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Henry Levin – If a Man Answers (1962)

AMG: This lightweight, nearly zero-gravity comedy by director Henry Levin relies on a novel by a male writer and a script by another man to come up with a nearly offensive story (in these more enlightened times) about how a woman can lie, manipulate, and generally deceive her husband, all in the “art” of hanging on to him. Sandra Dee is Chantal, married to Eugene (Bobby Darin, Dee’s real-life husband), but first comes the story of how she hooked him. Next, comes the story of how he is trained to be a perfect husband, and then the final installment is unveiled. She uses a variety of tricks to keep him wondering whether or not he can trust her. For example, Chantal’s mother calls her and “if a man answers” she hangs up, leaving the unhappy husband to think his wife has a clandestine lover. The premise that a woman’s only role in life is to get and hold a husband has thankfully undergone a few revisions since 1962. Read More »

Jean Valère – Les grandes personnes AKA Time Out for Love (1961)

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Teetering on the one-dimensional, this romantic drama about the coming of age of a nineteen-year-old American woman in Paris is fairly straightforward. Ann (Jean Seberg) arrives in the city of light to visit her uncle, a doctor. But she soon finds herself taking care of a professional woman who is recovering from a suicide attempt and a broken heart. Ann slowly builds up a hatred for the man who drove her charge into such a desperate state but then begins to waver after contact with him. Aside from this association, she meets a different crowd than the one she knew back home in Nebraska, and changes in her attitude, dress, and hairstyle are the result. These alterations only lead her into trouble, as she starts an affair with the very man she had hated earlier. (Allmovie) Read More »

Paul Vecchiali – Point d’orgue (1993)

Plot: Sébastien Fischer (Rüdiger Vogler), a celebrated pianist, takes the advice of his agent and friend Gorgio and decides to take a break and spend some time in a little village in Provence, at the house of Avril Espart (Micheline Presle). Read More »

Nana Dzhordzhadze – Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti aka A Chef in Love aka 1001 retsept iz menyu vlyublyonnogo povara aka Les mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux (1996)

A comically accented historical drama with culinary appeal, this film introduces us to Pascal Ichac (Pierre Richard), a French chef with a nose so sensitive that he can decipher the ingredients in a sauce with a single sniff. A true renaissance man, Pascal is a genius in the kitchen and a trained operatic vocalist and former gigolo. When he decides that he’s beginning to tire of his surroundings in France, he heads for Russia to find new challenges and tastes in Georgia. En route to the Georgian capitol of Tbilisi, Pascal meets Cecilia Abachidze (Micheline Presle), a princess who is charmed by the suave chef; although he is in his 50s and she in her 20s, love is soon in the air. Read More »

Jacques Demy – L’Événement le plus important depuis que l’homme a marché sur la lune AKA A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)

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A male Parisian driving school owner who goes to see his doctor and complains of feeling run down is pronounced four months pregnant. When the diagnosis is confirmed by a specialist, the result is an international media frenzy. Read More »

Marie-Claude Treilhou – Le jour des rois (1991)

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A lot of quarrels ,the day French people eat the Galette Des Rois. Read More »

Jean Grémillon – L’amour d’une femme AKA The Love of a Woman (1953)

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Marie Prieur, a young doctor, decides to settle down on Ushant, a remote island belonging to Brittany. Little by little she manages to be accepted by the population. One day she meets André Lorenzi, a handsome engineer, and it is love at first sight. Life is wonderful for a while but André wants to marry her only if she remains at home. Despite her strong feelings for André, Marie refuses to give up her vocation and the two lovers part. Marie finds herself alone, with a broken heart. Read More »