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Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas Mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen see
1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont's castle and like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion of music. Marguerit
In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of hysteria. Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr
A nameless drifter lives in the dunes outside of a small town on the coast of France. He begins to touch the lives of some of the women in the village, including a teenage girl living in an abusive household. The mysterious stranger and the girl form a special bond and when he saves her from her pre
Baye Laye is the captain of a Senegalese fishing pirogue who dreams of a new place where he could earn a better living for his family. So when he is offered the opportunity, he accepts the job of leading one of the pirogues going to Europe in spite of the dangers that he knows will be involved. The
Inspired by true events, a group of restless teen girls make a pact. When classmate Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow classmates to follow suit so that they can raise their children together. It's only a matter of time before 17 high school girls are pregn
In 1979 in the Soviet Union, twenty-something cousins Carole and Jérôme travel to Odessa, pretending to be a honeymooning couple. They follow guided tours during the day, but at night they meet secretly with refuzniks, Jews harassed by the Soviet regime by denying them exit visas. While bringing the
On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, the Portuguese and the British are forced to march à frente of the enemy, numerically superior, in order to attract the
In the early 1970s, Paris is filled with political unrest. While his friends and his girlfriend are consumed with the political struggle of their times, high school student Gilles dreams of painting and making films, something that they cannot understand. During this time of change, Gilles becomes c
Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror - both Palestinian and Jewish - the head of Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their a
Middle-aged brothers Jean-Pierre, a salesman, and Not, a punk, are reunited by their parents, who run a restaurant in a retail park. Soon after, Jean-Pierre loses his job and begins bumming around with his brother, to the chagrin of their parents. In order to drive their sons apart, they reveal that
Reuben is a French-Jewish gay mailman, living in fairytale Finland (where he got his MA in "Comparative Sauna Cultures") with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. But just before Passover, a series of mishaps and a lovers' quarrel exile the heartbroken Reuben back to Paris and his zany family, which inclu
After the death of his drug addict friend, Isaïe keeps his promise and tries to send the body back to Senegal and recover debts from his clients in the working class neighborhood of Paris.
Thirteen actors, each playing fictionalized versions of themselves, are called to the home of deceased playwright Antoine d'Anthac for the reading of his will. Once assembled the actors, all of whom have performed in d'Anthac's "Euridyce" at some point in their careers, are invited to critique a rec
Justine, a woman suffering from an extreme case of clinical depression, celebrates her marriage with an extravagant reception that is marred by bickering family members, leaving the bride feeling withdrawn. The following morning Justine notices a planet, with no orbit of its own, hurtling toward Ear
After undergoing chemotherapy, a man is left weak, almost zombie-like, with his memory in tatters. Bit by bit, he rediscovers the vital sensations of romantic desire and social involvement.
Palestinian testimonies collected after the second Intifada revealed harsh realities that, for Israelis, had always belonged to the "others" - the Palestinians - and hence, were completely denied. A few years later, Israeli officers who served during the Intifada, as well as Palestinian civilian,s g
A down-and-out writer helps an illegal immigrant hide from the authorities.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of some 1.8 million people in Cambodia. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, directed the M13, a Khmer Rouge-controlled prison, for four years before becoming the head of S21. For the S21, he commanded the Khmer Rouge slaughter from 1975 to 19
Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: "Make love, not war" to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results - until she meets Arthur Martin, a Jewish middle aged, m
French reporter, Ada Servier, arrives in Kobe, Japan to cover the mysterious phenomena known as "Death By Loneliness", which has occurred with some regularity following the January 1995 earthquake. However, she cannot seem to get anyone to cooperate with her research. While interviewing a Japanese j
Simon, a doctor, is on his way to tend to an emergency call. Mistaking him for the police, a few local youngsters throw a Molotov cocktail at his car, setting it on fire. They all escape except Bora, who gets him out and saves his life. While Simon is in the coma, his police officer brother Atom inv
About the romantic entanglements between three friends.
Centers on Hassan who is torn between his love for his father--who pushes him behind the wheel of a public bus and into the arms of a young, eminently suitable fiancée--and his love for the stage and Amazon-like Malik.
Malik leaves Paris for Tunisia to be with his mother after the death of his father. His return ends up setting him free from the secret of his homosexuality when he falls in love with the handsome Bilal.
Normandy. Angele is a young woman just getting out of jail after being held responsible for an accident that killed her husband. The judge in her case decided she was no longer fit to take care of her son so guardianship of her child was handed over to the paternal grandparents. Tony is a fisherman
Babou, an idle and jovial woman, has never been concerned about social success. However, when she discovers her daughter is too ashamed to invite her to her wedding, she decides to get back on the right track. Deeply hurt, Babou distract herself by selling time-share apartments in Ostend, in mid-win
Based on the true story of a young girl who stunned France when she falsely claimed to be the target of an Anti-Semitic attack.
Arriving on the shores of France is the beginning of a labyrinthian journey for more than 50,000 refugees seeking asylum through the municipal reception center in Paris each year. Hoping to leave behind a life filled with war and famine, persecution and poverty, these refugees find themselves forced
A study of our relationship to animals. When we visit the zoo, do we study the animals or do they study us? Here, we observe several orangutans as they busy themselves or laze about within the confines of their zoo habitat. The main attraction is 40 year old Nenette, the matriarch of the exhibit. So
Shy and insecure twelve-year-old Juliette is convinced she is the favourite pupil of her French teacher, Mrs. Solenska, a woman full of humor and creativity. When Juliette goes to her teacher's house in secret, she sees Antoine, a slightly older and particularly handsome classmate, leaving Mrs. Sole
Frederick runs a tree nursery. For sixty years, this elderly man has not only cultivated seeds and seedlings but also harbors a secret. His wife and his eldest son are the only ones who know the truth. But then, Frederick's son dies. Their relationship was not always free of conflict and because o
Jamil, a rich business man in Lebanon, decides to bring a once famous French singer Bruno Caprice, to his wife's birthday. Bruno, who was known namely for one song in the 70s, accepts the invitation and goes to Beirut. But things get complicated when Randa is kidnapped, and Jamil decides that the sh
Sonia Bergerac is a teacher at a school for difficult children. The problems she encounters in her new workplace are compounded by her husband's decision to leave her. Before long, she is teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown. One day, Sonia comes across a gun in one of her pupil's school bag
A teen embarks on a journey to find his birth mother.
Lol can't wait to see all her friends on the first day of tenth grade. But after she breaks up with her boyfriend, Arthur, she is heartbroken and only Mael seems to understand. The only problem is Mael just happens to be Arthur's best friend. Lol's mom, Anne, after an affair with her ex-husband, is
Follows two friends who are petty criminals.
Follows Catherine Deneuve on a visit to war-torn Lebanon.
Jean leads a pretty ordinary life with his loving wife and child. One day, as he's picking up son Jérémy from school, he stumbles upon Mademoiselle Chambon. This chance encounter will be a turning point in his well organized life.
Set in 1977, follows eleven-year-old Stella who lives just outside of Paris in a working class neighborhood. Admitted into a famous Parisian school, she meets Gladys, the daughter of intellectual Argentinean Jews. Her new best friend will help her take her first steps into the real world.
A tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art. On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate, whose car has broken down, and speeds off never having spoken a word. Later in town, Vittorio learns that Kate has returned to join her family's traveling circus a
After seven years in prison, Mario Diccara is free at last. He hasn't entirely settled all his business affairs with the underworld so he asks his brother Patrick, the only person he knows he can trust, to find him a hideout where he can hole up for awhile. Patrick, a priest, suggests that Mario sta
Ann is a musician and composer who sees her long-time partner Thomas in the arms of another woman. Suddenly everything that seemed fixed and certain in her life disappears. She leaves Paris and eventually makes her way to Ischia, off the coast of Naples, to an old house known as the Villa Amalia whe
First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain--Bazil doesn't have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after h
Fourteen-year-old Sami is uprooted from his familiar surroundings in Chalon-sur-Saône and transplanted in Neuilly-sur-Seine to live with his aunt, uncle and cousin, where he will attend a new school, fall in love and try to fit in while being the new kid in town.
Gregoire Canvel has everything: a woman he loves, three delightful daughters, and a job producing films that he adores and to which he devotes all his energy. In 20 years, his company, Moon Films, has produced more than 50 features. The artistic prestige of his catalog make Gregoire Canvel one of th
Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession-much to the chagrin of her husband and teenage daughter-leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor, a liaison that radically transforms both of thei
An encounter between an amateur pilot whose bag is snatched and its contents thrown across a car park and a solitary man with a troubled past who retrieves her wallet sets off an unexpected chain of events that leads to a romantic dithering that unfolds in eight phases, corresponding to the rules of
A deconstruction of Henrik Ibsen's classic bourgeois tragedy by avant-garde theater group Mabou Mines, where all the male actors heights range from 40 to 53 inches and the women are six feet tall.
A group of illegal immigrants from the shores of the Maghreb search for a better life across the Spanish border.
Explores the toll of how even the smallest of secrets can take on the strongest relationships. To judge by appearances, pianist and woodworker François and artist Isabelle enjoy a happy union, but four weekends with the couple reveal that something may be lurking beneath their picture-perfect marria
About child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.
Retraces the eventful yet ordinary life of a French family from 1968 to 2007, set against the backdrop of the political and social events that have marked these two generations and their hopes and illusions.
Taking place in the 1930s Soviet cinema world, centers on Constantin Dalmatov, a young assistant director who returns to Moscow from a long journey in the United States with his lover Mansourov, a famous homosexual film director. The Russian political police exerts loathsome blackmailing pressure on
Enters the universe of Maria Bethania, the famous Brazilian singer, providing insight into the intimate sphere of Bethania's creative process while focusing on the history of Brazilian music. First a muse of the so-called counter culture, and then the queen of romantic ballads, Maria Bethania chroni
About a couple who falls and picks themselves up, falls again and picks themselves up again, and so on.
Centers on housemaid Felicite and her life of domestic servitude.
Six-year-old Inti has been living with his grandmother when his mother Alba returns to drag him away on a crazy trip to a legendary valley in Patagonia. In the heart of a small town, renegades from the four corners of the world live at the late Dr. Schulz's place, among his old instruments, his inse
Follows Anna who, fed up with the cold Icelandic climate, decides to sell her business and leave the island with her two sons. Her business is none other than the sale of the best marijuana in the country, for which she wants a good price from the buyer. She has programmed her departure within 48 ho
Ten-year-old Sofia leads a happy and carefree life in the outskirts of a small French town. One day, her father makes a snap decision to return to his roots in Morocco with the whole family in tow. Lost in a strange land, Sofia never stops trying to rekindle her relationship with her native France.
A young Israeli soldier examines his participation in a revenge operation and anonymously speaks of his experiences to his girlfriend.
Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, has her sights set on opening a snack bar with her boyfriend, Sokol. In order to do so, she becomes an accomplice in a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. Fabio has set up a false marriage between Lorna and Claudy allowing Lorna to get her Belgi
In a rugged landscape of an undefined country, the obsessive relationship between two siblings grows ugly when a stranger arrives.
Placed for his own protection in a foster family, 13 year-old Khamsa runs away and goes back to the Gypsy camp where he was born. It's early summer, the season for diving parties in the Estaque naval shipyard and nightly card games. Along with his cousin, the dwarf Boyard, Khamsa buys a fighting coc
An antique American car dealer takes a young boy by surprise during a house burglary. He takes the boy under his wing and drives him home to his parents, leading a highway adventure along the way.
Centers on three childhood friends: Muriel, Francois and Rene. Partners in crime (burglaries, to be precise), the three end their "criminal" activities after one of their attempted burglaries fails. They vow never to see each other again until, however, Muriel's son is kidnapped, which leads the thr
Looks at how a Flemish man who lives with his daughter in the Alps finds his painful past coming back to haunt him.
The owner of a coat hanger factory somewhere in the French Picardy empties it in the middle of the night. The next morning, the female factory workers arrive to discover that everything has been cleared out and that the management has embraced the notion of outsourcing their jobs. In response, the w
Focuses on a family planning center where young girls and women come to inform themselves about a choice they have or want to make, rather than it being imposed upon them: about their sexual freedom and the decision whether or not to have children. Describes the day-to-day functioning of the center
Follows a father, who each year brings his daughter on a holiday to celebrate her birthday. This year the destination is Sweden. However, all does not go as planned when a misunderstanding about the holiday accommodation makes it necessary for the father and daughter to stay with the owner of the ho
A girl in her twenties tries to bring a little light and levity to her life that she finds inadequate, futile and lacking in the intensity that she requires. She decides to give her love--not to the most seductive guy, nor the most deserving or most admirable one. No, they don't need her. She will g
Emma meets Francois at an airport. Francois is an astronomer who studies the phenomenon of black holes, and Emma finds herself immediately taken with him. Their romance flourishes during a stay in the countryside. But one day, Francois disappears on a bicycle ride. Left alone in a big house all alon
Assesses the ostensibly humanitarian role of French troops after the Rwandan genocide of 1994 by viewing it through the eyes of both naive and seasoned soldiers.
