French Films (& TV series) for the Brits

old & new films & tv series directly from France, or French-speaking countries
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1.
The Clink of Ice (2010)
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An alcoholic writer is visited by an incarnation of his cancer. (87 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
2.
Le convoyeur (2004)
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In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante... (95 mins.)
 
3.
99 francs (2007)
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love. (100 mins.)
Director: Jan Kounen
 
4.
Little White Lies (2010)
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A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart. (154 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
5.
A View of Love (2010)
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Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day... (95 mins.)
Director: Nicole Garcia
 
6.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
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Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East. (99 mins.)
 
7.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
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Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business... (101 mins.)
 
8.
Counter Investigation (2007)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty. (85 mins.)
Director: Franck Mancuso
 
9.
La Haine (1995)
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24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
 
10.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
11.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
 
12.
Amen. (2002)
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During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world. (132 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
13.
Polisse (2011)
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A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects. (127 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
 
14.
Turk's Head (2010)
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Several lives are changed after a teenager from a rough suburb throws a Molotov cocktail on a car, sending the doctor who was in it in a coma. (87 mins.)
Director: Pascal Elbé
 
15.
The Snake (2006)
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Fashion photographer Vincent Mandel, in the midst of a difficult divorce, is suddenly being accused of rape and extorted. What does his former classmate Joseph Plender want from him? (119 mins.)
Director: Eric Barbier
 
16.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
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Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
17.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
18.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
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A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship. (122 mins.)
 
19.
Le péril jeune (1994)
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Ten years after their Upper Sixth, Bruno, Momo, Leon and Alain meet together in the waiting room of a maternity hospital... (101 mins.)
 
20.
La vérité si je mens! (1997)
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The sentimental and comedic adventures of Eddie, a non-Jew trying to pass as Jewish though totally ignorant of Jewish traditions, as he works in a Jewish community. (100 mins.)
Director: Thomas Gilou
 
21.
Kaamelott (2004 TV Series)
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In this off beat account of King Arthur's quest for the Grail, virtually every journey, battle or adventure...
 
22.
Monsieur Gangster (1963)
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican"... (105 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
23.
Le père Noël est une ordure (1982)
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Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office. (88 mins.)
 
24.
French Fried Vacation (1978)
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Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs. (87 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
25.
Les bronzés font du ski (1979)
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Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Patrice Leconte
 
26.
The Illusionist (2010)
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A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
 
27.
Podium (2004)
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Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François... (95 mins.)
Director: Yann Moix
 
28.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
 
29.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
30.
La journée de la jupe (2008)
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Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years (87 mins.)
 
31.
The Class (2008)
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Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
 
32.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
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C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
33.
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
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Five key days in a family's life. (114 mins.)
Director: Rémi Bezançon
 
34.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
35.
L'ennemi intime (2007)
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A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence. (111 mins.)
 
36.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
37.
22 Bullets (2010)
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A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Berry
 
38.
Welcome (2009)
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Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe... (110 mins.)
Director: Philippe Lioret
 
39.
36th Precinct (2004)
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In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies... (111 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
40.
The Last Deadly Mission (2008)
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A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison. (125 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
41.
Le coeur des hommes (2003)
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The life of four best friends in Paris: Antoine (a gym school teacher), Jeff (director of a monthly journal)... (100 mins.)
Director: Marc Esposito
 
42.
JCVD (2008)
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Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it. (97 mins.)
 
43.
On Tour (2010)
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Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies... (111 mins.)
Director: Mathieu Amalric
 
44.
Read My Lips (2001)
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She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
45.
The Apartment (1996)
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Max is on his way to Tokyo. He lives in Paris and likes to flirt but has decided to get married. By chance... (116 mins.)
Director: Gilles Mimouni
 
46.
Bernie (1996)
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Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation... (87 mins.)
Director: Albert Dupontel
 
47.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
 
48.
Braquo (2009 TV Series)
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Four police officers of the SDPJ Hauts-de-Seine, Eddie Caplan, Walter Morlighem, Theo Wachevski and... (52 mins.)
 
49.
Fresh Bait (1995)
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Three adolescents, a girl who serves as the priming and two boys, kill two men cold blooded who were... (115 mins.)