French Language Drama Movies
When Driss, an ex-con from the projects, is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe, his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women and paragliding over the Alps is just the beginning, as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down. As this unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other. Based on the #1 international best-selling book, "You Changed My Life."
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay... come what may. This film is loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996. © 2010 Armada Films, Why Not Productions and France 3 Cinema. All Rights Reserved.
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
Samba reunites The Intouchables' acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris. When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism.
Based on Harlan Coben's international best selling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife Margot Beck eight years earlier. When two bodies are found near the scene of the crime, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to "Tell No One."
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Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. As suburban prejudices close around them, family loves and loyalties are tested in the ever-escalating dramatic turns of Alain Berliner's critically acclaimed first feature. Winner of the Golden Globe(r) for Best Foreign Language Film and a favorite at festivalsaround the world, this unique film experience delivers magic of the rarest sort through a story of difference, rejection, and childlike faith in miracles. © 1997 Haut Et Court, Sarl, WFE, Freeway Films Limited, La Sept Cinema, SA, TF1 Films Production and RTBF. All Rights Reserved. | English Language Subtitles: © 1997 Sony Pictures Classics Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level.
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.
Diane, a Parisian book editor, enters a feverish affair with the handsome roommate of the writer she manages. Married with two children, her husband grows increasingly suspicious of his wife's infidelity. What does the end of an affair spell for this woman?
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology—maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece Le Samouraï defines cool.
A riveting new drama by the prolific French filmmaker Catherine Corsini, LEAVING (PARTIR) stars Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman prepared to abandon everything in pursuit of passion. A success with critics and audiences alike at the Toronto and Seattle film festivals,this elegantly told tale of intrigue is not to be missed. Kristin Scott Thomas is Suzanne, the bourgeois wife of a successful doctor, Samuel (Yvan Attal), living together with their children in the south of France. Weighted down by a thrill-less lifestyle and a stale marriage, Suzanne falls for the handsome young Ivan (Sergi López), an immigrant ex-con working on their property. Their affair is passionate, but Suzanne is wracked by guilt. When she confesses to her husband, his retaliation begins an ugly turn of events.
After the death of her best friend, Claire falls into a deep depression, but a surprising discovery about her friend's husband gives her a new taste for life.
BEING 17 is a moving exploration of adolescent sexual awakening from renowned French director André Téchiné (“Wild Reeds”) with a script he co-wrote with director Céline Sciamma (“Girlhood”). Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne (played by Sandrine Kiberlain) to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.
Lifelong mobster Charly Matteï (Jean Reno, The Da Vinci Code, Léon - The Professional) has turned a new leaf and left his past as an outlaw behind him. With his former business firmly under his oldest friend's control, Charly has spent the past three years living a quiet, comfortable life, devoting himself to his wife and two young children. However, one winter morning he's left for dead in the underground parking garage of Marseille's Old Port with 22 bullets in his body. Against all odds, he will not die. After his miraculous recovery, he embarks on a hunt for vengeance that takes him back into the seedy criminal underworld he thought he'd left behind forever.
Produced and co-written by Academy Award®-Winner Thomas Langmann (THE ARTIST) and featuring the beautiful Laetitia Casta (ARBITRAGE), WAR OF THE BUTTONS follows Lebrac, a pre-teen rebel in WWII-occupied France. Lebrac enjoys leading "wars" between rival gangs of kids, but once he falls for a young Jewish girl in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, he must put aside the petty conflicts to unite the gangs and protect his love. In doing so, Lebrac and the other children confront the very real war happening around them.
Best-selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows Gainsbourg from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris to his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships with beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty, surrealistic style GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE also boasts a soundtrack that plays like a time capsule of '60's Paris.
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 she experienced with megalomaniac Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Who is this man that she loved so deeply, and how did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, the physical work of healing may finally set her free.
George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires.
An American journalist in Paris, Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas of I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG, TELL NO ONE) begins research for an article about the French Vel'd'Hiv Roundup in 1942. As she digs through history, Julia's life becomes intertwined with the story of young Sarah, who was arrested with her parents by the French police during the Roundup. Sixty years later, Sarah's secrets are still shrouded in a mystery that turns Julia's life upside-down, as she struggles to uncover the past, while living in the present. Featuring Aidan Quinn (LEGENDS OF THE FALL).
French box-office sensation LITTLE WHITE LIES is a seductive and sexy comedy-drama from Guillaume Canet, the writer-director of the worldwide smash hit Tell No One. Bringing together the top names from France's current generation of actors, including Academy-Award® winners Jean Dujardin and Marion Cotillard, Canet weaves a joyous and heartfelt film out of the dilemmas of a circle of friends on their annual summer vacation after a shocking accident. With a terrific soundtrack of classic hits from artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, and David Bowie, LITTLE WHITE LIES is a contemporary spin on The Big Chill, a generational statement on youthful frivolity giving way to middle-aged pleasures and sorrows, with a finely observant eye on modern-day relationships.