Ezra, a 16-year-old former child soldier who spent ten years living and fighting with a rebel faction, is questioned before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the wake of Sierra Leone's civil war. The commissions, based on the idea of transitional justice and modeled on the one in South Africa
Follows Thomas Kore, a French photographer who travels around the world for his research about extreme experiences. During his travels, he crosses paths with Fouad Saleh, a solitary and amnesic man who disappeared from Beirut 17 years ago and never returned. Intrigued, Kore tries to discover the his
Victor resides in Vienna with his family: his beautiful Austrian wife, Annette and their daughter Pamela. It is springtime. Ditching work, Victor spends his days playing with Pamela and loitering in the park with the drug dealers. Annette is confident that Victor will get his act together when they
Pierre, a downward spiraling gay gigolo, struggles to cope with his advancing age, poverty, loneliness, writers block, and the increasing complications of HIV disease. When his wealthy benefactor dies after thirty years of lavish support, his inheritance is challenged by the benefactor's family, le
Through conversation, an artist and his gardener develop a growing friendship over several months.
In the south of France, Jean, a shy young bartender, is mistaken for a millionaire by a beautiful, scheming opportunist named Irene. When Irene discovers his true identity, she abandons him, only to find that a love-struck Jean has no intention of letting her get away. Jean's comical attempts to g
Chechen Republic. Rresent day. A Russian military encampment. Grandmother Alexandra Nikolaevna comes to visit her grandson, one of the best officers in his unit. While spending a few days with him, she discovers a whole new world. In this male dominated environment, there is no warmth or comfort. Pe
Objectively, Odette Toulemonde has nothing to be happy about, but is. Balthazar Balsan has everything to be happy about, but isn't. Odette, awkwardly forty, with a delightful hairdresser son and a daughter bogged down in adolescence, spends her days behind the cosmetic's counter in a department sto
In a small, drought threatened village situated in the border region between China and Mongolia, the lives of a farmer, a woman who has fled from North Korea and a soldier cross.
The misadventures of a gangster who escapes from prison and who wants to quit the crime world. Having killed a criminal as pay-back, he goes to Marseille to head abroad with his girlfriend. But a lack of money forces him to accept a job, a hold-up, to settle accounts with the victim's brother--and a
Shigeki happily lives in a small retirement home. Machiko, one of the home's staff, pays special attention to him. However, she is secretly haunted by the loss of her child. After celebrating Shigeki's birthday, Machiko takes him on a drive in the countryside. Driving along scenic back-roads, the ca
Cairo. Hatem, an unsavory police officer, dishes out law enforcement with an iron fist. Citizens universally fear and dislike him. The only person that dares to stand up to him is a young woman named Nour. Her advantage is that Hatem has a thing for her. But Nour's heart is taken with Cherif, a much
A portrait of Sabine Bonnaire, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, the French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. Through personal footage filmed over a period of 25 years, it is revealed that Sabine's growth and many talents were crushed by an inadequate care structure. After a tragic five-y
Barbes, Paris. Therese is a shy, well-preserved woman in her sixties and she is in love. She walks along the street, not looking at anything in particular but instead muses in thought. She is on her way to see Marcel, the man she has loved for years. Marcel is a handsome man despite his eighty years
Camille's life is shattered by the death of her son in a car accident. Unable to deal with her loss, she becomes attracted to Frank, her son's best friend. Camille's friends cannot understand her behavior and start to avoid her. Despite the scandal, Frank allows himself to be the object of her affec
Alice dreams of starring in a film or shining on stage. Bertrand, who is trying to finish his second novel, wants to go down in literary history. Cora wishes to change the face of French pop music forever. The three of them are willing to do what it takes, but getting to the top can be tricky.
A 40-year-old single actress struggles with maternal desires and a new stage role.
Spring 1917. The country is at war. Back at home, Camille leads a peaceful life. One day, she receives a letter from her husband on the front lines: a communication ending their relationship. Determined to discover the truth, she disguises herself as a man to go and find him. During her search, Cami
The coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. We meet nine-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power--forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. The story then follows her as she cleverly outsmarts the "
Taking place over one night, centers on a chance encounter between four very different people on a Christmas evening. Chance brings together taxi driver Didier and Helly, a young mother trying to get custody of her son. Violent circumstances unite them with Marie, who arrives in Paris from the count
In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. Layale loves Rabih, but Rabih is married. Nisrine is Muslim and her forthcoming marriage poses a problem: she is no longer
Anna is a calm and reserved young woman. Convinced that Doctor Zanevsky is in love with her, she is brought to her wits ends, going from hope, despair, then hatred, before turning the lives of the doctor and his wife upside down.
A fallen woman on the run develops a new life with the aid of a troubled photographer.
Louis is a divorced father and bar manager, who feels more than affection for Sabine. They often get together during the afternoon in a hotel room. He pays for the pleasure. She also has other clients. Secretive, he confides his pain to no one, not even to his sister Agnes, with whom he is neverthel
In 1975, Nicolas Philibert was a young assistant director on Ren Allio's "Moi, Pierre Riviere ." That film, which narrated the true story of a young man who murdered his family in 1835, featured a cast made up mostly of local villagers. Three decades later, Philibert returns to the Normandy countrys
Chronicles the life of Viktor Atemian, a political refugee who comes to Paris and briefly becomes a celebrated writer in intellectual circles. The film follows an uncompromising Atemian as he withdraws from the literary world and its idiosyncrasies. As time passes and success doesn't return, he find
Menachem Frankel is only seventeen but he is impatient to become an adult, leave his family, and experience new and exciting things. Eli, his father, is terribly dissapointed that he could not mold his son into a serious and devout young man. One night, while driving home, Eli suddenly feels ill. Me
About a well-to-do woman named Chouga who leaves her callous husband and beloved son for a charismatic younger man named Ablai. The woman, who Ablai has courted and then forsaken, attempts suicide. After her recovery, Chouga marries another suitor-- the more reliable Tiburon.
Marie is a lanky Parisian teenager content to hang out with Anne, an awkward chubbette, until blonde dazzler Floriane captures Marie's interest and lures her into a murkier pool of desire and disenchantment. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool where all three use synchroniz
After the death of his wife, a seventy-year old musician feels completely lost. First a friend of his, an incorrigible womanizer, and then his daughter try to help out by having him stay at their homes. What gives him back his taste for life, however, is Suzanne. Although she belongs to a different
Country girl Yu Hong leaves her village to study in Beijing. At university, she falls madly in love with fellow student Zho Wei. Driven by passion that neither can control, their relationship becomes one of dangerous games. All around them, their fellow students begin to demonstrate, demanding democ
Sitting in a chauffeured car parked just outside of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, Rebecca struggles to compose herself. It isn't clear who or what has just upset her, but the driver of the car she's sitting in is losing patience. Hanna's running late for an appointment that she absolutely must keep and
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 wh
According to ancient mythology, Tiresia was both a man and a woman. Blinded by the rage of the goddess, the gods granted him higher vision. This version of the myth takes place in the suburbs of Paris. Tiresia is a Brazilian transexual of extreme beauty, earning her living as a prostitute, she share
Shot over three years by several crews working in parallel, the documentary unveils the hidden world of animals living in the harsh Arctic environment and exposes how this delicate ecosystem is under threat from global warming.
Cheyenne, a young unemployed journalist whose welfare payments are about to be cut off, decides to leave Paris to live a marginal life in the country. She leaves behind Sonia, the woman she loves. Sonia is a physics and chemistry teacher at a Parisian high school. She tries her best to forget Cheyen
A 19th Century-set Russian adventure story.
September the 1st, 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando, whom he abandoned ten years before. Irene, a French agent who used to work with him, and David, his adoptive son,
Francois, a filmmaker, is preparing a thriller. During screen tests for a brief nude scene with an actress, he discovers the pleasure some women can have in the transgression of minor erotic taboos. Driven by the desire to contribute something new to the cinema, he decides to make a film that mixes
A gang of youths led by a certain Xiaosi does its everyday rounds and young Han Jie is a favourite victim. He does not dare use the knife he keeps in his pocket. It is his cousin Xiping who eventually teaches Xiaosi and his Gang of Four Stars a lesson, but then he has to flee.
Marc and Agnes are an attractive, successful Parisian couple, who have been together for many years. One evening, before joining friends for dinner, Marc decides on a whim to shave off the mustache he's worn all of his adult life. He waits patiently for his wife's reaction, but neither she nor his f
On her birthday, Jeanne finds out from her mother that her father is Indian, a Hindu she met on her travels. An "untouchable", her mother says. Jeanne is an actress. She abandons the rehearsals of Brecht's "Saint Joan of the Stockyards", which her lover is directing, and leaves for India to find the
In eighties China, not all taboos were lifted. Min, a young orphan, sets off to study with a renowned botanist. A secretive man and authoritarian father, this teacher lives on an island transformed into a luxurious garden. Obliged to share this solitary and withdrawn life, his daughter, An, is delig
Once upon a time, there were two children who had the same nanny: Azur, blonde and blue-eyed, son of the lord of the castle, and Asmar, dark-skinned and black-eyed, the nurse's child. Brought up like brothers, the children are suddenly torn apart. But Azur, haunted by the legend of the fairy that Dj
Shamans and punching bags are the cornerstones of 17-year-old Nalla's training in this colorful foray into the world of Senegalese wrestling, a traditional art that has become a national phenomenon. When Nalla joins a champion team, he learns there's a spiritual aspect to the sport, one that goes be
Set 40 years ago in a small town's hospital, juxtaposed with a similar hospital in the present day. It is a fictional recollection of the love and work of the filmmaker's parents before they finally became lovers, exploring both memories and everyday lives in two eras where a painfully shy young man
Laid off Belgian factory workers exact revenge on the bosses who fired them by organizing a break-in.
A 30-year-old scientist is called from the city to his grandmother's deathbed in a country house in Alsace. He has been away fro so long that he finds it hard to make himself useful.
A miserly husband at last decides to be generous to his wife by offering her the gift of a country house. But he can't refrain from doing it cheaply and therefore chooses to work with a dubious real estate agent and bungling workmen, who transform his surprise into a nightmare.
About the entangled destinies of six men and a boy whose lives have influences on one another and who are all more or less going through an existential crisis. One works as an assistant in a thalassotherapy centre; the others are: a high school science teacher, a paleontologist back in his hometown,
Kamal loves his newly wed wife but is unable to make love to her. Kamal is willing to "get treatment" and consults a doctor who declares there is nothing physically wrong with him. He advises him to learn with a mature woman and then get back to his wife. Kamal then sets out for the town, in search
Homeless on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Hsiao Kang is robbed, beaten and left for dead; he is found and nursed by Rawang, an immigrant worker, who lives in the shell of a modernist building abandoned during construction. Rawang's feelings for his patient may or may not be sexual, but there's defini
The sudden death of a teenager during a soccer match puts a small community completely off-balance.
At the turn-of-the-century, a poor family makes the journey from rural Sicily through the "golden door" of Ellis Island into America. On a perilous steamship journey from his village, widower Salvatore Mancuso encounters a ravishing, mystery-shrouded Englishwoman, Lucy. Amid a harrowing crossing, an
Michel is the son of a paralyzed writer, the husband to a Congolese refugee and father of a future tennis champion. He is an erratic Belgian inventor misunderstood by his employer. At age 41, he learns he's been adopted and was in fact birthed secretly in a Quebec barn, in Sainte-Cecile. In the summ
In the seventies and eighties, Cuba had overcome the crises of the first decade of the revolution and had settled into realizing a new identity, creating the new man Che had envisioned. Despite the lack of many material comforts, the idealism of the people kept afloat their proud, shared conviction
Eloi and Alexandre meet Andre on the first day of the academic year. Seduced by his cool behavior, charisma and intelligence, they easily fall prey to his charm. Andre offers them friendship and mentoring in return for a pledge of loyalty. Overcome with admiration, Eloi and Alexandre bow to the hars
The tale of a group of African soldiers who join the French in their fight against the Nazis. Although they passionately battle to defend the motherland, a place they've never been, they face inequality and daily humiliation within the French army. These heroes that history forgot won battles thro
Set in the 1970s in the rural town of Kerala, India, follows the mischievous antics of four school friends--Unni, Gopi, Ramu and Raju. Unni is from an upper-caste family, but his allegiance is with his ramshackle, lower-caste friends and this leads to all sorts of complications.
Two young men, desperate to escape the politically volatile Ivory Coast, embark upon a European journey seeking their fortune. They dream of one day returning as triumphant heroes. However, one is deported and returns empty-handed, cast aside by his family and friends. The other, running from the au
In 1919, Professor Labrousse considers how to treat veteran Antonin, who has returned from war suffering shock but showing no external signs of injury.
The lovelorn Ariane scripts word balloons for a photo-novella in the magazine "You and Me." She is accustomed to seeing "l'amour" (love) in her fiction, and this colors how she sees her own relationships. Meanwhile, her cellist sister is dealing with her own budding romances.
