French Cinema

French Cinema

France is justifiably proud of its film heritage, and as a nation is tremendously supportive of both the production and distribution of films both in France and by French producers within other countries. An example is the online event My French Film Festival.

Film Movement has been acquiring films from French directors, many of them women, for many years. Here is a selection of films from France, from classics (Full Moon in Paris by Eric Rohmer, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) to recent discoveries (The Sower, directed by Marine Francen); from Oscar-winning directors such as Diane Kurys (For A Woman) to actresses who have transitioned to directing (Maiwenn, Melanie Laurent). Vive la France!

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French Cinema
  • For a Woman

    Directed by Diane Kurys (PEPPERMINT SODA, Academy Award nominee ENTRE NOUS), FOR A WOMAN tells the story of 30-something writer Anne, who delves into her parents' life stories after the death of her mother. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, before moving to Fran...

  • Breathe

    Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) directs this taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, based on the best-selling young adult novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme. Seventeen-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is frustrated by her ...

  • The Bare Necessity

    Pierre Perdrix has been enjoying an enchanted though restless existence since the enigmatic Juliette Webb burst into his life. A stranger who landed in his family’s unique world like a meteorite, and who by her presence alone will force this tight-knit microcosm to redefine their boundaries and f...

  • Full Moon in Paris

    One of Eric Rohmer’s most renowned films, FULL MOON IN PARIS was originally released in 1984 to universal acclaim. Heralded as "a small masterpiece" and "the very best of Rohmer" by The New York Times, it is the story of Louise (Pascale Ogier), a young interior designer bored with her life in the...

  • 2 Autumns, 3 Winters

    Arman is 33 and ready to make a change, starting with a run in the park. When he literally bumps into Amélie - slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely - on the jogging path, he's dead-set on making a connection with her. As a bit of contrived fate brings them together, Arman's best friend Benjam...

  • Savage

    Summertime. Somewhere in the South of France, teenagers are disappearing. The craziest rumors are spreading out, some people even talk about a wandering wild beast. Tempers flare as the police is left scrambling. Laura (Lily-Rose Depp), a young teenager, is trying to solve the mystery. One of her...

  • Farinelli

    In the 18th century during Handel's time, no man was more famous or more celebrated than the castrato, Farinelli. The incredible, true story of the world famous opera singer - who was castrated during childhood in order to preserve his voice - comes to life in this Oscar-nominated drama of high n...

  • To the Ends of the World

    Indochina, 1945. Robert Tassen, a young French soldier is the only survivor of a massacre where his brother perished before his eyes. Blinded by vengeance, Robert engages in a solitary and secret quest to find the assassins. But his meeting with Maï, a young Indochinese woman, will change his bel...

  • Escape from Raqqa

    Unbeknownst to her husband Sylvain, Faustine leaves Paris with her 5-year-old son to join ISIS in Syria. But she realizes soon after reaching Raqqa the hell she has put herself into. Sylvain quickly understands that the French services are powerless to help, and plans, with a few friends of his, ...

  • School's Out

    A high school teacher throws himself from the classroom window before the terrified eyes of his students. Despite the tragedy, six of them remain oddly cool and unemotional. Pierre, the new substitute teacher, notices the hostile behaviour of this close-knit clique. Smart and precocious, the six ...

  • Free Men

    In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, in...

  • Meteorites

    Nina, a 16-year-old girl, dreams of adventure. Meanwhile, she spends the summer between her village in the south of France and the theme park where she works. Just before meeting Morad, a teenage from an Algerian family living in the nearby projects, Nina sees a meteorite falling in the sky that ...

  • The Three-Way Wedding

    Renowned playwright Auguste (Pascal Greggory) is struggling to complete his latest play. Looking for inspiration, he invites the cast to join him at his country estate. Harriet (Julie Depardieu), his leading lady, is also his ex-wife, and her leading man, Théo (Louis Garrel), is her new lover. Se...

  • Holy Tour

    A film about the fans who come to cheer the Tour de France race,
    A film about modern-day pilgrims,
    A film about the hairpin bends of the legendary Izoard pass,
    A film about RVs that stake their spots two weeks ahead of time,
    A film about the passing of time perched between the road and the c...

  • The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe

    A frothy French farce, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is a classic madcap comedy about espionage, surveillance and mistaken identity. When Francois (Pierre Richard), an unsuspecting violinist, is misidentified as a superspy by national intelligence, outrageous antics ensue. As everyone (i...

  • Crack 6T

    Arco, Malik and Mustapha's lives revolve around fighting, rap, getting into trouble and being arrested. Their older brothers Djeff, J.M., Pete and Hamouda get by the best they can, considering they're unemployed. But everything changes one night at a hip-hop party when a shooting between rival ga...

  • Three Worlds

    Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most of his life. One night, while coming back drunk from his bachelor party, Al commits a hit-and-run when ...

  • The Sower

    In 1851, France’s autocratic President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. The women who have been left in isolation take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover. But when a mysterious...

  • The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

    In this riotous comedy of mistaken identity, a blustering factory owner (Louis de Funès) is taken hostage by an Arab rebel leader and must disguise himself as a rabbi to elude assassins and the police.

    This film is presented as originally created. It is a product of its time and contains cultura...

  • Marie's Story

    At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to...

  • The Grocer's Son

    One summer 30-year-old Antoine is forced to leave Paris to return to his family in Provençe. His father, a traveling grocer, has fallen sick, so Antoine must assume the lifestyle he thought he left behind—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remain...

  • Marquise

    Sophie Marceau stars as Marquise, the beautiful street dancer who found fame and notoriety among the seventeenth century aristocratic elite under the stage name Mademoiselle Du Parc. Raising herself out of poverty, Marquise joins Molière’s theater company after capturing the heart of his lead act...

  • My King

    From director & actress Maïwenn (THE FIFTH ELEMENT) comes a gut-wrench tale of falling out of love. Admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) becomes dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers while looking back on a turbulent relationship s...

  • Neither Heaven Nor Earth

    A genre-defying debut, NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARHT is a’ “gripping mash-up of LONE SURVIVOR, THE THING, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT” (The Hollywood Reporter). French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan....