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For want of a better name, I've labelled this section Adult. The films reviewed here contain strong sexual themes or more extreme violence.

The reviews themselves are not however explicit.
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  • Alleluia

    Alléluia

  • Blue is the Warmest Colour

    Blue is the Warmest Colour

  • Une

    Une histoire d'amour

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

  • Jeune et Jolie

    Martyrs

  • The Decine of the American Empire

    Le Déclin de l'empire américain

  • Laissez bronzer les cadavres

    Laissez bronzer les cadavres

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Alléluia
Alléluia
Michel is a serial womaniser who charms his way into relationships for the sexual experience and then to con money out of his victims. Gloria, who works in a morgue, is his latest conquest, and he leaves her after extracting money for a fictitious shoe company that he invented for the purpose. But Gloria isn't like the rest, she tracks him down and rather than take him to task, proposes that he continues with his exploits while staying with her as his true partner. This was always doomed to fail, and it does spectacularly.
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Blue is the warmest Colour
Blue is the Warmest Colour
When I read about this film there was much attention given to its explicit sexual nature. There's no denying that the lesbian sex scenes are as explicit as you are likely to see in any main-stream film. However, to reduce what is an amazing film to the sex is doing the production a great disservice.

The two leading female actors are absolutely amazing and I'm not surprised that both won a Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013, as did the film and the director.
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Une histoire d'amour
Une histoire d'amour
This is the debut feature from actress-turned-filmmaker Hélène Fillières and is based on a novel by Régis Jauffre, itself inspired by the murder of financial tycoon Edouard Stern.

There are really only three characters, who we simply know as the banker, the young woman and, although it isn't clear who he is at first, her husband. The young woman is played by Laetitia Casta, a sultry brunette, while her husband is far from young. She is having a relationship with the banker, who's a masochist and not a very nice person. Her husband is fully aware but I wasn't quite clear about her and his motives, other than perhaps the promised $1m gift.
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Martyrs
Martyrs
The Telegraph's headline for the review of this film reads, "Why Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs is the greatest horror film of the 21st century".

The film begins with a young girl, Lucy, managing to escape from painful captivity in an abandoned building.

She is sent to a Catholic orphanage where she is befriended by Anna, who quickly realises that her new friend is haunted by her experience, believing that monsters are attacking her.
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Jeune et Jolie
Jeune et Jolie
A 17-year-old woman, Isabelle, after a less than fulfilling first sexual experience while on holiday, embarks on a life of prostitution. She is indeed jolie and also enigmatic.

What drives her behaviour is far from clear, at least until later in the film when she receives counselling, and even then you feel that she hasn't revealed all. What she does reveal is that in an immature way she is treating the whole thing as a kind of game.
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Le Déclin de l'empire américain
Le déclin de l'empire américain
This 1986 sex comedy will not be to everybody's taste but is regarded by some as a 'must-see' film. The Toronto International Film Festival ranked it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time twice, in 1993 and 2004, from which you will realise that the French is Quebecois. That said, the dialogue is actually quite accessible for a French language film.

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Laissez bronzer les cadavres
Laissez bronzer les cadavres
On Amazon Prime this film was advertised with a 12 certificate. To my mind it should have been at least a 15, possibly an 18. I've added it to my Adult category because of the explicit violence and erotic scenes, some represented as fetish nightmares.

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