Once upon a time, there were two children who had the same nanny: Azur, blonde and blue-eyed, son of the lord of the castle, and Asmar, dark-skinned and black-eyed, the nurse's child. Brought up like brothers, the children are suddenly torn apart. But Azur, haunted by the legend of the fairy that Dj
Jean-Claude is a legal secretary, who hands out notifications and informs people of seizure orders. He is divorced, has an elderly father shut away in an old-people's home and plans the same mediocre future for his son. At the dance academy opposite his office Jean-Claude meets Françoise. For him, s
Irene, a 45-year-old actress traveling from one small town to another with her one-woman show, "Dirty Business." Slyly funny in her masked onstage persona, Irene is a genial pro at touring alone, phoning home to her husband and child and sleeping in a new hotel each night. Things change when a scoot
In the mid-1980s, a Christian Ethiopian boy from a poverty-stricken family is forced by his mother to pretend he is a Jewish orphan so that he has a chance at being adopted by an upper class Jewish family in Israel.
In the Canary Islands, a family shares a home. The mother Helene, cool and in charge, and her teenaged son Pierre, a pious Catholic back from boarding school, discuss his father's infidelity; the next they hear, he is dead in a car crash. Helene launches into a wild series of parties, gradually invo
When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won't come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. That ni
Still on the rebound from a failed relationship two years ago, Sang-Weon and Yeong-Shil meet by chance and agree to give it another go. They try to sleep together and then decide on a suicide pact. But the pills they swallow cause nothing much worse than headaches, and they stagger back into their
Dispossessed twenty-year old Bruno lives with his eighteen-year-old girlfriend Sonia in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia's unemployment benefits along with the panhandling and petty thefts committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth t
In the elite world of upper crust Paris, a man named Bois d'Enghein is about to marry Viviane Duverger, the daughter of a wealthy baroness, however, he has yet to break this news to his lover, Lucette, one of the most notorious divas in the city.
Seventeen-year-old Claire Moutiers has managed quite well since moving off her parents' farm and into a quaint studio in Angouleme. Her supermarket cashier's job pays the bills, but more importantly, it promises Claire enough spare time to design the intricately beautiful embroideries that are her p
Japan in the summer of 1945. On 15 August, millions of Japanese hear the voice of Japanese Emperor Hirohito for the first time. In his address to the nation, he commands his army and his people to cease all fighting. This announcement enables the Allies to land on Japan's islands without encounterin
In this fictional version of the end of his political career, François Mitterrand meets an ambitious young journalist named Antoine Moreau who draws the president into a conversation that soon evolves into a major discourse on life, death, politics and morality.
A veteran director of some 40 pornographic films, Jacques Laurent comes out of professional retirement feeling increasingly out-of-step with the commercial demands of the industry, and on set one of his producers takes over the directorial reins for a crucial sex scene. Meanwhile, his teenage son Jo
After several years of living together, Lee Hauser and Emily Wang are all washed up. Mythical rock star of the 80s, Lee no longer has a recording contract. They travel from one small town to another playing small gigs, living on broken dreams. A carefree life of easy money and fame has gone to ruin.
In the late 1970's, two dissaffected and disillusioned college students find each other as they leave their previous relationships and plans for the future behind them.
A woman's Prince Charming turns out to be a murderous bank robber. A young art student rebels against the comfortable bourgeois existence of her family. Attracted at first sight to a young Moroccan, she immediately offers herself sexually to him. When he gets involved in a bank robbery and his partn
Louis Trebor, a robust and mysterious loner, lives alone in an isolated woodland compound on the French-Swiss border in the Jura mountains. An enigmatic figure and emotionally distant father, he has little contact with his grown up son, Sidney--who lives near Geneva with his wife, a Swiss border gua
Claire is a humble copy editor who becomes a personal assistant to her favorite actress. By and by, she loses herself both in the actress's demands and needs, and also in her own ego swollen at her new job.
Charlotte struggles to make space in her life for her newly widowed mom Catherine. Amid the clutter and unpacked boxes, Charlotte schleps her laptop around the house, trying to get a grip on the erotic novel she's working on. Piano teacher Catherine starts receiving a stream of students for lessons,
The story of two gorgeous young women who discover the power of sex as a tool to climb the social ladder. Sandrine and Natalie work at a strip club; Natalie performs an erotic act on stage while Sandrine serves drinks. After they are both fired, the two become roommates and Natalie begins training
The detective San Antonio and his faithful cohorts are locked in a race against time to defeat a terrorist plot against the President of France.
A retracing of the life of determined Marxist-humanist revolutionary, Salvador Allende, delving into the supposed implication of the United States in the coup d'état.
June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane at
Mustafa, or "Schizo," a boy not quite 15 years old, becomes caught up in sordid adult dealings, and must struggle to maintain his sense of beauty and right as he develops the expertise and thick skin of a true player. Growing up in the destitute early '90s Kazakhstan, and nicknamed "Schizo" for his
Ordo is a French Marine whose early life was full of broken relationships, including a brief marriage with an underage nymphet named Estelle that was busted up when her mom hauled her back home. Sixteen years later, his shipmates spot his old wedding photo in a celeb magazine article on hot star-of-
Mona's wedding day is the saddest day of her life. She knows that once she crosses the border between Israel and Syria to marry Syrian TV star Tallel, she will never be allowed back to her beloved family in Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel since 1967.
Pascale is eager to be spending time with her young son Thomas and her new beau Didier in a remote country house. With Didier due to arrive in a few days, Pascale is caught off guard when her ex, Thomas' father Jan has not moved out yet, and still wants to be with Pascale and their son.
A study of dance choreographer Mathilde Monnier. To go towards Mathilde. The movement towards her. Meetings at Montpellier during a season, a season of her work.
Glamorous theater actress, Diane de Montalte, finds it difficult to accept that her 23-year- old gay, live-in son, Marc, wishes to live a more low-key life. While Marc travels frequently from Paris to Marrakesh to visit his lover, Dionys, Diane begins a casual relationship with the only somewhat das
Confused yet curious, six-year-old Iris is taken in hand by Bianca, the leader of a group of girls who live in one of five houses that make up a kind of boarding school. The only adults are old servants and two authoritarian teachers. Obedience is paramount. Those caught trying to escape are either
Fifty years of the turmoil and violence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict provide the backdrop for the more personal stories of Dr. Khalil and Younes. On the run from the police, Dr. Kalil hides in Younes' hospital room. The two men being previously acquainted, Dr. Kalil tries to awaken the comat
Nora is a 35-year-old art gallery director and single mother struggling to rise above tragic circumstances--a late husband, a failed second marriage and a lover's suicide--through her successful career and a marriage to a wealthy businessman. Ismael, her ex-husband, is a disheveled, neurotic musicia
Three months in the media shy French judicial system are captured as the various comings and goings of a misdemenor court are recorded on film.
Having returned to life, the living dead now co-habitate with the living. One morning, a small French city wakes up to discover groups of recently dead people walking into town. No one knows the cause and there's no time to find out. After tearful and sometimes strained reunions, the returnees look
At a French boarding school for troubled youth in the early 1970's, the Headmaster and his wife decide that their son Daniel, who is fifteen years old but looks younger, should finally go live in the dorm with all the other students, as they do not want it to seem Daniel is receiving any special tre
Tom, a young boy, is sent to live with his Grandfather in the French Alps after his mother dies in a skiing accident. While there, he befriends Benoit, a boy just slightly his senior. The two search for the remains of the Malabar Princess, a plane which crashed into Mont Blanc in 1950.
A look back at the past films and filmmakers that have shown and spoken at the Cannes film festival.
Isabelle is a naïve student nurse working in the surgical unit of a high-tech, very spartan, hospital, surrounded by a dark forest. Isabelle finds solace in, Véronique, her cousin who works in the same unit and lives in the nurses' dormitory overlooking the hulking hospital. Plagued with an inner-ea
It's a summer holiday weekend in Paris and Antoine and Hélène are on their way to pick up their children at summer camp, thus joining thousands of other vacationers on the highways to the south of France. At first in high spirits, the couple starts sniping at each other during the drive as tensions
An examination of the life and legacy of Bobby Kennedy, and with it, a look at the way America relates to and treats its visionary leaders.
Unable to hold a job, a man who suffers from narcolepsy has dreams about his super-heroic secret life to escape his mundane existence.
In seven countries across three continents, the family succession saga of Napa Valley power brokers weaves together with the bitter rivalry of two aristocratic Florentine dynasties, and the inter-generational struggle of a Burgundian family trying to preserve its few acres of vineyards. It also conn
Eager to start his own restaurant, chef Jean-Jacques quits his steady cooking job and searches unsuccessfully for a business loan. He barges in on a biz course taught by clueless Claude, who dreams of writing a novel and, when he does opt for the literary life, elevates procrastination to an art. Me
David, an independent photographer, and his girlfriend Katia, leave Los Angeles to explore the desert terrain in search of a natural set for a magazine photo shoot. The attractive couple finds a motel at 29 Palms, and subsequently spend their days on their four-wheelers, discovering the Joshua Tree
Looking for work, North African hero Momo is taken on as a labourer for a spectacularly disreputable central heating firm. Expected to lend his efforts to their shoddy undertakings, he falls foul of his employers but sets out to see justice done with the help of a spectacularly garrulous local know-
In a remote, isolated village in post-Soviet Armenia, Hamo, a widower with a pitiful pension and three worthless sons, travels daily to his wife's grave. There he meets the lovely Nina, who is communing with her late husband. The two are penniless--she works in a local bar that is about to close dow
A sexually explicit instruction manual on how to cruise, service and be serviced in an adult movie house.
Film director Jeanne is obsessed with directing a difficult sex scene between her young actress and actor who hate each other. Aided and prodded by her loyal assistant director, Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting it right, wihtout compromise or dishonesty.
Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears. Needing to get out and have a change of scenery, she jumps in her car to go to have dinner with friends--only to become stuck in a terrible traffic jam. Laure completely forgot about the mass transi
Marie is a bereaved woman whose husband and teenage son have recently been killed in a car crash. Unable to get over her loss, Marie--a partner in a dress shop in Montreal--takes an ad in the paper: "Mother who has lost a son seeks a son who has lost a mother." Four young males respond to her plea f
When the criminal Milan rolls into a sleepy French backwater town planning to knock off the local bank on Saturday, he assumes it will go off without a hitch. Then he encounters Manesquier. A retired poetry teacher whose sedentary lifestyle bores even himself, Manesquier offers Milan a much-needed d
A French Arab gets more than he bargains for when he enters the employ of an extreme right wing organization in order to kill its leader.
After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her days off, Jacques is torn between the pleasure of Laura's company, and the headache that such an intrusion br
Philippe finishes last by a large margin in a solo sailing race round the world. When he reaches La Rochelle two months after the winner, he has difficulty adjusting to life on land, even though he is well fixed up with his partner Lucie and their six-year-old son Vincent. When he sets off on anothe
Every Monday morning, Vincent is faced with the same old routine: he gets up at five and then it takes him one-and-a-half hours to get to the factory where he performs his monotonous job. He can't smoke on the journey to work and when he gets to work, he's not allowed to smoke there either. As soon
Louise and Nathalie are 30 years old or so. They meet after a period of separation of more than 10 years. Louise is a dental technician now. Nathalie has become an actress, which they both wanted to be one day. Because she admires Nathalie, Louise wants to make her happy and convinces for her to sta
Michele, a twenty-year-old model is depressed after breaking up with her boyfriend Bertrand. She fears her life is in a rut. Work is steady, and all her friends are loyal and supportive, but something seems to be missing. So she decides to give Buddhism a try; it feels fine, but still is incapable o
A young woman sets out to try to understand the life of a famous Trieste intellectual--to discover why a man so clearly influential in the work and lives of many writers, himself chose not to write.
Algeria, at the start of the 20th century. Jean Corveler, a renowned lawyer, returns from France where he has just defended the Marguerite rebels, accused of the murder of seven Europeans. He discovers his wife Eugenia, dead, in his bedroom. In a letter, she has written the words: "With all my love"
Marion is a hot-headed, free-spirited woman, carefree and uncompromising, as if the teenager in her had not quite disappeared. At her godson's birthday, she meets Clement, a captivating, provocative teenaged child. They begin to play a game of seduction; then turmoil sets in, followed by desire and
After losing his wife Carole from a heroin overdose, Francois, a thirty year old director, wants to make a film against drugs. Lucie, a young actress he is in love with, should play the main role. But raising the money to shoot the film is difficult: all the producers refuse to invest in it because
Carla Behm is a long-time employee of a Parisian property development company; hardworking and well-informed, she's a 35-year-old secretary who'd like to move up the ranks, but her own timidity, caused largely by a serious hearing problem, always holds her back. Salvation comes in the form of Paul A
A ferry leaves Saint Malo for England. Thomas, a French adolescent, meets Alice, an English woman in her thirties. The sea crossing encourages the woman to strike up a conversation, and then to enter into the game of seduction. Thomas lets himself be guided by her. He's tender, and sees her as someo
In 1949, following a botched robbery, Manu is imprisoned in Paris and sentenced to death. While on death row, Manu begins writing a book based on his attempted escape from prison. Unbeknownst to Manu, his estranged father Joe has been fighting for presidential clemency for over 4 years. Eventually M
The lives of two women and two men become entwined as they discuss the fundamental questions of love, happiness, wisdom, and intelligence.