Bob the Gambler has decided to give up his business in order to enjoy his hobby: gambling. However, he cannot refuse one last job proposed by a friend: to take part in an amazing raid on the Deauville casino. But that day, seeing the gaming rooms, Bob is riveted by a gambling table where he wins in an unabashed fashion, and he forgets about his role in the well-planned hold-up. Consequently, he ends up causing both himself and his accomplices to be arrested by the police.
A homeless artist who is losing her sight, Michele finds herself drawn into a passionate relationship with a troubled street performer named Alex. Then, despite all obstacles, they together find love and shelter on the famed Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris. But, in time, their unlikely love will be tested as Michele's secret past catches up with her.
For his fifth film, Bertrand Bonello (TIRESIA) depicts a highly cinematic and atmospheric look at the final days of a turn of the century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand maisons, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele (including French filmmakers Jacques Nolot (BEFORE I FORGET) and Xavier Beauvois (OF GODS AND MEN)). Within L'Apollonide's walls, Bonello tracks the lives of the Madam (Noemie Lvovsky) and close to a dozen girls among them: Madeline (Alice Barnole) who is horribly disfigured by a client and becomes known as "the woman who laughs", Clotilde (Celine Sallette) the veteran who longs to be a "respectable woman" and Pauline (Iliana Zabeth), the newcomer whose eyes are quickly opened to reality. Despite the fact that desire often mixes with danger and disease rears its ugly head, the film is filled with moments of intimacy and camaraderie amongst the girls.
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances. The film has had a tumultuous history: it was subjected to cuts after the violent response of the premiere audience in 1939, and the original negative was destroyed during World War II; it wasn’t reconstructed until 1959. That version, which has stunned viewers for decades, is presented here.
Fatah is a humble farmer in Algeria. His pride and joy is his cow Jacqueline, and he dreams of taking her to the Paris Agricultural Show. One day, to the amazement of everyone in his village, he receives an invitation to the show, and leaves home for the first time, taking a boat across the Mediterranean to Marseille. From there, he sets out to cross France on foot with his beloved cow. Along the way, Fatah and Jacqueline have some surprising encounters in this heartwarming and sometimes uproarious road-trip adventure. An eye-opening and touching journey across the France of today.
Life imitates art in uncanny ways when English beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles move into an old farmhouse in Normandy...in the very same village where Flaubert’s classic novel MADAME BOVARY was written a century earlier. Immediately entranced by the lovely Gemma, local baker and Flaubert enthusiast Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) quickly draws parallels between the literary character and her real-life counterpart. When Gemma catches the eye of a handsome local playboy, Joubert fears her destiny may be unavoidably linked to that of Flaubert’s tragic heroine. Based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds (TAMARA DREWE), GEMMA BOVERY is at once, a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, and an intoxicating celebration of French provincial life.
In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Molière (Romain Duris) is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors (or achieve significant financial success). Molière is put in jail after skipping out on some unpaid debts, but is freed after his fine is paid by two strangers. Molière discovers his benefactors are acting on behalf of Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), a very wealthy man who has a beautiful wife, Elmire (Laura Morante) and two lovely daughters. However, Jourdain has fallen head over heels for Celimene (Ludivine Sagnier), a gorgeous widow, and he's written a short play in order to demonstrate his feelings for her. Jourdain needs someone to help him polish his script and serve as an acting coach, and he's recruited Molière for the job. Needing the money, Moliere accepts, but he poses as a man of the cloth, Monsieur Tartuffe, to keep his identity a secret. Molière soon realizes that Jourdain's talent exists only in the rich man's imagination, and that Jourdain already has a rival for Celimene's affections, the charming but duplicitous Dorante (Edouard Baer). 2007 Fidelite Films, Virtual Films, Wild Bunch, France 3 Cinema and France 2 Cinema. All Rights Reserved.
Widely considered one of the essential works of French cinema, this critically acclaimed film tells the story of a working-class man (screen legend Jean Gabin) who, after committing a murder, recollects the events that led to the crime.
A social dramedy staring Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops.
Set in a luxury hotel in Europe, one resident becomes infatuated with a young woman and tries to persuade her that they had an affair the year before in Marienbad.
When war correspondent Elsa Casanova (Diane Kruger) is taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban and is faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. A relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers who have no intention of letting their prey escape them and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in pursuit of their single aim -- to bring her home alive.
