When beautiful kitchen maid Augustine (French recording artist Soko) suffers an inexplicable, violent seizure, she is sent to a psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of feminine "hysteria" and presided over by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (a founding father of modern neurology and a mentor to Sigmund Freud). Fascinated by his new patient, Charcot (Vincent Lindon) quickly makes Augustine the star attraction in a series of hysteria presentations, hypnotizing her to induce spectacular fits for crowded lecture halls. As the full nature of Augustine's affliction begins to emerge, the relationship between doctor and patient becomes more complicated and personal power dynamics start to shift. Based on a true story from late 19th century Paris, Augustine is a lush, darkly sensuous tale of romance, psychology, and sexual politics.
"What would you say if I shaved my moustache off?" Marc asks Agnès. "I don't know. I love you with it but I've never known you without it." She goes out for a while, leaving him in front of the bathroom mirror. And he does it. Just like that. As a game. Just to see the look on her face. Just to change something in their happy uneventful lives. When she comes back, she does not say anything.
Vincent Lindon gives his finest performance to date as unemployed everyman Thierry, who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Futile retraining courses that lead to dead ends, interviews via Skype, an interview-coaching workshop critique of his self-presentation by fellow jobseekers; all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect in the name of reengineering of a workforce fit for an neoliberal technocratic system. Nothing if not determinist, Stephane Brize film dispassionately monitors the progress of its stoic protagonist until at last he lands a job on the front line in the surveillance and control of his fellow man and finally faces one too many moral dilemmas. A powerful and deeply troubling vision of the realities of our new economic order.
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.
One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensely drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed, harmony.
Vincent Lindon plays Jean, a burly and happily married housing contractor. One fateful afternoon, he picks up his son (Arthur Le Houérou) from school and meets the teacher, a willowy beauty named Mademoiselle Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain). Their flirtation slowly builds over lingering glances and an impromptu violin solo in Chambon's apartment. Like the classical music they swoon over, their relationship builds through subtle movements: the tilt of a head, or an inadvertent brush of the cheek, fills their hearts with longing. Jean soon comes to a crossroads, having to choose between the intensity of his bond with Chambon or the responsibility and care he feels for his wife (Aure Atika) and child.
Forbidden passion blazes between a brother and sister in this sexually delirious, rock 'n' roll romance. Working from a script originally written for François Truffaut, boundary-pushing director Valérie Donzelli spins a deliciously dark adult fairy tale in which the relationship between aristocratic siblings Marguerite (Anais Demoustier) and Julien (Jeremie Elkaim) goes from playfully flirtatious to passionately erotic—an affair that tests the limits of what society will accept. A provocative fable about what we’re willing to risk for love, Marguerite & Julien is a one-of-a-kind romance that transcends time, reason, and moral boundaries.
Fashion executive Dominique becomes obsessed with Quentin, a young bisexual hustler. Their tumultous relationship fulfills her desire for physical love but leaves her empty emotionally. Quentin's self-destructive and abusive nature forces Dominique to reconcile her desire for love.
Catherine Deneuve stars as Emilie, a fiftysomething professional who goes to live with her aging mother and is forced to face her family's problems head-on in this riveting drama from acclaimed French director Andre Techine.
Upon his estranged wife's request, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran after a four year separation to finalize their divorce so Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist, Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, 2011) can marry her new boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim, The Prophet, European Film Awards Winner for Best Actor, 2009). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.
From the director of WATER LILLIES and TOMBOY, comes GIRLHOOD, the critically-acclaimed hit from Sundance and the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme, a teenage girl in Paris, starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the group. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. With dazzling visuals and music, GIRLHOOD is a powerful and inspiring coming of age story for this generation.
American doctor Shane (Vincent Gallo) arrives in Paris for a honeymoon with his new young bride (Tricia Vessey), but the cuddles soon turn to carnal violence as Shane sneaks off in search of his true objective: his former colleague Leo (Alex Descas), who might be in possession of the antidote to a tropical virus that has transformed Leo's wife (Batrice Dalle) into a ravenous sexual cannibal. Denis' delectably photographed yet shockingly violent imagery terrifies not so much by its goriness as by its correlations between intellect and instinct, ecstasy and agony, displaying the blurred and often interchangeable limits of human desire.
Insightful. Original. Exquisite. Georges and Anne have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage. Though their bond has survived time's test, it's about to meet its greatest challenge. Acclaimed director Michael Haneke brings a performance tour-de-force to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all.
A gripping and emotional legal drama based on a true story that moved France for three decades. Starring Daniel Auteuil (Jean De Florette) and Sebastian Koch (Homeland, The Life of Others). In 1982, André Bamberski (Daniel Auteuil) learns about the death of his 14 year-old daughter, Kalinka, while she was on vacation with her mother and stepfather (Sebastian Koch) in Germany. Convinced that Kalinka’s death was not an accident, Bamberski begins to investigate. A botched autopsy report raises his suspicions and leads him to accuse Kalinka’s stepfather, Dr Dieter Krombach, as the murderer. Unable to indict Krombach in Germany, Bamberski attempts to take the trial to France, where he will dedicate his life to Kalinka’s justice and the imprisonment of Krombach. Based on the true Kalinka Bamberski case, IN HER NAME follows the three decade battle faced by a father to bring his daughter’s murderer to justice. Faced with challenges from the French and German legal systems, Bamberski’s story is one of perseverance and obsessive determination.
After 20 years' absence, Ned Kendall (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to his family's remote farmhouse to make amends with his dying father (Bryan Brown). But before he can make peace, Ned is haunted by disturbing memories of his twin sister Kate (Sophie Lowe) and must come to terms with the truth about the shocking and taboo events that led to her death. MPAA Rating: R 2009 Screen Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office, South Australian Film Corporation, New Town Films Pty Limited, The premium Movie Partnership and Beautiful Kate Productions Pty Limited.
Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, along with Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, mesmerize a whole new generation of audiences in Academy Award® winner Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate." As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it - a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.