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In this section are films that deal with more serious themes, such as crime, passion, troubled romance and hard-hitting human stories.

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  • Elle l'adore

    Elle l'adore

  • Les Anarchistes

    Les Anarchistes

  • Hors la loi

    Hors la loi

  • Un prophete

    Un prophete

  • Mediterranea

    Mediterranea

  • Chaos

    Chaos

  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

  • Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

    Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

  • Mal de pierres

    Mal de pierres

  • La Proie

    La Proie

  • 11.6

    11.6

  • La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

    La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

  • Les cowboys

    Les cowboys

  • Après le sud

    Après le sud

  • Chocolat

    Chocolat

  • L'Atessa

    L'Atessa

  • La fille inconnue

    La fille inconnue

  • Belle de jour

    Belle de Jour

  • La femme tranquille

    La femme tranquille

  • Un peuple et son roi

    Un peuple et son roi

  • Belleville Story

    Belleville Story

  • Nelly

    Nelly

  • 1905

    1905 - The Winds of Passion

  • Frères Ennemis

    Frères Ennemis (Close Enemies)

  • L'Été meurtrier

    L'Été meurtrier

  • Les fantômes d'Israël

    Les fantômes d'Israël

  • Guillaume, la jeunesses du conquérant

    Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant

  • Une saison en France

    Une saison en France

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Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant
Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant
This film begins as William makes ready for the invasion of England in 1066, a date in history that even the least knowledgable of us know! But the subject of this film is in fact William's youth.

Born of Robert I, or Robert the Magnificent, William was also known as William the Bastard because Robert was not married to William's mother, Herleva. This fact, along with the continuous power struggles of the time, threatened William's accession after his father, Robert, died on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

The filming is predominantly in cooler hues, which gives it a certain atmosphere. I also found the dialogue to be almost theatrical, which from the point of view of anybody learning French is welcome, with clear, well enunciated sentences.

The history comes across as well informed and while I don't doubt that some dramatic licence has been applied, the end credits certainly suggest academic input and there is little in the way obvious sensationalism. For me the Norse influence came as a surprise and it was only after I researched the actual history (recommended) that this fell into place.

William is portrayed as a very sensible young man who approached things in a very calm way, refusing to be provoked into rash actions. In an early scene he is shown dismissing a soldier accused of desertion, when one might have expected a far more severe punishment in those days. This was obviously a dramatic device but I guess it was included to show his character.

This is a low budget film and at times this shows, with the reviews (mainly French) being decidedly mixed. Criticisms include the aforementioned theatrical representation, unconvincing acting and uninspiring actions sequences. I wouldn't totally disagree but it is sometimes refreshing to not have modern CGI where battle scenes largely exist in a virtual space and characters lack real world credibility. Here they aren't superheroes but just men.

On the positive side it came across to me as an interesting history of the man who was ultimately to shape Britain's future.
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