During the Second Napoleonic Empire, Etienne Lantier finds employment as a coal miner in the northern French town of Montsou. He immediately encounters misery and degredation in the apalling conditions of the mine. There he meets men as unscrupulous as Chaval and, conversely, as generous as Maheu. In fact a whole range of suffering humanity, labouring under the curse of capitalism. © 1993 Pathé Production -- France 2 Cinéma -- Alternative Film (Original Title: GERMINAL)
The 1990s. Eighteen-year-old Lina arrives in Paris to study. She has come to find what she has never found in her homeland of Lebanon: a certain kind of freedom. With her survival instinct as her only luggage, she floats around Paris to the rhythm of her love affairs. Because, when you are eighteen years old, you dream of embracing the whole world and not just a single boy...
The heart-wrenching true story of a blind, deaf and mute girl who is sent to a school where a determined nun teaches her to communicate, helping to transform her from a feral child to a kind, caring student.
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. Once Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune, he sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends. (Original Title "MICMACS À TIRE-LARIGOT") © 2009, 2010 Epithete Films, Tapioca Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, France 2 Cinema and France 3 Cinema. All Rights Reserved.
From Claire Denis, the incomparable director of BEAU TRAVAIL, L'INTRUS and 35 SHOTS OF RHUM, comes WHITE MATERIAL: a rich and thrilling account of a woman driven to the edge. An official selection of the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the film is a riveting exploration of the complexities of racial conflict and the limits of human will. The legendary Isabelle Huppert (LA CEREMONIE, THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN), is Maria Vial, a fearless French woman attempting to run her family's coffee plantation in an unnamed African country. Torn violently apart by hate-fueled civil conflict, this unforgiving setting soon turns against the foreign family, declaring them outlaws in their new home. In a brash effort to save her family and livelihood, Maria risks everything, fighting with every shred of her will to buck the rebel forces wrestling for control of local power.
Paris, city of lights, city of nights. The brutal world of Parisian organized crime, where aging mob boss Claude Corti rules over his pack of power-hungry thugs with an iron fist. In this empire of fast cars, upscale drugs and expensive women, money is god and Corti’s people are always rewarded for their devotion. But when they disobey, he makes them wish for death. Power and money, however, cannot buy trust… A stylish, brutally realistic and intensely violent glimpse inside the ruthless, Parisian underworld.
Vassili is an aged prostitute with killer instincts. He finds an unconscious young man in the Forest of Boulogne and takes him home. Now lovers and accomplices, the two men become a couple in prostitution and steal from their clients. And yet, menaces of retaliation leave the couple with no choice but to escape from Paris. The runaway begins...
Recently released from prison, a criminal organizes the hold-up of a lifetime with the help of an escaped convict and an alcoholic ex-policeman. They are successful, but the fence, shaken by the value of the loot, suggests they go to a specialist, who is none other than the inspector handling the case.
Based on a true story, French high school teacher Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Undaunted by their apathy, Anne tests her multi-cultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition commemorating young victims of Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students' attitudes dramatically.
Camille (Audrey Tautou) works evenings as an office cleaning woman, and makes graceful drawings in her free time, living in the attic of a Parisian apartment block. Philibert (Laurent Stocker) is a young, aristocratic history buff living - temporarily - in an apartment lower down, part of the estate of his late grandmother. He has let out part of it to up and coming cook Franck (Guillaume Canet), a gruff young loner and womaniser with a genuine love for his frail grandmother, Paulette (Francoise Bertin). When Camille falls ill, Philibert insists she stay with the two of them so he can look after her. And even though she and Franck clash, the trio manage to live together and learn from each other © 2006 Pathé Production - TF1 Film Production (Original Title: ENSEMBLE, C'EST TOUT)
A 40-year-old father of two still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves from Paris to New York, he can’t bear them growing up far away from him so he decides to move there as well.
Cézanne et Moi traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola. The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cézanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment.
As he is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents' biological son, and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.
In this sexy, French romantic drama, two couples decide to explore the boundaries of their relationships by swapping partners. What starts as a fun, free-spirited ménage-a-4 experimentation full of sleepovers, shared vacations, and dinner parties soon turns into a hotbed of desire, anger, and confusion. As their arrangement leads them down an increasingly surprising and provocative path, the lovers begin to question their personal choices and lifestyles, leading to consequences none of them could foresee.
