Category Archives: French Movies

Belle de Jour (Beauty of the Day)

Corridors of erotic fantasies help Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) navigate the confines of her private and public life. Or, as the original trailer says: ‘a divorce between the soul and the flesh.’ Séverine has been married to her doctor husband, Pierre … Continue reading

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Véronique et son Cancre (Veronica and her Dunce)

Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol’s sharp arrow strikes at the heart of all that’s rotten about unimaginative teaching … Continue reading

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L’Amour l’Après-Midi (Love in the Afternoon)

It’s a small, claustrophobic world in which Frédéric (Bernard Verley) moves. He has his family at home, and his work in the office. The Paris streets are busy and full of attractive women and with all the strength and passion … Continue reading

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Vive Le Tour

Persistence, pain and the village parade sit solid at the heart of Louis Malle’s 1962 short documentary about the Tour de France. The cyclists pedal as fast as Malle’s camera rolls, and the result is an efficient yet poetic take … Continue reading

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Les Témoins (The Witnesses)

Love is a crashing symbol (and fidelity a distant drum-roll) in André Téchiné’s film about desire, control and the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in mid-eighties Paris. Sarah (Emmanuelle Béart) finds motherhood difficult: it’s hard to write with a young … Continue reading

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Madame Bovary

Isabelle Huppert places a sad stone in Emma Bovary, one that will never move … Continue reading

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Charlotte et Son Steak

The simple preparation of a steak by a woman intellectually resistant to the dry charm of an intense man (played by Jean-Luc Godard) comprises this neat 10-minute short, directed and written by Eric Rohmer at the very beginning of his … Continue reading

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37°2 le Matin (Betty Blue)

“… a travelling circus of events, holding the trauma of romance, and the joys of desire as something more vital to life than work.” Continue reading

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Conte d’Automne (An Autumn Tale)

Match-making, loneliness and re-writing the rules of love are the mellow sunsets in Éric Rohmer’s Conte d’Automne (An Autumn Tale) Continue reading

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Les Biches (The Does)

Claude Chabrol’s take on sexual ambiguity in 1968 is mischievous. Stéphane Audran plays the resplendent Frédérique, nouvelle vague’s colonialist of female lust and control. She’s the wealthy dominatrix who wants power over those she desires, and she pursues them with … Continue reading

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