992)

    Synopsis:
    “Chasing Butterflies” examines the strange whims and peccadilloes of a group of eccentrics who reside in a small French town. There’s an alcoholic priest, the assorted residents of a now-decrepit chateau, and a variety of unusual guests who stop by. Events come to a head when Sophie, the rambunctious cousin of the chateau’s owner, passes away… creating a battle among the potential heirs for her money and possessions.Read More »

  • Dominik Moll – Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien AKA With a Friend Like Harry… AKA Harry, He’s Here to Help (2000)

    Dominik Moll1991-2000ComedyDramaFrance
    Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien (2000)
    Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien (2000)

    Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel’s life… and things take a sinister turn.Read More »

  • Claude Goretta – La Mort de Mario Ricci AKA The Death of Mario Ricci (1983)

    Claude Goretta1981-1990DramaMysterySwitzerland
    La Mort de Mario Ricci (1983)
    La Mort de Mario Ricci (1983)

    Quote:
    A country road glimpsed through a dirty windscreen… a mangled car wreck on a garage forecourt…Volonté blowing up an inflatable coat hanger and reminding his assistant that ‘it’s the details that count’. And so they clearly do in Goretta’s film, although quite what they add up to is never sharply defined. A crippled TV journalist (Volonté) arrives in a Swiss village to interview a specialist in world food shortages disillusioned by the non-application of his theories. But he soon becomes embroiled in a web of local intrigue resulting from the death of a young immigrant worker. Goretta counterpoints his two stories with deft assurance, letting them strike subdued ironies off one another; there are thematic strands galore here, clearly signposted but seemingly left deliberately smudged. Yet there is no shortage of delights either: fine atmospherics, immaculately fluid camerawork, and a towering performance from Volonté, sympathy and disdain flickering back and forth across those marvellously expressive features.Read More »

  • Manoel de Oliveira – Je rentre à la maison AKA I’m Going Home (2001)

    Manoel de Oliveira2001-2010DramaFrance
    Je rentre à la maison (2001)
    Je rentre à la maison (2001)

    Quote:
    I’m Going Home (French: Je rentre à la maison, Portuguese: Vou Para Casa) is a 2001 French-Portuguese film written and directed by Manoel de Oliveira.

    Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli) is a grand old theatre actor who receives the shocking news that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car accident. As time passes, Valence busies himself with his daily life in Paris, turning down unsuitable roles in low-brow television productions and looking after his 9-year-old grandson. When an American filmmaker (John Malkovich) miscasts him in an ill-conceived adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Valence finds himself compelled to make a decision about his life.Read More »

  • Philippe Garrel – Le Grand Chariot AKA The Plough (2023)

    Philippe Garrel2021-2030DramaFrance
    Le Grand Chariot (2023)
    Le Grand Chariot (2023)

    Three siblings, a father and a grandmother run a business in the form of a travelling puppet show. When the father dies, the remaining family members try to keep his legacy alive.Read More »

  • Chloé Robichaud – Les Jours Heureux AKA Days Of Happiness (2023)

    2021-2030CanadaChloé RobichaudDrama
    Les Jours Heureux (2023)
    Les Jours Heureux (2023)

    In order to unlock the future she has dreamed of, a young up-and-coming orchestra conductor must learn to harness her past and long-repressed emotions.

    Emma, a talented rising star on the Montreal stage, has a complicated relationship with her father, and agent, Patrick. Aware she is not reaching her full potential, she must decide if she is willing to do what it takes to succeed by facing her past and tapping into her emotions. If saving her career wasn’t enough pressure, she must also save a budding romantic relationship with Naëlle, a newly separated cellist and mother of a young boy.Read More »

  • Laurent Achard – Le dernier des fous AKA The Last of the Crazy People (2006)

    Laurent Achard2001-2010ArthouseDramaFrance

    Based on the 1967 novel by Canadian author Timothy Findley, THE LAST OF THE CRAZY PEOPLE is a French naturalist drama from director Laurent Achard. Martin is a young boy growing up in a family on the brink of collapse, the story is presented from his perspective as he passively watches it slowly crumble around him.Read More »

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