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11'09''01 September 11 11'09''01 September 11
"Eleven filmmakers, eleven looks implicating their individual conscience"... Such is the epigraph of this collective film about the tragic events that occurred a year ago in New York and changed the face of a world, already disturbed, forever.

2 Days in Paris 2 Days in Paris
2 days in Paris is a mix between two cultures, two ways of being intimate with cinema. Somewhere between Pascal Bonitzer and Woody Allen.

A Day at the Museum A Day at the Museum
Making a comedy that satirizes the art world and most particularly museums was certainly a great premise.

A Lost Man A Lost Man
One of the most talented French photographers inspired director Danielle Arbid's story about a search for identity.

A Piece Of Sky A Piece Of Sky
A Piece of Sky is about women who try to resist their environment and take advantage of it.

Amelie Amelie
With Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (The City of the Lost Children, Alien Resurrection) has made a charming and falsely harmless film that is, above all, a fabulous postcard of Paris.

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
With a 50 million dollar budget, and a catastrophic predecessor, Alain Chabat's Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra was much-anticipated and became France's #1 blockbuster.

A Very Long Engagement A Very Long Engagement
In A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet once again leads us into his pastel colored fantasy world, this time however, presenting us a war melodrama steering us away from the quirky madness of his first two films, and the nostalgic cuteness of the last.

The Belvaux trilogy: An Amazing Couple, On the Run & After Life The Belvaux trilogy
It's an adventure, a new cinematic experiment that the filmmaker proposes here. Built as a scavenger hunt for the audience who unceasingly wonders about supporting characters of each of the three films when they are off camera. Includes: An Amazing Couple, On the Run & After Life.

Blanche Blanche
With its anachronistic approach to Swashbucklers, Blanche was supposed to be a provocative film that would divide the public. In spite of an impressive gallery of supporting roles, this bloated farce by Bernie Bonvoisin quickly deflates into an indigestible mixture of ineffective action and corny dialogue.

The Black Box The Black Box
The Black Box is one these thrillers that aim at blurring the lines between reality and dream.

Captain Ahab Captain Ahab
This quite interesting variation on Herman Melville's character is solely the fruit of Mr. Ramos' imagination in which Captain Ahab was the chance to interpret and complement Moby Dick, which pretty much started where this film ends.

Boarding Gate Boarding Gate
The stench of Demonlover permeates Olivier Assayas's Boarding Gate.

Bon Voyage Bon Voyage
Jean-Paul Rappenau pays homage to some old French classics in Bon Voyage, offering the perfect mix of comedy, action, romance and historical references with a strong and glamorous ensemble cast.

Brotherhood of the Wolf Brotherhood of the Wolf
The legend of the beast of Gévaudan serves as a pretext for a film of odds and ends that shamelessly mixes genres in Brotherhood of the Wolf, a film with a neat aestheticism close to the universe of the comic strip.

Caché Caché
While I'm sure cerebral director Michael Haneke was aware that his film would provoke some kind of intellectual controversy, he must also have known that with his latest offering, he was taking the risk to alienate a big part of the audience who would unavoidably misread it.

Carlos Carlos
Olivier Assayas embraces three decades of international geopolitics and delivers a movie marathon as explosive as a charge of C-4 explosives.

Cet Amour-LÃâ Cet Amour-Làâ
What this film really offers is a chance to study the marvelous Jeanne Moreau: her aged yet beautiful face, her still quite energetic and strong body, her velvet voice, her startling smile. Her persona, period. Without its stunning star, the film goes nowhere. With her, it also goes nowhere, but at least you get to go nowhere with Jeanne Moreau.

Change of Address Change of Address
Trying too hard to be charming and funny while dangerously perched on the peak of awkwardness and failure, Change of Address is most unfortunate in trying to be an American romantic comedy.

Chaos Chaos
In French director Coline Serreau's social drama Chaos, a "petite bourgeoise", gets her life turned upside down when she witnesses the beating of a prostitute. From that moment, her life won't be the same, as the film becomes a plea for women's freedom denouncing physical and psychological abuse from men.

The Class The Class
The Class is based on a book and screenplay by a teacher who plays his own role here and is directed by Laurent Cantet, an astute portraitist of French societal social mechanisms.

Clean Clean
The latest film by Olivier Assayas is just beautiful. A deposed rock star must give up drugs and her past way of life to get her son back. Assayas directs a melodrama imprinted with nostalgia.

The Concert The Concert
Writer/director Radu Mihaileanu's The Concert has all the ingredients to become a European film favorite on the US film circuit.

Corto Maltese Corto Maltese
An adaptation of the adventures of Corto Maltese, a mythical figure of comics, this ecstatic dive into a universe set halfway between history and romantic poetry cannot be compared to current animated productions and is intended for sensitive souls in the audience.

The Crimson Rivers The Crimson Rivers
French director Mathieu Kassovitz's new entry falls short for trying too hard to make a French thriller the Hollywood way. Set in the Alps, The Crimson Rivers is a cross between Seven and The Name Of The Rose.

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French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
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