In 1882, Therese, a young maid from the countryside, elopes with her fiance Firmin to a nearby town. Once there she discovers that nobody can rule over her: she is a savage soul. Therese meets another savage soul, the elegant and mysterious Madame Numance, benefactress of the town, with whom she wil
Kurt is just over 20-years-old and has an accent that is hard to place. Lea is younger and more shy. The two meet one summer at the seaside and have an affair. Kurt is a taciturn loner who steals cars, is responsible for a number of strange break-ins, and lives from his ill-gotten gains, spending hi
A rundown country home is the site for drinking and teen sexual explorations.
Now in retirement a handful of terrorists, who today are elderly men, recount their experiences as illegal refugees--Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Easten Europe. Living in Paris, they were desperate young men with nothing left to lose. As "French" Resistance fighters they carried out the most dangerous
In the early 1900s, a former clergyman divorces his wife, marries another woman and settles in Switzerland. When he must return to France to take over the family porcelain business, the move affects his second marriage.
There are two women in math teacher Paul's life: Luisa, his mistress, who teaches music, and Marianne, his wife, who studied biology. These three love each other or once loved each other. One day, Paul has a car accident, which radically changes his life. When he comes out of hospital, he has become
In 1967, old friends Henri and Jules are separated when Henri goes off to Paris to study. Apart for years, Henri travels to America with his lover Emilie while Jules stays in France to write. The three keep up a lively correspondance and when Henri and Emilie return to France, they too are separated
After impetuously robbing a bank, 25-year-old Paul and his 18-year-old lover Helene flee the north of France headed for Marseilles. Along the way, the lovers force a priest to marry them, and get themselves into even deeper trouble.
Filmmaker Amir Kobessov is happily married to Anara but is having trouble sleeping. He dreams of a crowded theatre during the premiere of his film. The projectionist stupidly gets the reels mixed up. The images on the screen are those of an American karate film. The audience cheers and refuses to ha
An Italian theatre company, on tour across Europe, comes to Paris to stage "As You Desire Me" by Pirandello. Within this company, Camille is the leading actress and companion to Ugo, the director of the play and company. She is also the only actress of French origin in the group. It is the first tim
Shy insurance agent Gregoire Moulin works in a Paris office with a view overlooking a ballet studio. Over time, Gregoire has fallen in love with dance teacher Odile, whom he silently admires but dares not approach. Finally, desperate to meet her, Gregoire decides to steal Odile's wallet in a restaur
Fifi Flores is the protagonist of "The Easter Egg", a successful comedy playing in Paris. Everything seems to be going well, but suddenly the writer/director falls victim to a cabal. To avenge his enemies, he decides to rewrite his play, thus setting off a series of disasters. Luckily Fifi has her "
A murder investigation leads the famous sleuth Vidocq on the trail of a folk figure who is wreaking havoc on the political core of 1830s Paris.
Within the Georgian emigre community of Tel Aviv, a look at what happens when human beings get stuck between the rock of true love and the hard place of family tradition. Lily and Yasha are distraught that their 31-year-old son Zaza has not yet married. He is handsome, intelligent, charismatic... So
Recently fired from his job, but unable to confess the truth to his close-knit family, Vincent spends his days driving around the countryside, talking into his cell phone and staring into space. Vincent fabricates a new job for himself so his family and friends will not know that he is out of work. At one point, he even sneaks into an office building. As Vincent roams the building's sterile halls, peeking into meeting rooms where men are busy at work, we see a man who yearns not just for a new job, but for a place in the world. While this pantomime of work initially registers as sad and even a little pathetic, it slowly and unnervingly becomes terrifying.
Paul doesn't often return to the family farm. If he's gone home this time, it's because of his sickly father. Thrown back into the world of his boyhood, Paul rediscovers all that he once knew - his parents, his best friend, his pretty young neighbor. But the guilt for having abandoned his parents be
Elena is a gorgeous fifteen-year-old forced to drag along pudgy twelve-year-old Anais as she trolls for boys in the cafes of a seaside resort where their family is vacationing. Treating Anais with casual cruelty, Elena smooches a handsome young Italian as her sister gorges on a banana split and later, in their shared bedroom, commands her to sleep as the twentysomething Fernando climbs in through the window. As Elena is deflowered, Anais writhes in fascination, envy and her own budding desire. When Elena''s transgression is revealed to their parents, their furious mother breaks off the holiday and embarks on the long drive home with the girls in the back seat. The summer vacation is over but, as they discover on a tension-filled journey home, the family adventure is not.
In a Paris of broken dreams, unemployed actress Nina attempts suicide, passing out in a park. She's saved from death by Algerian jogger Sami, who finds her and brings her to the hospital. After getting out, Nina looks up Sami and discovers he's working as a transvestite prostitute. The two form an u
Three decades in the lives of a group of friends, who all share a love of and dedication to the theater. In 1974, friends Aurelian, Barbara and Antoine found a new Paris theater. For their first production, the troupe works with fledgling actress Jeanne and Chilean dissident actor Luis Miguel Suerte
Tina Menzhal is a small-town girl plucked from obscurity to become an international supermodel. While she gains instant access to the elite and glamorous world of the fashion industry, Tina also must survive the dark side of celebrity -- superficiality, aggressive egotism and exploitation.
In 14th century France, doctor Alienor cures the king of a festering wound and is awarded the husband of her choice. She chooses to marry Count Bertrand de Roussillon, but must chase after him when he refuses to consummate the marriage.
After being released from prison, Marie visits the cafe Le Detour in search of her brother Antoine. The siblings reconnect and Marie realizes that Antoine is involved in the illegal drug trade. Soon after Antoine is critically injured in a drug deal gone bad, and Marie goes out looking for revenge.
Former policeman Emerson investigates the murder of a girl killed in a seedy hotel. He knows her only by her nickname, Golondrina. As he reconstructs her life, he discovers her involvement with several men: an immoral political candidate, who is linked to paramilitary groups; a decrepit former boxer
On the last night of a love affair, a man's girlfriend tells him about a mysterious woman who haunts the streets of Paris at night looking for men. Obsessed with the image of this woman, he enters into one one-night stand after another, his mind slipping between fantasy and reality, between past and
Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are 12-year-old street kids in Casablanca. The streets are their home and the people that live in them, their family. With nowhere to go, and nowhere to hide, survival is an everyday problem and friendship is their irreplaceable bond. Then one day, Ali is killed, his lif
What could be more pleasurable than summer holidays on the beach when one is a young and beautiful? For brooding Mathieu it is a summer of boredom and simmering family crises, spent with his hostile youngest sister, his depressed mother and Annick, a matriarch who governs the Pornichet villa. But th
Moise Blin was an 18th century Alsatian Jewish peddler. In 1987, two enthusiasts of genealogy bring together as many descendants of Moise Blin as they can. The gathering reveals the chronicles of one family, from before the French Revolution to the present day: an exemplary history of one group of E
From the summer of 1969 into the late 70's, five friends discover the sexual revolution, get married and have affairs; their ever-changing relationships reflecting the greater social changes occuring around them.
When he is laid off from his job, Felix decides to leave his boyfriend and hometown of Dieppe and journey to Marseille to meet the father he has never known. But, rather than take the train, he prefers back roads and borrowed cars. At first determined to find his real father, as his travels continue
In 1850 on the small, isolated Canadian island of Saint Pierre, a sailor, Neel Auguste, murders a man and receives the death penalty after a quick trial. Saint Pierre lacks the necessary tools for an execution, however, so while they wait for a guillotine to arrive from Paris, Neel Auguste moves int
A complex story of lawyers in love. Alain is an indecisive bisexual lawyer in his 40s, torn between a plethora of male lovers, including the ardent, mercurial Christophe, and his fiancee and legal colleague, Laurence. Alain's life is further complicated by a thorny relationship with Marc, whom he's
When his father loses his factory job over a minor incident, younger son Matthieu attempts to fight the decision, but to no avail. After his father is hit by a car and dies, Matthieu resolves to get revenge on the factory boss and engages in an elaborate scheme to blackmail the boss's wife Claire.
On July 10, 1969, as man prepares to walk on the moon, Sacha prepares to tell her family the truth that will shatter their dreams: she has quit medical school and is in love with a woman. But when Sacha arrives in Brussels to a welcome home party, she hasn't the heart to tell them. The party over, s
Robert, yet another in a long line of befuddled middle-aged Frenchmen on the prowl. His sister plans to set him up with her friend Claire, without knowing that the two are former lovers. Claire has just given birth to a child that bears Robert's name - it's not his, but their chance meeting throws h
Despite her husband's occasional infidelity, 35-yr-old Francoise is happy with her life and her three children. What would prove unbearable, however is the thought of another kind of life.
On the surface Marie seems happy. She's been married to Francois for twelve years and they have a 2-year-old son, Paul, together. But the surface begins to crack when the couple fight over having a second child, Francois wants one but Marie doesn't. In the midst of this all, Marie meets Bill, a hand
Both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture--a documentary capturing the world of French gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.
Solange works as a meter maid in the town she grew up in, issuing tickets to angry motorists. She spends her evenings videotaping herself secretly singing to karaoke discs. But when her successful high school pal, Mylene, visits town for a book signing, Solange's latent discontent rises to the surfa
Rene is an obese 50-year-old man suffering from the degenerative muscle disease myopathy. He is disliked by everyone at the nursing home. So nobody is surprised when it falls upon the young new nurse, Julie to look after him. However, Rene's maliciousness simply melts away in the face of Julie's hon
A social satire in which a woman in a failing marriage finds unexpected solace in the bosom of a judo club.
It's winter 1995, and France is paralysed by public transport strikes. Nadia is a young woman with a baby whom she is raising alone. One day, she thinks she recognises the father on television, among the strikers, and she decides to go and look for him.
Gas station attendant Ulysses works everyday, oblivious to the woman who pines for him from across the street. But when a couple of drunken crooks pull into his station, the woman gets a chance to finally meet him.
Three separate, unconnected denizens of Paris and its surroundings go about their hectic, confusing and ultimately normal lives.
Claude and Marie have been married for 15 years and are still very in love. Claude, now in his 60s, becomes distressed when he finds himself increasingly impotent. Visiting a specialist provides him with no answers, but Claude hears about Viagra and decides that is the solution. Because Viagra is st
A handsome young waiter named Nicolas is befriended by Frederic, a wealthy and mysterious middle-aged business executive. Frederic, a man of power, influence and strictly refined tastes is strangely smitten by Nicolas' charm and naivete. Lonely and phobic, Frederic offers Nicolas a lucrative job as
Fleeing from his wife in France to London, 45-year-old Pierre is barely able to support himself. He meets friendly Tom, who offers to help him make ends meet by working as a male escort. Soon Pierre is making a handsome living as a gigolo, but problems arise when he becomes romanticly involved with
A sexually-troubled young man runs away from home, while a girl wakes up one morning with a single cyclops breast.
In the late 1960's, Alice, a precocious but bored teenager, embarks on a summer vacation dedicated to the exploration of her own blossoming sexuality. Once she lays eyes on Jim, a hunky laborer employed at her father's sawmill, she develops an infatuation which awakens her senses to her desires as w
Ariane lives with wealthy Simon in the Paris apartment he shares with his grandmother. Constantly suspecting Ariane of infidelity, Simon arranges for her friend Andree to chaperone her whenever she leaves the apartment. Sympathetic and even affectionate to Simon, Ariane prefers women as sexual partn
Thomas Thomas is a 32-year-old man suffering from acute agoraphobia. For eight years, he has neither left his home nor let anyone in. His only contact with other people is through the computer screen, which allows a two-way audio-video connection. His insurance company handles most aspects of his li
When the fortune-teller she hopes will save her marriage makes disturbing predictions, Oriane decides to take the future into her own hands.
Seventy-six-year-old Cuban street musician Miguel Del Morales, known as El Gallo (The Rooster), travels around Cuba with his guitar, making music in the homes of friends, in bars, and on street corners, in courtyards and stairwells. His rich voice, colored by a lifetime of cigarettes and rum, weathe
Harrison Lloyd is a prize-winning photojournalist, who decides to make an assignment to report on war-torn Yugoslavia his last. However, he is reported dead by the wire service. Refusing to accept this, his wife Sarah embarks on a perilous journey to find him and bring him home. Armed with a camera,
One very full day in the life of Denis Diderot -- the 18th century philosopher and libertine who wrote the first encyclopedia -- during which he dodges the law, the church, his wife, and his definition of morality.
A group of teenaged actors experience a night of terror deep in the woods.
Late 17th century France. Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, has founded Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility. Girls of all ages are brought here to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. For Madame de Maintenon, what begins as an
The story of a group of friends, all around 30, who live in the Le Panier area of Marseille. It's not a bad life, made up of slightly shady dealings, nights out, sun and just hanging out. But the neighborhood, the project, is an inescapable presence. Over a period of a few summer days, their carefre
When white, bourgeoise married couple Loretta and Henri have difficulties running their bistro, called Le Ventre Plein (The Full Belly), 18-year-old black orphan Diamantine is hired on as a waitress. Assuring Diamantine that she's now one of the family, the couple convince her to assist them in a ru
Roomates Myope and Lunettes spend their days talking in their Paris apartment and invent a story involving Agathe and Pierrot, a couple who are in love but constantly bicker.
After fifteen years in the north of Italy, a Sicilian intellectual returns to his homeland and reunites with his mother. Along the way he has a series of conversations with the people he encounters.
An ex-Foreign Legion officer recalls his experiences in the Gulf of Djibouti.
Darius is a newly successful playwright, his debut a huge theatrical hit. After returning from treatment for his drinking problem, he returns to Paris to see posters advertising his new play. His only problem is that he hasn't written it yet. Suffering from writer's block, he despairs of ever findin
Micheline is a young woman trying to figure out her life. She is pregnant, while her friends are dealing with love with varying degrees of success. She also has family problems, but she still finds occasional moments of grace.
When the head of a major public works corporation is murdered, it's up to his son to find the killers.
A tale of a man from Teheran who travels in a Landrover to a remote village of Kurdistan with a crew in Tow. He tells the local inhabitants that he is there to do a survey, but as the film progresses, we understand that he is there for a completely different purpose: to record a specific event that
Arthur is a history professor who has just broken up with his girlfriend. When he has to travel to Portugal for research purposes, he asks his ex to come with him, in the hope that they can be reconciled. But his pushy neighbor comes too, threatening the relationship with sinister outside influences
A contemplation on the unhealed relationship between black Africa and the white world that explores daily life of a remote village seemingly untouched by time. Only the radio is there as a reminder that the outside world is taking the millennium leap very, very seriously.
Rosetta is a 17-year-old Italian girl who lives in a trailer park on the outskirts of the Belgian town of Seraing. Drowning in poverty and neglect, she is driven by a need that quickly becomes her singular obsession: securing a steady job and a normal life, but her single-mindedness may lead her to
Slice-of-life stories are told through the many regular customers of the Paris' streetcar system. One woman serves as both spectator and guide as she introduces, comments on, and ponders the lives of her fellow commuters as they rush headlong toward their destinations and destiny.
Amir is an illegal Pakistani immigrant in Paris, working for businessman Jo. But Jo never gets around to filing papers to let Amir work legally, and finally he trades him with a friend to pay off a gambling debt. Now Amir must work for Ralph, a much less successful businessman. However, soon Ralph's
Marie's lover is the cool and unaffectionate Paul, who refuses to have sex with her and may be gay. She won't leave him, though, and rather decides on a masochistic sexual journey in which she sleeps with other men, while retaining her emotional connection to Paul. First there is Paolo, a stud with
Roger Closset is the photographer for a tabloid newspaper in a small, uneventful Belgian factory town. Between monitoring the police band for accidents and crimes, and tricking hapless subjects into posing for incriminating photos, Roger dreams of making a mark on the world far beyond where his mean
Simon is a gay man who is completely at ease with his sexuality. However, his rich, banker uncle wants to see the family name carried on and makes Simon a proposition. If he will marry, he'll receive 10 million francs and a lavish house as well. Although Simon barely makes a living as a bar pianist,
Thirtysomething Camille leads a happy single life until she meets Alexis, a married man, father of two, and a militant member of a radical political party. He is attracted to her, but not prepared for the force of her advances. She becomes obsessed, thinking of nothing but how to see him more and mo
Remi and Valentina have been in love for 2000 years, time spent roaming the earth, often apart. When they find each other again Valentina is killed, but Remi resuscitates her. This causes problems of how to explain themselves to the witnesses, including a priest. But throughout, Remi and Valentina h
In late 1970's Paris, four high-school girlfriends come of age. Faced with cruel schoolmates and upsetting home lives, Emilie, Ines, Stella, and Marion find comfort in their intense closeness and friendship.
Their mother having died of cancer when they were very young, Suzanne and Marie are raised by their widowed father, Lucien. As they grow older, tensions between the daughters and their father escalate and the family splits. Alone and depressed, Lucien turns to his elderly mother for companionship an
Expatriot Tunisian Wahid Haydar and his daughter, Soufiya, return from their exile in Paris to their native country. Surprised and disheartened by the country's repressive atmosphere, Soufiya soon finds her place in a circle of underground musicians. As father and daughter continue to struggle with
Nadine works in a beauty parlor in Paris. Aware of her fading beauty, she dates casually, but is fearful of the pitfalls of serious relationships. Her co-workers are the popular Samantha and young Marie, who is intrigued by a well-off widower who has become a regular customer. When Nadine is jilted
The lives of a Muslim militia man, a young Christian maid and a rich bourgeois girl collide in Beirut after many of the city's residents have fled during the civil wars in Lebanon.
Babeth contemplates what direction her life is headed as her relationship with boyfriend Remi breaks up.
When the multinational company Grossard laid off some of its workers, the casualties included Pierre, a forty-year-old former executive, and Marie, who worked for two years in Grossard's stores for minimum wage. They happen to meet one day in the supermarket, and for lack of anything else to do, the
Based on the concluding installment of Marcel Proust's literary masterpiece, "Rememberance of Things Past," a dying Proust reflects upon his life from his deathbed, remembering many of the people who've affected and influenced him during the course of his adult life, from the 1880s to the early 1920
Francoise is an adolescent desperate to escape her boring hometown. Her sister Sonia is just returning with a husband and baby, but finds her return opens up old wounds. Their father was an alcoholic who lost control of the family factory to an uncle, and Sonia has never recovered from her part in t
Victor is a little boy who just want to play with his toys. Instead he is forced by his parents to watch them have kinky sex. One day he snaps, stabs his father with a pair of scissors and runs off to the fair. There he meets an amusement park worker and his prostitute girlfriend, who offer him a ne
Pierre, a successful young novelist, leaves his affluent family and his fiancee in order to save his illegitimate half-sister, when he discovers that she was abandoned by his parents on the day that he was born. The two travel with some friends of hers to Paris, where Pierre decides to become a real
Eric spends his time with a circle of junkies, financing his habit through petty theft, until one day he gets arrested for possession. Hoping to avoid a prison sentence, Eric is sent to a rehabilitation center where, through the help of his roomate, he rediscovers his love for writing and his desire
Adam is an Egyptian-American student who returns to Cairo for a visit and falls in love with a young journalist, Hanane. When they elope, Adam's mother becomes possessive and jealous, and determines to get rid of her young rival for her son's affections. Discvering that Hanane's brother is a terrori
Pretextat Tach is a famous writer, a Nobel prize winner, but he is also a recluse. Now dying of cancer, he decides to grant an interview, the first time he has seen anyone at all in years. He will pass on his vision of the world, his testimony. He talks to Nina, a confident young journalist, who is
An innocent young man, wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit, will do anything to prove his honesty. While he is in gym class a man steals his shoes, thus leaving a false trail of footprints on a soft roof as he goes to kill his wife's lover.
Helene is insecure about her younger lover Paul: does he truly want her or just her money and remoteness. She hates herself for this uncertainty but cannot shake herself of it. Paul meanwhile is an art student, and meets an older, famous architect Serge, whose assistant he would like to become. In t
Nicolas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm which they are about to lose due to his father's myraid of personal problems. When Nicolas meets Maria, a single mother with two sons, he must make a decision to save her family or his own.
Clement lives in a world of his own, dedicated to the suave movie musicals of Fred Astaire. His new neighbor is Luc, a comic book artist, who he invites over for Sunday dinner. However, in the aftermath of a housewarming party and the annoucement by his girlfriend that she is pregnant, Luc forgets t
Alain is 30 and dreaming of a drastic change for his life. He resigns from his job as a video games tester and, on a whim, signs up for a four-month training course to operate heavy construction vehicles. Missing his family, his desire for such a change begins to fade until he meets a fellow traine
Didier finds his life changed beyond recognition after falling out with his girlfriend and meeting a strange new girl, Aurelie. He gets increasingly paranoid when it seems all of Paris has read a review he wrote, criticising a film he never even saw, and to make matters worse, everywhere he turns he
Franck has been raised by his working-class parents to be upwardly mobile. His father and mother are extremely proud of his academic prowness and success. When Franck graduates from college and returns home, he goes to work in the Human Resources Department at the metalwork plant that has employed a
Alda and Olga are sisters, living a bleak life on a small island, in a house overlooking the graveyard, surrounded by pictures of their dead relatives. These relatives include another sister who died as a baby. Alda teaches at the local high school, and has a series of meaningless flings with marrie
Serena is a city girl who wants a man to protect her. She moves to the country to marry an old count, but that falls through. Next she meets a farmer who falls for her and begins robbing banks in an attempt to keep her in style. She marries him, but embarks on an affair with an artist who locks her
Towards the end of World War II, in occupied France, a man finds a note in a train station on a train which has just arrived from Brussels. The note is addressed, and simply reads: "I am alive, and I love you." This event changes the man's life when he decides to bring it to the address. There he fi
In the summer of 1943, the townsfolk of Lakotice are being blackmailed by the cruel and much feared Sekal. By denouncing his neighbors of crimes against the Reich, fertile land and property are rewarded to Sekal in exchange for freedom. Soon he becomes the richest man in town and the target of mur
Tarek, a class clown, is kicked out of school by his teacher on April 13, 1975, just in time to see the killing of 30 bus passengers that marked the start of civil war in Beirut. Hanging out with his buddy Omar, Tarek is picked up by his mother and father who enjoy a great relationship together with
Alfred Katz is a young Trotskyist in 1938, in love with Mila, a model loved by the Surrealists. He is killed, betrayed by his best friend, a fellow Communist who cannot rid himself of his guilt until 1989, when the world seems to be changing once again.
The Ducret family are very protective of one another, not least the eldest son Julien, who is mentally handicapped. Now an adult, he spends his days talking to a cow. His brother thinks he should be sent to an institution as his antisocial behavoir could cause problems. But his sister supports Julie
Violence explodes when an anti-social, self-consumed ex-convict/ex-butcher who's been separated from his only true love--his mentally-deficient daughter--attempts to rebuild his life and enter into society, to no avail. Driven to the edge of madness by his own disgust and annoyance with his petulant
Isa is twenty. All her possessions fit into a rucksack and she lives through hard times with a philosophy based on smiles. She arrives in Lille after wandering from city to city, looking for odd jobs. She meets Marie, who is also twenty and has always lived in the north. A loner, like Isa, but for d
Madeleine and Jean-Paul are lovers. One night they are discovered by Madeleine's husband whom Madeleine then accidentally shoots. The two plan to meet on October 13th, in a cafe in Strasbourg. But before then, Jean-Paul is involved in a car accident and gets amnesia. He has no idea who he is but rec
To French authorities, Chaaba is a slum. Over 21 families have come here from Algeria to escape the civil war during the mid-60's. The real story, though, are the children who must now fight for an education and stability in this new country. Omar is one of the lucky ones: he enjoys school and will
Friends Nicolas and Thierry are ending their compulsory stint in the army and are forced to begin life having bypassed college or trade school. Too embarrassed to return to their village, they set up a campsite. When two young women camp next to them, Nicolas strikes up a romance with Francoise, a
A knight from the 11th century, Godefroy de Montmirail, and his scruffy vassal, Jacquouille, travel through time to the present and encounter Godefroy's direct descendant Beatrice and her husband only to get caught up in a search for the missing family jewels.
Jeanne argues with her fiance, runs away to Paris, and by dint of her congenital lying, talks her way into a job. Her employer thinks she's rich, so that when a disguised robber hears of her situation, he changes plans from robbing her employer to kidnapping Jeanne. The kidnapping goes ahead but the
Clim is in love with Bebe, who is in prison as a result of a rape charge fabricated by a racist cop. Bebe is a black man from Marseille, adopted by a white working class family. Clim is white, with an equally blue-collar background. When Clim discovers she is pregnant, both families must examine the
A lonely former schoolteacher, Dora, ekes out a living writing and mailing letters for illiterate passersby in Rio's Central Station. Dora's lonely existence is shattered when one of her clients, a young mother is killed outside the station--her child, Josue, is left behind, devastated. Coming to te
When Pierre is left standing at the altar by fiancee France, he hires a private detective to track her down. Not only has she disappeared, but she has absconded with half a million francs in a briefcase. The detective, Luigi, is himself unlucky in love, having recently been divorced. His hunt for Fr
The story of a young boy and three extremely old creatures that want to save the world. The Babels have lived underground since they were forced there by the destruction of the Biblical Tower of babel, but in the approach to the year 2000, they are forced out of hiding to protect their Babel Stone.
