Histoire(s) De Films Francais: 91 French Films

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1.
The Arrival of a Train (1896 Documentary)
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A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train... (1 mins.)
 
2.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
3.
Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)
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Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
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4.
The Inhuman Woman (1924)
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Claire Lescot is a famous prima donna. All men want to be loved by her. Among them is the young scientist Einar Norsen... (135 mins.)
 
5.
Entr'acte (1924 Short Film)
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An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. (22 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
6.
Napoleon (1927)
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A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
7.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
8.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
9.
L'Atalante (1934)
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Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
10.
Carnival in Flanders (1935)
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Tells the story of the Spanish invasion of Flanders (110 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
11.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
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A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
12.
They Were Five (1936)
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Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery... (101 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
13.
The Story of a Cheat (1936)
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A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood. (81 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
14.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
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A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
15.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (114 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
16.
Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)
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A French farce set in Victorian London where a botanist and his wife get into trouble when they pretend to go missing in order to hide from their sanctimonious cousin -- an Anglican bishop who is leading a campaign against such writing. (94 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
17.
The Baker's Wife (1938)
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In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he... (133 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
18.
L'espoir (1945)
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1937, during the spanish civil war, at Teruel. The fight of the Republicans (with very poor means but... (76 mins.)
 
19.
Le Jour se Leve (1939)
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events the led him to the killing. (93 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
20.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
21.
Stormy Waters (1941)
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Andre Laurent, the captain of a tugboat, married Yvonne ten years ago. She has a heart disease but does not want to tell him... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
22.
Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
 
23.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
24.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
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A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
25.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
26.
Fan-Fan the Tulip (1952)
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Swashbuckling adventures of young army recruit Fanfan la Tulipe during the reign of King Louis XV in 18th century France. (102 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
27.
Casque d'Or (1952)
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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
28.
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
29.
Four Bags Full (1956)
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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat... (80 mins.)
 
30.
Inspector Maigret (1958)
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A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre. (119 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
31.
Mon Oncle (1958)
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Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (117 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
32.
Moi, un noir (1958)
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"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast... (70 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
 
33.
Pickpocket (1959)
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
34.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
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A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
35.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
36.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
37.
Breathless (1960)
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A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
38.
Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
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Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable. (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
39.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
40.
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
 
41.
The Fire Within (1963)
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol... (108 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
42.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
43.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
44.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
45.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
46.
The Great Promenade (1966)
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A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute... (132 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
47.
Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966)
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Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends... (150 mins.)
 
48.
The Nun (1966)
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In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun... (135 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
49.
Z (1969)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. (127 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
50.
My Night at Maud's (1969)
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The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality. (110 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
51.
Donkey Skin (1970)
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A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
52.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
53.
César and Rosalie (1972)
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Rosalie is amicably divorced, dividing her time between her mother's house, with her siblings and small daughter... (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
 
54.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
55.
The Society of the Spectacle (1974 Documentary)
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Guy Debord's cinematic analysis of consumer society based on his influential book "La société du spectacle" (1967). (88 mins.)
Director: Guy Debord
 
56.
India Song (1975)
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Poetical tale of Anne-Marie Stretter, the wife of a French diplomat in India in the 1930s. At 18 she... (120 mins.)
 
57.
Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)
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France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine... (114 mins.)
 
58.
Mr. Klein (1976)
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Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
59.
Providence (1977)
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Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
60.
Dossier 51 (1978)
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An unnamed French intelligence service spies on and analyzes a French diplomat code name '51' to identify a method to control him. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
61.
The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
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A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. (83 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
 
62.
Série noire (1979)
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Franck Poupart is a slightly neurotic door-to-door salesman in a sinister part of Paris' suburbs. He meets Mona... (111 mins.)
Director: Alain Corneau
 
63.
The Hussy (1979)
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Misfit François kidnaps young Mado and takes her to live with him in the attic of his parents' home. A strange relationship evolves till the police comes upon them. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Doillon
 
64.
Buffet Froid (1979)
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Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men... (89 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
65.
Coup de torchon (1981)
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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful)... (128 mins.)
 
66.
The Woman Next Door (1981)
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Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. (106 mins.)
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
À nos amours (1983)
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Suzanne is sixteen and is having sex with many boys, just for fun, but did not manage to really love one of them... (95 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
69.
Love on the Ground (1984)
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(125 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
70.
Full Moon in Paris (1984)
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Louise, a young woman, who recently finished her studies in arts, is working as a interior decorator trainee... (100 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
71.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors. (566 mins.)
Director: Claude Lanzmann
 
72.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
73.
An Impudent Girl (1985)
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Charlotte (Gainsbourg) is being raised without a mother. She is only 13 but ready to be an adult. She meets an older boy and begins a relationship while teaching a young friend about life and learning the ropes herself. (96 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
74.
Mauvais Sang (1986)
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Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a... (116 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
75.
Thérèse (1986)
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The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent... (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Cavalier
 
76.
The Big Blue (1988)
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The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
77.
Les baisers de secours (1989)
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The familiar conflicts of a film director planning to make a movie about his life and the confrontation he has with his wife, an actress who was turned down for such project in which she wanted to play herself. (90 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
78.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
79.
Van Gogh (1991)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined. (158 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
80.
Delicatessen (1991)
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Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
81.
Queen Margot (1994)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. (159 mins.)
 
82.
Wild Reeds (1994)
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In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends... (110 mins.)
 
83.
Délits flagrants (1994 Documentary)
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This documentary is a collection of footage of 14 suspects being 'interviewed' by the deputy public prosecutors. (109 mins.)
 
84.
My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)
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Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate... (178 mins.)
 
85.
Same Old Song (1997)
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Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral... (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
86.
The Captive (2000)
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An adaptation of Proust's "La Prisoniere" (book five of "Remembrance of Things Past"). Set in Paris, France, it is a serious tale of a tragic and dysfunctional love. (118 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
87.
Humanité (1999)
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When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers. (148 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
88.
The Taste of Others (2000)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel... (112 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
89.
Fat Girl (2001)
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Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. (83 mins.)
 
90.
À Tout de Suite (2004)
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A girl from bourgeoisie discovers the pleasures of banditism, following her lover in his lifestyle. (95 mins.)
Director: Benoît Jacquot
 
91.
Games of Love and Chance (2003)
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In the slums of Paris, a group of students - primarily North African and Southeast Asian immigrants... (117 mins.)