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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 (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
  • Occidental

    One uneasy night, while protesters march on the streets of Paris, Giorgio arrives at the tawdry Hotel Occidental. Pretending to be Italian, he proceeds to book the honeymoon suite and checks in with his partner, Antonio. Suspicious of their behavior and convinced they are up to no good, the hotel...

  • Strange Birds

    Mavie (Lolita Chammah) is a wide-eyed 27-year-old girl who is clumsy, beautiful, and full of doubts. Dreaming of a future as a writer, she moves to Paris and meets Georges (Jean Sorel), an aging bookshop owner who no longer expects much from life. Their unlikely connection forges a unique relatio...

  • The Holy Family

    Jean (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), a renowned academic, is appointed Minister of the Family at the very moment when his own family is coming apart.

    With its phenomenal cast, THE HOLY FAMILY casts a tender, ironic, sometimes melancholy glance at contemporary Balzacian characters, torn between their...

  • Amin

    Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) came from Senegal nine years ago to work in France, leaving behind his wife, Aïsha (Mareme N'Diaye), and their three children. His work is his life, his friends the men who live with him in the social home. Aïsha sees her husband only once or twice a year, for a week or t...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • If You Don't, I Will

    Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. But there's a lingering optimism, a hope they can return to the couple they used to be, attending chic art openings and sharing a laugh like young lovers. On a hike togeth...

  • The Nun

    Born to a bourgeois family in 1760s France, Suzanne is a beautiful young girl with a natural talent for music. Inexplicably, her parents abruptly decide to send young Suzanne off to a convent, where she resists structure at every turn until she discovers that she is an illegitimate child. Left wi...

  • Her Name is Sabine

    An intelligent, moving and beautiful portrait of Sabine, a 38-year-old autistic woman, filmed by her sister, the famous 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 improper diagno...

  • Never Ever

    Benoît Jacquot returns with a dreamlike story of an unraveling romance in NEVER EVER, based on the book “The Body Artist” by Don DeLillo. While attending a museum retrospective of his work, filmmaker Rey (Mathieu Amalric) wanders into an adjoining gallery and becomes entranced by Laura (Julia Roy...

  • Nights with Theodore

    A romantic connection blossoms between two young Parisians during a succession of dreamlike nocturnal visits to a singular, beguiling park. Anna meets Theodore at a party, and together they impulsively climb the fence and enter a nearby city park, an unusual and striking hillside public garden in...

  • You Will Be Mine

    Marie Dandin (Judith Davis), a promising young concert pianist, leaves home to study at the prestigious Lyons National Conservatory. Shy and innocent, she moves in with her childhood friend Emma (Isild Le Besco) who has lived alone since the death of her father years earlier. The intimate bond th...