Youri Glinski is a head surgeon and a brain specialist in a Moscow hospital. He is also a General in the Red Army and father of a large family. His time is shared between the hospital, his home, and his extra marital affairs. Each one of these occupations is accompanied by a strong inclination for a
K is an unsettled young man who expresses his angst by opening fire upon the streets of Tokyo with an automatic pistol. Dubbed "Four Eyes" by the media, K becomes the target of a police manhunt, led by Detective Roy. When Roy's sister, Hinano, sees the police sketch of K, she recognizes the man aft
Marat is a chauffeur in Almaty, a sprawling city in Kazakhstan. When he runs into the Mercedes of a local nouveau riche, Marat's life sprials into a frightening nightmare. The cost of repairs is beyond Marat's means, leaving him with one solution: he must borrow the money from a Mafia gang-leader, p
While working in her lab, Sylvie catches her younger brother Paul stealing a gun she keeps in a drawer. Paul believes a man named Walser murdered their father by pushing him off a train, a death that was orginally ruled a suicide. Sylvie tries to shield her younger brother by trying to shoot Walser
A bistro owner in Lyon in the 1950s grieves for her dead daughter. She has read too many detective stories and so comes to believe that the girl's tragic accident was in fact murder. She suspects the customers at her bar one by one, but is eventually forced to accept the more mundane truth.
The death of Vincent Malivert, director of a prestigious jewelry shop on Paris' Place Vendome, has left his wife Marianne in a terrible predicament. A man driven to financial ruin, his life was apparently a mess, but he managed to hide this from Marianne. In the past, Marianne was an active jewelry
Intense physical attraction makes lovers of Dominique a poised, sophisticated career woman and Quentin, a handsome, streetwise young hustler. She gives him a nice place to live and a regular allowance, while he brings youth, beauty and excitement into her austere existence. For a time, the power of
Dobermann, the leader of a dangerous gang of bank robbers is targeted by a corrupt police official at their underground partying fortress spot, a transvestite club called Jo Hell.
In a dream-like Mediteranean landscape, summer vacationers rub elbows with sailors from an American naval base who drive around in 1960's Caddies and tap-dance through the mess hall. 15 year old petty thief Orso meets Marie, a 14 year old who spends her time entertaining the American sailors. They c
The true story of the first female painter to break into the 17th-century Italian art world with her exotic images. Seventeen-year-old Artemisia inherits her passion for painting from her father, Orazio, a well-known painter in the Florentine tradition. Considered forbidden, a female painter has nei
A tale of a season's interaction between a well-to-do Parisian couple, their ten year old daughter Marion, and a few key residents of the village where they spend weekends.
In the summer of 1994, Georges Montero, a pied noir--a Frenchman born and raised in North Africa--sets foot in France for the first time to undergo a cataract operation in Paris. The young eye surgeon who treats him, Tarek Timzert, is of North African heritage, but considers himself French; he doesn
Loic, a twentysomething photographer who is perpetually broke, hangs out with Vincent, a well-connected fellow who begins to hit on Loic's younger sister Sophie. Trouble erupts as Vincent pushes his interest.
Mathilde and Nico are a married couple whose relationship comes under pressure when a mysterious illness seems to move from one to the other.
An ironic tale about a seven-year-old boy's gender confusion -- he dreams of being a girl -- and the repercussions this has on his family, classmates and neighbors.
A tribute to emotional inconsistence as seen through the story of a playboy-type who falls for his nebbish best friend's bride.
A small golden statue worth one million dollars is stolen from a museum and shepherded through customs mixed inw ith cheap replicas. The real statue mistakenly winds up in the hands of a Lyon squash club member, and a frantic search for it along with the forgeries ensues.
An account about an aging literary lion, Alexandre, who has writer's block in Mexico.
Betty and Victor are a pair of clever grifters, with years of history together. They specialize in well-planned, middle-range scams, bilking ordinary people of moderate sums of money, with a modus operandi that has kept them comfortable and out of trouble. The much younger Betty reveals that, for th
Trapped in a tenuous marriage, mousy, unassertive Magali lets her husband live with the mistaken impression that she is expecting her first child. Her husband, Alain, a radio reporter, subsequently turns down a yearlong assignment in Canada as the prospect of fatherhood renews his interest in the re
Told in flashback, an eventful year in the life of Agate, an employee at a French multinational insurance company with a sinister glass tower as its headquarters.
Jules, a desperate ex-train conductor, who's tried over and over again to contest his being fired for vague economic reasons, finally is pushed to the edge by a lack of response from the railroad administration. Jules decides to take ten inhabitants of a small town in the suburbs of Lyon as his host
Set on the Ile d'Yeu, a tale about Sasha, a young Englishwoman who's spending time alone with her baby daughter, until she allows a backpacker named Tatiana to pitch her tent near the house. Sasha invites the young woman in for dinner and an odd bond develops between the women until Sasha's husband
A souped-up hitman Angstel picks up a classy hooker Ancetta in a baroque South American hotel, and the pair, armed and with cash to blow, head into the wide open spaces in an attempt to encounter drug dealers and find instant gratification.
During a Romanian winter, a young Parisian named Stephane arrives in hopes of tracking down a famous folk singer. He becomes the surrogate son of an old drunk, Izidor, and becomes a curiosity to the villagers who name him the "crazy stranger." Speaking only a few words of Romanian, he communicates t
When young Amin and Myriam are caught kissing in the sand dunes, religious rivalries erupt in their small desert community, caused by the fact that Myriam is from a rich family and Amin hails from an impoverished one.
Rak is fired from his job and decides to concoct a scheme to sell a musical encyclopedia the doesn't exist. He even holds interviews for prospective salesmen at a local cafe. After witnessing the eviction of a young musician, Lucie, by a real estate agent, Rak robs the man by weilding a toy gun. How
Young wiseguy Francois has followed in his father's footsteps and pulls off a successful hit. However, he now finds himself caught up in the aftermath of an inter-gang vendetta. For protection, he teams up with the volatile thug Rufin and an assorted band of criminals. While biding his time, he purs
Set in an African neighborhood in Paris, a tough-minded detective investigates a grisley discovery: the bodies of two young black women who have been ritually mutilated and hung from the ceiling wearing Malian masks.
Pallavi is a successful classical singer who is preparing to be separated from her aged mother and teacher, the legendary singer Karuna Devi. The trauma of Karuna's death causes Pallavi's voice to disappear resulting in the loss of her professional life, her husband, and her students. Ultimately, Pa
After a 10-year absence, Amelie, twenty-seven, appears at an old motercycle shop in suburban Paris where she grew up hoping to deal with the animosity between herself and her alcholic older brother Adrien. Amelie fixes an old bike and begins to perform death-defying stunts within a giant sphere of m
Freddy, barely 20 and an unemployed epileptic, lives with his mom, who runs a cafe in the small, sleepy town of Bailleul in Northern France. Freddy loves his girlfriend Marie and hangs out with his buddies aimlessly riding motor scooters. However, he faces a moment of strife when he sees Marie talking to the new guy in town, Kader, the young son of an Arab family. Freddy''s listless life, fueled by jealousy and prejudice leads him to an act of violence, in which he kills Kader.
Sabine is a kid with an exceptional IQ who makes money by doing homework for her less intellectual classmates. When handsome Czech playwright Jiri mistakes her for a hooker--having seen her taking money from grateful young men on a bus--he takes her to a hotel room only to discover she's a virgin.
Annie is a divorced, general practitioner who must make house calls to keep business afloat during the slow August in Paris. She goes out for drinks after a party with Richard who tells her he despises overwrought passion in a relationship. Richard, however, begins to visit Annie at her office ask
Set in the USSR during the 1950's, 6-year-old Sania's mother, Katia, is a war widow who takes a new lover, making Sania very unhappy. However, as time passes, Sania begins to take to Tolyan, an army officer who teaches the kid basic, macho survival tactics. When mother and son realize that Tolian is
The story opens in London where Lenny, an aimless Frenchman, cons a Brit out of her money, scores some coke, and heads back to Paris where he cuts the drug with powder. He is soon put in touch with a drug dealer, Joel, to whom he sells the cocaine and then hurriedly buys a ticket before his double d
A burned-out, world class sprinter is re-invigorated when he meets a young woman who runs on instinct and orange soda. The girl, Tonka, lives in a giant Coca-Cola sign in the shape of a can and sneaks showers and food from a variety of sources. When she sprints away from a shop from which she has st
Manga tries to tell his parents he is gay and in love with Sory, another 20-year old. His parents do not believe him and his mother attempts witchcraft in order to change his sexual orientation. Lonely, he meets Oumu, a white girl raised by a black mother, and begins a relationship. However, when
A tale about an aging film director named Manoel which alludes to his to his unrequited passion for the spirited young actress Judite and reminisces about his childhood, spent in a Jesuit college.
The story of Zak whose family lives under the "curse of Onan" which states that all the males in the family must impregnate someone before they're 33 or kiss the joys of sex goodby. Enter cousin Joseph, an oversexed rabbi who sets up Zak with a supermodel. When his mother starts complaining, Zak sta
Two more installments by director Jean-Luc Godard as he delivers a treatment on the collapse of cinematic integrity during the second World War and the medium's continued cravenness in the late '40s and early '50s.
Told in flashback, an eventful year in the life of Agate, an employee at a French multinational insurance company with a sinister glass tower as its headquarters.
An illegitimate brood of seven tightly knit siblings adore their young, long-suffering mother, but are used as slave labor by their tyranical father on a farm in southern France.
A tale of a passive, middle-aged painter starting life anew with a much younger woman.
A character study of an intellectual's post-midlife crisis which is hitting him from all sides.
After learning that his wife is having an affair with a sports photographer, a self-proclaimed house-husband turns unpredictable.
Set along a river, a recount of the difficulties faced by one man--as a youth, an adult and an oldster--in his attempts to relate to women.
A biopic of the great 19th-century French poet, Arthur Rimbaud--covering the last decade in his tortured life, as he wandered restlessly over much of the African continent.
Based on Puccini's opera, "Madame Butterfly" tells the tragic story of Butterfly, a 15-year-old geisha who marries Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a U.S. Navy officer on leave in Nagasaki. Pinkerton, intending no more than a fling, is warned by Sharpless, the counsul in the port, that the young girl is
Told through a series of vignettes centered in and around Jerusalem, a look at how Israel's Arab population is dealing with its contantly shifting and waning national identity.
Standing at the altar on her wedding day in Caracas, Ana is overwhelmed by the sudden urge to flee. Stopping only to frantically pack a small suitcase and seize her prized possession--a poster of her idol Maria Callas--Ana boards a plane to Paris to pursue her once deferred dream of becoming an oper
A-Lan is a sensitive young writer who is caught in a raid on Tiananmen Square park--a cruising spot where gay men regularly meet--and is arrested by a police officer and taken into custody. While the police treatment of homosexuals is oppressive, A-Lan finds himself oddly attracted to his captor. H
In Paris, during the tumultuous winter of 1945, an undistinguished provincial lad becomes a virtuous liar, and via omissions, allusions and a great deal of study, reinvents himself as a remarkably respected French Resistance hero. His entry into the corridors of power leads this youth along a suspen
Based on true events in the life of ex-con helmer, Patrick Aurignac, a matter-of-fact account of a French teen's journey from one-time offender to big time loser.
Without including any film clips from African cinema or interviews with helmers from the continent, writer-director Jean-Pierre Bekolo chooses for his survey to express issues of consumption and disregard by an overwhelming number of African moviegoers for its own native cinema. Bekolo's fictionaliz
Georges, the mild-mannered chauffeur of corporate shark Philippe Bruneau-Tessier, is gunned down outside an office building just after learning he's won the lottery. Within hours of his driver's death, Philippe is in turn murdered, smothered by Martigues, a ruthless business associate.
Tracing the destiny of Kapila, an outcast child who had been deemed by his fellow villagers to have supernatural powers of destruction, because of the timing of his solar eclipse birth. As a result, Kapila rides through his alienating adolescence and tumultuous adulthood while constantly having to c
A study about the unbearable heaviness of dating and academia as it effects the many levels of self-imposed unhappiness of a group of intellectuals in contemporary Paris. The story finds its center on the trials and tribulations of Paul, a chain-smoking grad student and teacher with an eternally unfinished dissertation and deliberately complex emotional life.
A study of the shifting relationships between four young people living in a country town north of Lyon.
While soaking in his tub, a 26-year-old Algerian petty thief--who still lives at home with his parents--is granted one wish by a tall officious man with a laptop computer who rises up out of the drain genie-style.
An account of a doomed affair between a 28-year-old man and a woman 10 years his senior.
An oral history about the memories of ill-paid hard work, dashed hopes, pride and camaraderie 28 years after a failed factory strike.
A tale of a two-bit theatrical farce touring the French provinces.
A thriller inspired by Hitchcock's "I Confess," in which two brothers embark on a search for their roots, leading them both back to the Catholic church in Quebec City where Hitchcock shot his 1953 film.
After threee months together, a French woman and her German boyfriend spend a decisive weekend in the country.
A murder investigation which serves as a comment on the reluctance of Romania's new power brokers to expose the rottenness at the core of the post-regime nation.
