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1.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
 
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Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
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In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl. (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
3.
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
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A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman. (82 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
4.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
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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.)
 
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Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
7.
Lila Says (2004)
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Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures. (89 mins.)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
 
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Tomboy (2011)
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A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children. (82 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
 
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The Hedgehog (2009)
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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday... (100 mins.)
Director: Mona Achache
 
10.
Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
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In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
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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.)
 
12.
He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
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A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear. (92 mins.)
 
13.
The Soft Skin (1964)
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Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her. (113 mins.)
 
14.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
15.
Masculin Féminin (1966)
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A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
16.
Swimming Pool (2003)
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A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
17.
Marie from the Bay of Angels (1997)
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A random montage of disturbing images tell a story about one summer in the lives of two teenagers who somehow find love within each other... (90 mins.)
Director: Manuel Pradal
 
18.
Secrets of State (2008)
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In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies... (100 mins.)
Director: Philippe Haïm
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
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Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge. (125 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
21.
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
 
22.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
23.
Le Samouraï (1967)
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After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner. (105 mins.)
 
24.
Romanzo Criminale (2005)
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Set in the 1970s, it's the story of three lifelong friends who take control of organized crime in Rome. (152 mins.)
Director: Michele Placido
 
25.
Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)
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In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother... (101 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
26.
I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (2007)
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Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime. (113 mins.)
 
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Priceless (2006)
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Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor. (106 mins.)
 
28.
Zazie dans le Métro (1960)
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This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris... (93 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
29.
Purple Noon (1960)
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Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess. (118 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
30.
Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
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Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. (177 mins.)
 
31.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
32.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
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The Chorus (2004)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
 
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The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)