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Days of Glory Days of Glory
Days of Glory is one of these films I would recommend everybody to watch — most particularly in France — even though it's not a good movie.

Demonlover Demonlover
The idea of a film with industrial espionage and virtual worlds as a background is rather exciting in principal. The intentions of the director are no less enthralling, since he proposes a reflection about image at a time of globalization.

The Dinner Game The Dinner Game
A perfect example of well crafted French comedy with good timing. Directed by Francis Veber known for La Cage aux Folles, the movie is an adaptation of a famous French play featuring some of the actors of the original play.

District B13 District B13
A a transposition of Escape from New York to Paris's suburban projects.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly possesses all the weapons needed to seduce the public, the critics and the festival jury. A difficult subject based on a true story, a mise en scèe rich in proposals, a clever mix of tones, alternating tears and cynical laughter, and finally, impeccable acting.

Enemy At The Gate Enemy At The Gate
With a colossal budget, historical context and Hollywood distribution, one would have hoped for Enemy At The Gate to be an authentic European response to ultra-patriotic American war films in the vein of Saving Private Ryan. Far from it, Jean-Jacques Annaud's film rather resembles rather an egocentric fantasy where the direction is hardly defined.

Family Hero Family Hero
With the city of Nice as the spectacular setting, the actors of Family Hero shine and shimmer as brightly as the azure waters that surround them.

Fanfan la Tulipe Fanfan la Tulipe
A remake of a Christian-Jaque film shot in 1952, this Fanfan la Tulipe, from the Luc Besson stable, has neither the epic dimension, nor the panache of the original version.

Farewell Farewell
Farewell moves slowly, enveloped in some kind of coldness and inertia that seems to reflect the state of this pre-perestroika Russian society.

Flanders Flanders
Bruno Dumont's film mirrors two spaces with climates that are worlds apart: the cinegenic region of Flanders and an Eastern country suffocating from the heat.

The Flower of Evil The Flower of Evil
For his fiftieth feature film, Chabrol The Master takes off on a crusade on his favorite "war horse": the provincial middle-class.

Friday Night Friday Night
A far cry from the postcard imagery foreigners might have of Paris, Claire Denis' Friday Night plunges us into a stand-still moment of the gritty everyday life of Parisians.

Gainsbourg Gainsbourg
Mr. Gainsbourg being such a myth, you would have expected a major French director to direct a biopic about his life. It is however a newcomer, an award-winning graphic novel artist, who tackles the subject.

The Girl from Paris The Girl from Paris
The original title, Une Hirondelle a fait le Printemps (One Swallow Brought Spring) perfectly describes The Girl From Paris, a work of subtlety and self-restraint about a young woman bringing some happiness and youth to a grumpy old man at the end of his life.

The Girl On The Bridge The Girl On The Bridge
The Girl on the Bridge, directed by Patrice Leconte, is a moving, visually stunning meditative work on solitude, fortune, and salvation. The film blazes a trail through Paris, Italy, Monaco, and Istanbul, adding contortionists, Greeks, and more circus performers on the way. Vanessa Paradis and Daniel Auteuil star in this French black and white caravan adventure through Europe.

Heading South Heading South
French director Laurent Cantet leaves the cold boundaries of French society to head south, in the company of a group of middle-aged women looking for pleasure in the arms of young Haitian men.

Heartbreaker Heartbreaker
From Priceless to The Girl from Monaco and now Heartbreaker, the French Riviera — more particularly Monaco, Nice and Cannes — and its wealthy players seems to an inexhaustible source for romantic comedies and dramas.

Hidden Hidden
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.

High Tension High Tension
When you think about French cinema, gore films don't exactly come to mind.

The Housekeeper The Housekeeper
If you're looking for a low-key and slightly twisted French comedy, without the usual Luc Besson touch of triviality, The Housekeeper is certainly a good representative.

Hunting and Gathering Hunting and Gathering
Another overly Americanized French romantic comedy that, fortunately, is saved by good performances and a sarcastic script.

Hypnotized and Hysterical (Hair Dresser Wanted) Hypnotized and Hysterical
Yet another portrayal of three confused young women is the first full-length film from director Claude Duty. Not exactly a film to linger on the spectators' mind, it still is great entertainment.

I Stand Alone I Stand Alone
Gaspar Noé's first film, I Stand Alone, is a provocative exploration of hatred that chews on the audience's guts, confronting them with a bare incarnation of the word Abject.

In My Skin In My Skin
With this story of a self-mutilating woman filmed with crudeness, Marina de Van signs a true but flawed personal oeuvre.

In Praise of Love In Praise of Love
Jean-Luc Godard prefers questions over answers: through the quest of a young man in search of love, he revisits the very strong bond linking memory and love, both creators and matrices of myths.

Intimate Strangers Intimate Strangers
In Patrice Lecomte's new film, a tale of mistaken identity and platonic love, a woman opens the wrong door and ends up in the office of a financial analyst instead of on the divan of the psychiatrist with whom she had a first appointment next door.

Irreversible Irreversible
Long awaited, dreaded, Irreversible cannot leave you indifferent. Ultimate artistic incarnation or gratuitous provocation? Though the film isn't flawless, it is nonetheless one of the most important pictures in years. Criticism not being irreversible, Plume Noire offers two critiques, one for and the other against.

Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) Jet Lag
The subtlety of Danielle Thompson's universe can be found in the appealing scenario of this sparkling French romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche & Jean Reno.


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French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
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