Disastrous consequences ensue when a nerve doctor creates a machine that can switch minds from one body to another.
Based on a 1752 Carlo Goldoni play first staged by the Comedie-Francaise in December 1992, a drama centering on a widowed servant, Coraline, who leaves the employ of her elderly master, Ottavio, to look after Ottavio's virtuous grown son.
Benoit is a young student about to complete his art history degree when he receives his draft notice. As a result of a ploy to win exemption--slashing a vein--Benoit falls out of his secure existence and becomes a doomed Byronic wanderer, dabbling in drugs, smuggling dope and exalting his senses in
Three schleppy grown brothers find themselves at loose ends when their distinguished father decides to leave Bulgaria for America.
Claire Conte, a twenty-year-old, unenthusiastic student of psychoanalysis falls hopelessly in love with a fellow student, Gregory, after he lends her a rare copy of Kierkegaard's novel "Diary of a Seducer." The book seems to possess an uncanny aphrodisiac power which creates a bizarre web of obsessi
A thwarted knight, Nathan Le Cerf, who has had to abscond from King Louis XIII's court, having been tricked into fighting a duel--an act absolutely forbidden by edict--by the scheming Count d'Anchire, plots revenge from his distant haven in Toulouse.
A slice of life story centered around the antics of a trio of male pals at the tail end of a tourist season in the South of France.
A leisurely portrait of a few resigned characters who have left Paris for a sleepy little provincial town.
Based on one of the most notorious episodes in French naval history. During July 1816 the French frigate Medusa leaves Guadalupe en route to Senegal. On board is a crew sympathetic to the recently defeated Napoleon Bonaparte and a captain who hasn't sailed for twenty years and is close to the restor
A sailor, anchored in Hong Kong for three days, meets a ten- year-old Chinese girl who wants to work on the boat for food and money.
A file clerk in charge of brain deaths for a small insurance company has his dreams of movie stardom rudely interrupted when he's actually asked to audition for a major part.
Madame Petlet is a woman of great good sense and judgment, a model of health and sanity. When she leaves her drunken husband to go to Paris, she gets a job as a TV scripwriter's live-in nanny. The latter, running dry on ideas, begins to find a new and very successful source of sitcom material in the
Just off the coast of a dank, teeming harbor town, a horrible scientist named Krank lives on a mist-shrouded rig. He is aging prematurely because he lacks one vital function: the ability to dream. Krank's henchmen, a community of Cyclops, kidnap children from town and bring them to Krank so that he
A romantic comedy about Desire, a lady-killing butler of the pre-Jazz Age Paris, who has just been hired by Odette, an actress and mistress of Montignac, a prominent politician.
A small-town postmistress inspires a maid to rebel against her employers.
A 40ish bourgeois housewife, Clara, embarks upon her own urban romance when she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her.
The tale of a sweet-natured, literal-minded country boy who stumbles onto success in the big city.
Documaker Denis Gheerbrant spent nine months at Paris' Curie Institute, listening to hopes and fears of children cancer patients as they volleyed between recovery and relapse.
A mosaic of four stories about love and desire tied together by the story of a filmmaker who observes the relationships of young couples. The first episode, "Chronicle of a Love That Never Was," follows a young traveler to Ferrara who falls in love with a woman he meets, but falls asleep in his room
In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, a young man finds work as a cyclo. Faithful to the teachings of his father, himself a cyclo who was killed in an accident a year earlier, the young man transports customers around the sweltering city in an attempt to support himself, his family, and to improve his l
Set in a run-down quarter of Marseilles, the tale of an extended family of struggling friends who band together against adversity--particularly, economic hardship.
Guimba the Tyrant rules the kingdom of Sitikali, an exotic Saharan city of mud palaces and winding streets. He executes or banishes every opponent and indulges his son Janguine, a mean-spirited dwarf whom he is instructing in the politics of power. Janguine, however, is far more interested in beddin
After a bitter family crisis, Ismael, the French-born son of North-African immigrants heads south from Paris with his 14 year-old brother, Mouloud, to Marseilles' Panier District, a warren of shadowed streets and secrets. Warmly welcomed by his stressed-out uncle, feisty aunt, and their large family
A psychological riff on Wagner's opera set on a Greek island populated by mah-jongg playing Asians.
One morning Valerie reveals to her boyfriend, Remi, that she is pregnant. Neither Valerie nor Remi knows what this dramatic change within her is to mean for them as a couple. Over the course of the day, which is Valerie's first day working in Room Service at a Four Star Hotel, she meditates on the p
After being caught beating and robbing a man in Paris, Denis, an antisocial juvenile delinquent, learns to behave after forced exposure to societal outcasts.
A portrait of Henri Langlois, the passionate and unruly founder of the Cinematheque Francaise, for whom cinema was the ultimate nationality.
An examination of the raw emotional state of a young Czech, set in both 1984 and post-Velvet Revolution 1994.
Documentary about pioneering film director Alice Guy Blache and her more than 700 movies.
Meant to capture the absurdity of white colonial attitudes toward Africa, the story of the last 25 years in the life of Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who, until the time of his death in 1965, spent his time in the village of Lambarene performing "humanitarian" works.
A farce which follows a young Parisian architect couple on the day which they've been awaiting the results of a prestigious contest they've entered. As the day unfolds, it becomes obvious that fidelity is not a strong point of their marriage.
Wonderful restaurant, haven of cameraderie, small Parisian paradise, "Au Petit Marguery" is closing because its chef has lost his sense of smell. For Hippoloyte's son Barnabe, who grew up in the restaurant, its closing means the end of a childhood full of magical odors and tastes, where the passion
Set in the small farming community of Bezvodnoye, a comedy about the effects of democracy on the Russian peasantry.
This comedy, along with its companion feature "Smoking" (France/1993), deals with the relationship between chance and human determination. Two actors portray various characters in a series of vignettes, each with dual outcomes. After recounting the first story in a straightforward manner, the film s
This comedy, along with its companion feature "No Smoking" (France/1993), deals with the relationship between chance and human determination. Two actors portray various characters in a series of vignettes, each with dual outcomes. After recounting the first story in a straightforward manner, the fil
The welfare of a Cambodian family--including seven daughters--which depends on its twice yearly rice harvests for survival is threatened when the father dies unexpectedly.
Guyot, a hologram engineer with a shady past, must prove that French authorities are responsible for the murder of his best friend. As the supposedly sole eyewitness, it is Guyot's word against the French powers-that-be, until he learns of another eyewitness, an illegal immigrant from Mali who's bee
A portrait of World War II small-town life is the cumulative result of a detailed and lovingly recreated narration told by a dapper gent who has happened upon a girl's illustrated diary which he reads from cover to cover.
A tale concerning one man's haunted reminiscence of an intense romance he had during the summer of 1958.
The story of a nerdy playwright whose love life is riddled with interesting women. Furthermore, he is unable to decide which, if any, of these women should be his life-time partner.
A bittersweet 25-year-long friendship between two Jewish girls in Paris as affected by their common love interest in a gallery owner.
Set circa 1928, a leisurely road movie based on the true story of Lisa Alling, a poverty-stricken, Russian-born chambermaid who walked from New York City to Siberia due to a terminal case of homesickness.
A retelling of the hectic and violent closing weeks of the Algerian war in 1962 through the eyes of a freshly arrived French Army journalist.
A hunky young profiteer gets more than he bargained for when he begins to spy on a middle-aged blind man.
Cohn, a tubby ex-Parisian and chronic liar, has robbed, swindled or just plain annoyed most of the population of Tahiti and yet, quite literally, cannot get arrested. American scholar Jack Baker arrives to write the umpteenth book on the painter Paul Gauguin and is drawn in by the rumor that con man
A Portuguese nurse hopes to escape the bleakness of her own life by accompanying an injured immigrant worker back to the Cape Verde islands. Gradually, however, her encounters with the locals begin to have an oppressive effect on her.
Thirty short films based on ideas culled from over 3,000 proposals submitted by French students under the age of 20, and directed by a cross-section of volunteer helmers and celebrities to translate the reality of AIDS.
After a Romanian Captain's beautiful wife rejects the advances of her husband's commanding officer, he's promptly reassigned to a frontier post on the Danube. Later, when Romanian soldiers are ambushed and slaughtered by roving Macedonian bandits, her husband is ordered to retaliate by executing the
A doomed waif bearing witness to her family's slow dissolution and her own destruction.
Martine, a telephone salesperson, put over the edge by the end of an affair, finds herself in a psychiatric hospital where she begins putting her life and those of other patients, not all of whom agree, into some sort of order.
Theater Snap is a professional performance group comprised of some 15 players all of whom belong to an in-house initiative for mentally-handicapped people. The piece's focus is their performance of "Tango" a play discussing unfulfilled dreams and fallen wishes: to become a singer, to marry, to have
Teenage Marie, whose previous boyfriend committed suicide, unsuccessfully combs her small Belgian town to let her current boyfriend know she's pregnant and that her mother is making her get an abortion. When the callous boyfriend provides neither relief, nor comfort for Marie, she is forced to make
In the ancient tradition of tales told by the wandering bards, a story about a rare breed of men who still rove the magnificent landscapes of steppe and forest in outer Mongolia. Molom is such a bard--a nomad, a traveller through time, and a mediator between the men and gods. Reincarnated as a pilgr
A screwed-up 20-year-old woman who can't manage to get her act together stumbles across a wad of money in a bag and can't decide what to do with it.
A semi-autobiographical tale which illustrates the ironies and idiocies of war involving a retarded recruit and a protective officer during the Algerian War in 1961.
After 25 years, two friends are reunited, and one of them, Max, searches for the child she gave up for adoption.
A handsome 15-year-old looks to his worldly, adventurous, older sister for guidance but finally takes charge of his own life as he comes to terms with his homosexuality.
A rendering of the increasingly insidious aftermath of a friendly divorce.
Annie, a middle-aged malcontent long ago deserted by her boyfriend, convinces her sedative-popping sister, Francoise, to take to the road in a battered old van.
Inventive, operatic presentation of the story of the German magician and astrologer held to have sold his soul to the devil.
A bankrupt son decides to off his ailing father for the insurance money. At the last moment, he can't go through with it, and after the father disappears from a hospital, joins with his estranged brothers--one a successful lawyer, the other a professor--in tracking the old man down. Roving the stree
Documentary profile of four showbusiness hopefuls in economically depressed Sheffield, England.
Based on a famous banned Russian novel written by Vladimir Voinovic in 1969, a satire about the predicament caused by a Red Army soldier assigned to guard an enemy plane just prior to Russia's entrance into World War II.
Paris, 1965. A young Italian immigrant, orphaned by the death of his parents, is taken in by a tailor from the Jewish quarter.
A harrowing portrait of the day-to-day existence of two violent, abandoned siblings who've scarcely reached the age of puberty.
A female Parisian journalist who's been involved with a daring political reporter for the past ten years discovers she's both pregnant and HIV positive.
Two middle-aged men who are living out entanglements of their own making--one can't be with the woman he loves, the other, loves a woman who wants nothing to do with him.
A floundering young man strikes up an indifferent carnal relationship with a prostitute.
Russian refugees are protected from Stalin by a neutral Liechtenstein.
Following his suicide, Vincent Van Gogh's relatives gather to mourn.
An evocative exploration of a Vietnamese servant girl's private world, set in Saigon, circa 1951, a few years before the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, and 1961, when tensions between the Vietcong and South Vietnam's Diem government were rapidly escalating.
Set in late 1950s Paris, a working-class housewife and Communist enthusiast is befriended by members of Russia's Red Army Choir, much to the chagrin of her apolitical husband.
An officious man begins to unravel upon being stranded in an airport waiting room after his belongings, including his passport, are stolen.
A young man is charmed by his driving teacher and her father. They spend an afternoon together--including an interlude at the young woman's flamenco dance lesson--and decide to take a trip to London in the training car.
A look at China's disaffected post-Cultural Revolution generation.
Two African children, brother and sister, are enslaved and sold to a desert prince who holds them captive in his walled palace. The boy uses his special rapport with the animal kingdom to engineer their escape.
An illuminating documentary profile of the globe's sixth continent -- the world of the deaf.
Two men compete for the same woman who can't decide between them.
A musician is abused by fundamentalist Algerian society and the government for his liberalism.
Based on a true story, six years after the disappearance of a young boy, another boy appears, claiming to be the same child.
An adult reminisces about his childhood and family in Paris in the early 1960s.
The murder of his father leads a man to attempt a stronger bond with his own son.
A man sets an elaborate stage in which to seduce the woman he's obsessed with.
An immigrant family suffers a series of misfortunes.
A talented clockmaker becomes a pawn embroiled in a battle over an estate by a group of aristocrats.
The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.
Three generations gather for a rare family reunion at grandmother's house.
A young ne'er-do-well entertains himself by interfering in his friends' lives.
A Russian nationalist group acts out its xenophobia on those individuals--Jews, homosexuals and dropouts, among them--who do not meet the perceived status quo. Conflict arises when a head member discovers that his long-absent father is a bohemian Jewish musician.
