Malmö, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is ... See full summary »
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Alecia Willis is a young school teacher who gets too close to one of her students Evan, a mature high school senior falls in love with his English teacher. Evan is very persistent in his ... See full summary »
Lakisha R. Lemons
Derek Lee Nixon,
Sheryl D. Brice
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »
The main character, his wife and small son lose their way and become stuck on a country road. As a result, they have to spend the night in their car. The following morning, the main ... See full summary »
Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or ... See full summary »
Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother, joins them too. Once at seaside, it starts a complicate love cross among ... See full summary »
18-year old Christian has just graduated from high school. At his summer job he is seduced by the 36-year old single mother Sanne. Soon he is drawn into a world of sensuality and his ... See full summary »
Marie Louise Wille,
Helle Merete Sørensen
A young man leaves his native town in southern France to discover Paris. Being too unexperienced and too naive, he drops into the reality of Paris 1991. He soon gives up his dream of ... See full summary »
June 1940. German troops are advancing on Paris. Odile, a widowed teacher, succumbs to the widespread panic and, with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence, Little Cathy knows only that they are going South. After fifty kilometres, a German plane attacks, decimating the helpless refugees. Odile and her children lose everything. A shaven-headed youth appears from nowhere and leads them away from the carnage. His name is Yvan, he's seventeen years old. Cut off from the rest of the world and living in confined quarters, Odile and Yvan find themselves confronted with their own desires. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Les Égarés, (2003) ["Strayed" in the U.S.] is directed by
André Téchiné. The film stars Emmanuelle Béart as Odile, a war widow who flees Paris to escape the Germans. Although not wealthy, the family is well-educated and respectable. They bring with them their middle-class skills and weaknesses. Most
important in the film, they transfer their civilized world outlook to a world that is no longer civilized. Odile and her family quickly encounter the harsh realities of refugee life during wartime. The movie is essentially a journal of the family's adaptation to their new and dangerous situation.
Although the film, as would be expected, has its moments of violence, the substance of the drama revolves around the interaction of four characters--Odile, her two children, and an almost feral teenage boy they meet along the way.
Emmanuelle Béart's fabled beauty has, in some ways, worked against her reputation as an actor. However, if you look beyond Béart's appearance, you'll see an experienced actor delivering a moving and nuanced performance.
I recommend this film highly; it's worth seeking out.
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