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Courted

Known as the “two-figure” judge and feared President of the Assize Court, Michel Racine rules his courtroom with an iron fist. Racine is as hard on himself as he is on others and his minimal sentences always seem to exceed ten years. With few colleagues or outside acquaintances to call friends, Racine’s life in and […]

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)

This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the planet of Ygam. While the Draags have long kept Oms as illiterate pets, this hierarchy shifts after an Om boy becomes educated, thanks to a young female Draag. This leads to an Om […]

Hiroshima Mon Amour

The deep conversation between a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) and a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) forms the basis of this celebrated French film, considered one of the vanguard productions of the French New Wave. Set in Hiroshima after the end of World War II, the couple — lovers turned friends — recount, over many hours, […]

Au hasard balthazar

This thoughtful and unique French film reveals the surprisingly deep connection between Marie (Anne Wiazemsky), a sensitive farm girl, and her cherished donkey, Balthazar. Though Marie and Balthazar are eventually separated when she gets older, the tale follows both the young woman and the donkey as they contend with the hardships of the world. Although […]

Mouchette

 Following Au Hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson’s Mouchette is the heartbreaking story of an alienated teenage girl whose life is mired in desolation and brutality. A metaphor for wider social conflict and alienation, Bresson said of the film: “Mouchette offers evidence of misery and cruelty. She is found everywhere: wars, concentration camps, tortures, assassinations.” Neglected by […]

Love

LOVE occurs beyond GOOD and EVIL. LOVE is a genetic need. LOVE is an altered state of consciousness. LOVE is a hard drug. LOVE is a mental disease. Love is a game of power. LOVE is to surpass one’s self. LOVE is a blinding light. Love is sperm, fluids and tears. LOVE is an arousing […]

LE CERCLE ROUGE

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

BREATHLESS, A BOUT DE SOUFFLE

Michel Poiccard, an ex-airline steward turned hoodlum, steals a car and heads to Paris. Discovering a gun in the car’s glove compartment, he uses it to shoot and kill a cop who tries to wave him down. He wants to escape to Italy with his American girlfriend Patricia, but the police are after him, and […]

PIERROT LE FOU

Based on Lionel White’s novel Obsession, Pierrot Le Fou is the story of a bored husband who runs away from Paris to the South of France with an unpredictable but beguiling young babysitter (Anna Karina) after a corpse is found in her flat. After an idyllic time at the seaside they hit the road once […]

Amelie

Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) lives in Paris, and in a world of her own. Introverted, but with a very extroverted imagination, Amelie is obsessed with the small pleasures of life and believes she can twist the fate of others by affecting the slightest changes in their environment. So she sets out to give the lonely […]

Alphaville

In Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard fuses a hardboiled detective story with science fiction. Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine), a hero Godard borrowed from a series of French adventure films, comes to Alphaville, the capital of a totalitarian state, in order to destroy its leader, an almost-human computer called Alpha 60. While on his mission, Lemmy meets and […]

The White Planet

The Arctic is a world apart, ruled by the cold and shaped by ice and wind. A world of frozen seas, the pack ice, immense plains, tundra, glittering mountains and glaciers, all inhabited by magnificent animals that have managed to adapt to conditions at the very limits of survival. From the beginning of winter to […]

Young & Beautiful

Nuanced, elegant and thought-provoking, the latest film from renowned French director François Ozon is a coming-of-age portrait set over four seasons and four songs. YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL chronicles seventeen-year-old Isabelle’s sexual journey from the awakening of her desires to her first time, from her exploration of love to her search for her identity.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Acclaimed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest film, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a young woman whose longings, ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris, Sister) […]