The turbulent life and loves of a young, HIV-positive video technician.
An iconoclastic couple fights ruthlessly to survive in violence-torn Romania.
A disturbed young woman's life is turned around by a young man who falls in love with her.
Story of a 25-year-old free spirit who decides she must live a more socially acceptable life, but then manages to seduce her homosexual friend and confidant.
In search of his father, who he hasn't seen for years, a 15-year-old boy travels by bicycle throughout South America, learning about different cultures and people, and in turn discovers himself.
In a surrealistic setting, a small town in America deals with issues of the American psyche.
A third-world vampire sinks his teeth into the good folk of Paris and Clichy in hopes of being killed and repatriated.
A reclusive musician and his one student clash over the value of performance.
In the midst of revolutionary 1971 Guinea, two boys from different cultures become friends.
An impulsive young wife and mother, married to the prosperous, middle-aged owner of an aluminum manufacturing company, quickly descends into madness upon the arrival of her exceedingly strange twin brother.
An Armenian playwright finds success in his profession at the expense of his ethnic and familial ties.
In this second installment of director Kanevski's autobiographical trilogy, a young man leaves the small town he grew up in and tries unsuccessfully to make a life for himself.
Three young female prisoners become friends while stranded in a provincial train station.
An inside look at the workings of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The inmates of an insane asylum question Western values.
Set in an Algerian village in the '50s, a French doctor is passionately committed to its inhabitants.
The wartime childhood of French director Jacques Demy, who was filmmaker Agnes Varda's husband.
Draped in ornate jewelry, grand hats and elegant clothes, the mysterious Lady M. walks the beaches of Guadeloupe looking for blackmail victims and swindler targets. She and her aging companion, Pompilius, are high class grifters who have spent their years working the world's most elite circles. Whil
Story about an Armenian family who arrive in France in 1921 and endure the pain and privations of exile in a foreign land.
A young man leaves his rural hometown for Paris, where he aspires to be an actor. After various escapades he winds up a prostitute.
A naive teenager becomes involved with a neighbor after babysitting her child.
A young woman, burdened with the care of her family since her mother's departure ten years earlier, decides to strike out on her own.
Three characters are caught in the play of social forces in a wealthy, superficially westernized desert city that is still dominated by its traditional past. One is a beautiful, frustrated woman who worships money and becomes involved with another woman who's in charge of installing a new library at
Set in the 1930s, the troubled love affair between the son of a Polish immigrant living in a small French mining town, and a beautiful young French woman.
A woman with leprosy must aid her sister's child.
After a teenage boy, born in Algeria but raised in France, is stripped of his resident-alien status and deported to Algeria, a land he scarely remembers and whose language he doesn't speak, he struggles to find his way back to France.
A lonely, vulnerable woman falls for a seductive set designer at a city theater and her jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship.
A glimpse at the infancy and childhood years of beloved French novelist Marcel Pagnol.
Set in 1948, a fourteen-year-old adolescent, afraid of dying in Indochina when he graduates from school, comes of age over the course of a school year.
A young woman in Paris juggles two lovers.
A middle-aged painter, encouraged by his young protege, completes a long-abandoned portrait.
Romance blossoms when a lonely young stranger enters the lives of a male who prefers boys and a female who shies away from love.
Based on actual events, story focuses on a group of six young survivors, half city kids and half country, of Nazi-occupied Poland.
A rebellious boy resorts to crime in order to finance his search for his sister.
A young man, coming across part of an ancient manuscript, believes that if he can find the rest of it, love's secrets will be revealed.
A young girl's privileged world is torn apart by her mother's adulterous affair with another man.
An opera singer, imprisoned in 1966 during China's Cultural Revolution, is released three years later only to find his career in ruins.
A young boy comes of age during the French Occupation.
A woman, recently released from jail, attempts to create a new life for herself and her children.
Two kids with no immunity systems live in a plastic bubble.
A 12-year-old Italian girl, living in France with her family, witnesses the murder of her grandfather by Mafia assassins and, because of ties within the Italian community, hesitates to finger the culprits to the authorities.
A family in the process of breaking up goes on holiday in a small French town in late 1950s.
Set in 1956 in colonial Africa, the wife of a young veteran who lost both his hands during World War II finally bears him a child, but it has six fingers on one hand.
Four estranged sons gather at their aged father's country home after he unexpectedly suffers a heart attack.
A director's estrangement from his favorite actor forces him to reassess his life and career.
A divorced, self-centered actress, burdened with an irate ex-husband and a floundering career, embarks on a road trip to Spain with her two children.
As a truck transports troops into the African bush during the last Portuguese Colonial War a sub-lieutenant recounts the history of Portugal to his fellow soldiers.
A young man has trouble coping with the fast pace of modern life.
A poet-soldier allows his oversized nose to stand in the way of love.
Over a three day period and based on a dare from her boyfriend, a stunningly beautiful, 17-year-old, Beth, has different encounters with several different men of different age groups - a nerdy adolescent, a mysterious writer and knife enthusiast, and a retired, wealthy doctor who supports Beth's inv
A young boy befriends an old woman who has been rejected by their village.
A biography of Camille Claudel, the mistress of sculptor Auguste Rodin.
When a ten-year-old girl has visions of past life experiences, her parents deny the insights fearing she will be thought crazy.
A brief period in the life of a man who believes movement brings us only closer to death.
A family celebration is disrupted when a poor but passionate man confronts the beautiful woman he desires, who's with another man.
An American cartoonist goes to Paris and and visits with his daughter who is there studying the writings of Flaubert with a great admirer of her father's work.
A European engineer working in India during th 1930's challenges Indian custom by maintaining a romantic relationship with the daughter of his employer.
A young boy is banished to a "reeducation center" during China's Cultural Revolution.
A young independent film producer attempts to get financing for his project against enormous odds.
Drama involving a troupe of young actresses who get caught up in the danger surrounding one of their friends.
A psychiatrist with a radio call-in show is harassed by a lunatic.
A woman gets pregnant by a man who doesn't want the baby.
The rhinoceroses that have come to raid King Babar and his girlfriend Celeste's village. Together they must take on the animals to save their home.
Romantic drama about a lonely man living in the Australian outback who returns to his native Belgium to help save the family business.
A philosophical bull terrier reflects on the various humans into whose lives he enters.
Biographical history of director Rene Feret's own family.
A teenage daughter inherits a large sum of money and forces her family to live according to her traditional standards.
A young actor returns to Montreal and achieves notoriety when he stars in a modernized version of the Passion play. However, problems arise as he attempts to deal with the press and the world of public relations.
Examination of a bullfighter's coming-of-age.
Explores the relationship between Jean-Honore Frangonard, the painter, and his cousin Honore Fragonard, an anatomist.
The story of how Polish Jews maintained their cultural identity while trying to adapt to the New World is told through an assortment of monologues, sketches, anecdotes, and clippings from the Yiddish press of the 1920s told directly to the camera by young Jewish performers.
Two brothers are reunited after the elder is released from jail for a crime they both committed years ago.
The adventures of a troupe of black actors performing in Africa.
After the suicide of his actress-mother, a young man announces his identity to his father, who happens to be the man who directed his mother's last film.
A young Communist idealogue gradually recovers from amnesia, and an identity crisis, during a water polo match.
An art historian restores a painting and unleashes the past into the present.
A young man tries to avoid the draft after learning that his fiancee is pregnant.
Drama about the birth of the French sport "La Soule", the precursor of modern rugby.
A rich family and a poor family discover that their two respective children were switched at birth.
A handsome gym instructor falls head-over-heels for an indifferent fashion designer.
A young man makes his fortune as a game organizer and gives the proceeds to a samba school and an orphanage.
The life of Chinese classical pianist Chow Ching Lie prior to, and after, the Communist Revolution of 1949.
Three generations of women, ages 20, 40, and 60, face the problems of their respective generation.
From memories of the director, Yousry Nasrallah, the life of a young boy growing up in Egypt in the 1960s.
A girl leaves home to find her runaway brother, and finds several people who change her life.
Set in the 14th century, a Spanish expedition sets sail for El Dorado, the legendary land of gold.
While trying to protect her younger brother from tragic news, a girl investigates the cause of their parents death.
A friendship develops between a bullfighter and a quiet intellectual.
Documentary profile of a South American family caught up in the restrictive racial classifications of the apartheid system.
A tribute to filmmaker Joris Ivens via an imaginative filmmaking odyssey through China.
When, after five years in an Argentine prison, a man is released by the new democratic government he must come to terms with the changes that have taken place within both himself and his country.
A look into the ballet world, as seen through the eyes of instructors and students.
Two young boys form a friendship that cannot overcome the strains that society places on it.
A young man living with two women suddenly decides to settle down and marry one, only to discover nothing exists in the relationship beyond friendship.
Documentary about transsexual Jean-Pierre Voides, a high school teacher and former member of the French resistance.
A depiction of the relationships between the races set in Cameroon prior to its independence as seen through the eyes of a young white girl and her black servant.
Historical drama depicting the 1946 revolt of Madagascar from French domination.
Corentin's mother-in-law accuses him of impotence in order to take his fortune and be rid of him.
In medieval France, where witchcraft is widely accepted, a friar named Etienne is sent from town to town to root out those who still practice pagan rituals in defiance of church law. In a small village, Etienne meets Elda, who cures the locals with herbs and mixes pagan and Christian traditions. At
The patriarch of a Palestinian village obtains an authorization to hold a traditional wedding for his son on condition that an Israeli army unit attend the festivities as guests of honor.
Three members of an aspiring rock band commit a murder when they're caught in the act of breaking into an instrument store. They make a pact of secrecy, but it's easier said than done, as their guilt triggers emotional realignments and betrayals, exposes the faultlines in the group's unity, and soon precipitates its disintegration.
Alex is a small-time Paris hustler who is lured into a complicated heist engineered by Marc and Hans. In need of thousands to pay off a sinister American woman, they plan to steal a virus culture from a big chemical company. The virus works against a fast-spreading and often fatal disease, STB, whic
An actress tries to break off the relationship with her Arab lover.
A left-wing party leader, on his way up, is equally entraced with power games and love games.
A weaver and a farmer, wanting to control their own lives, settle near a desert and soon share their home with a lovely young girl.
Historical drama about a conspiracy that attempts to rid the Republic of Venice from the underworld that controls it.
A young Greek man goes to France to work with his older relative in order to learn the fur business. But, when a photograph of a beautiful girl from back home arrives, it sets off a tale of obsession, deceit, and betrayal amongst the two men.
A writer of protest songs is expelled from East Germany to West Germany.
Sarraounia, Warrior Queen of the Aznas, leads her forces to a brief victory against the French colonists at the turn of the century.
The story of two youths--one Algerian, one French--who become juvenile delinquents in a Paris suburb.
A lonely, disillusioned beekeeper visits various places and people from his past, during which he encounters a young hitchhiker.
Partygoers on a remote island learn that World War III has broken out and they are only hours from destruction.
The emotional story of poet Sylvia Plath's gifted career, and tragic life.
Film tells the story of how two babies were accidentally switched in a maternity home and how one of the mothers fought for 20 years to get her daughter back.
A struggling would-be novelist meets a fiery, vivacious ex-waitress and they embark on a passionate, but stormy relationship.
Historical drama about a prostitute who suffers from leprosy and the doctor who tries to save her.
Isabelle is a movie star in German cinema, and after she wraps a successful film in Berlin, she leaves to spend some time with her little daughter Emilie and her parents in Normandy, France. Isabelle's mother Paula was born in Germany and married her French husband after a romance that began in the
The experiences of an Egyptian family during the occupation of Alexandria by Napoleon and his army.
Documentary about the survivers of the Shoah (annihilation) of the Jews during World War II.
The story of a German Jew and her French female lover during the German occupation of France.
After an architect, pronounced dead, miraculously returns to life, his continues his life with greater intensity.
Judge Francois Marcorelle finds himself drawn into a series of surprising events. Neglecting to join his wife and children on vacation, Marcorelle meets waitress Agneska and goes home with her. After a violent altercation with her father, Marcorelle hits the man over the head with a bottle, killing
In central Asia, a young woman working in an embassy becomes embroiled in an espionage conspiracy.
Misc. Crew (feature film)
Six-year-old Inti has been living with his grandmother when his mother Alba returns to drag him away on a crazy trip to a legendary valley in Patagonia. In the heart of a small town, renegades from the four corners of the world live at the late Dr. Schulz's place, among his old instruments, his inse
Ordo is a French Marine whose early life was full of broken relationships, including a brief marriage with an underage nymphet named Estelle that was busted up when her mom hauled her back home. Sixteen years later, his shipmates spot his old wedding photo in a celeb magazine article on hot star-of-
A look at past and present apparel through the eyes of the women who wore it and designers who made it, including Poiret, Vionnet, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
Documentary that chronicles the social behavior, hunting instincts, survival skills and mating habits of the European rabbit, fox and lynx.
Production Companies (special)
Profile of the life and career of dancer/actress Cyd Charisse.
Profile of Hollywood choreography Hermes Pan.
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