Farce, spy spoof, and adventure. Swarthy thieves ignore jewels to steal an Amazon figurine from the Museum of Man in Paris' Trocadero Palace and kidnap the world's authority on the lost Maltec civilization. Cut to Agnes, the daughter of a murdered man who possessed one of two other such figurines. Moments after her sweetheart, Adrien, an Army private with a week's leave, arrives in Paris to see her, Agnes too is kidnapped, drugged, and loaded on a plane to Rio. Adrien is in hot pursuit, and before he can rescue her (with the help of a shoeshine boy), foil the murderous thieves, and solve the riddle of the Maltecs, he must traverse Rio, Brasilia, and the Amazon heartland... all before the end of his week's leave.
Pierre has been married for 15 years and has two kids. He still loves his wife and is fulfilled in his role as father. Overall, he’s a contented man.Until one evening, he meets Elsa. They chat, laugh, and joke around in a way that doesn’t happen every day.Two weeks later, they run into each other again by chance. The same easy mutual attraction they felt for one another is just as strong, and they tell each other as much. A line has been crossed. But Elsa has a golden rule never to get involved with married men, and Pierre wants to remain faithful. They go their separate ways without swapping phone numbers, preferring to let life take its own course.As the line blurs between how they imagine their relationship and what has actually happened, their fantasies start to mingle with reality.
In Biarritz, Hélène meets Gilles after a minor accident; the man falls desperately in love with her. Hélène, combining dazzling beauty and embarrassed silences, tries to escape his growing passion. Prisoner of a lost love, she nevertheless reveals her secret in the end...
Thirty-year-old Hanna is very charming and doesn't know how to say no. She suffers from the neurosis of kindness. This strange syndrome affects other members of her family too: her father Omar is a grocer/social worker and her mother Simone is a home-help/psychiatrist. Hakim, her brother, doesn't share their neurosis, focused as he is on his Algerian roots and his religion. In fact he doesn't get on with Hannah at all. But an unexpected event will force Hanna and Hakim to reconnect.
A controversial romance begins when a teenage boy develops a crush on a thirty-year-old woman. At first it's a game of seduction; then turmoil sets in, followed by desire and perhaps, love.
The Côte d'Azur 1915. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden - and in the face of his father's fierce opposition - he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit... and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.
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Paris, 1967. Disillusioned by their suburban lifestyles, a group of middle-class students, led by Guillaume (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Veronique (Anne Wiazemsky), form a small Maoist cell and plan to change the world by any means necessary. After studying the growth of communism in China, the students decide they must use terrorism and violence to ignite their own revolution. Director Jean-Luc Godard, whose advocacy of Maoism bordered on intoxication, infuriated many traditionalist critics with this swiftly paced satire.
At the beginning of the 1980s, abandoning a promising career as a lawyer, Pierre Durand devotes himself, body and soul, to his passion: show jumping. Supported by his father, he invests everything in a young horse called Jappeloup, even though no one else agrees, Pierre has made a good choice. Too small, too temperamental, and too unpredictable, the horse has many flaws but also has remarkable poise and abilities. From competition to competition, horse and rider progress and impose themselves in the horse-riding world. But the Olympic Games in Los Angeles are a terrible failure and Pierre becomes aware of his weaknesses. With help from Nadia, his wife, and Raphaëlle, Jappeloup's groom, Pierre wins the horse's trust and builds a relationship which will lead them both to the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988.
EDEN is an affecting trip into the 90s Parisiain electronic dance movement experienced through the eyes of DJ groups Cheers and Daft Punk who, together with friends, plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
An elegant political thriller with two stellar performances from actors Melvil Poupaud and Andre Dussollier. Pierre (Poupaud), a one-time best-selling author long forgotten by the publishing world, agrees to be a ghostwriter for Joseph (Dussollier), an influential government insider. But as the author becomes romantically involved with a young activist and realizes the potential impact of the manuscript he’s ghostwriting, Pierre finds himself entangled in a life-threatening world of subterfuge where no one can be trusted.
A happily married middle-aged couple takes in a beautiful young woman with a devious motive. The classic tale of adultery and betrayal gets a fresh update in this Rashomon-esque narrative where the truth can only be found through lies.
Julien is 17, has a great sense of humor, bags of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy. Despite their love for him, his family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice (French Riviera), a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. This trial is already exceptional, but it becomes almost impossible if one has to help a disabled youth throughout the course. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary combat, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.
In her breakthrough role, Judith Godrèche plays Beth, a disaffected 17 year old living in Paris with her bedridden mother and forced to hold her family together by degrading herself. This intimate drama focuses on three days in which, according to the director, Beth loses her childhood, becomes a woman and becomes disenchanted. Leaving her boyfriend after he suggests that she sleep with an ugly man so that she will appreciate him more, she soon attracts the attentions of a younger boy she meets in a night club, the Sugar Daddy who has been paying her family’s bills and an enigmatic writer.