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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


  • Chaos


  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Mal de pierres
Mal de pierres
Set in 1950s Provence, Marion Cotillard plays a troubled young woman, Gabrielle, who is seeking more from life than her humble existence on a lavender farm is offering. After an embarrassing public scene where her teacher, a married man, rejects her advances, her mother is desperate to get her settled in marriage.

José, a farm worker, has shown an interest in Gabrielle, which is sufficient for her mother to set up a match. Gabrielle is very hostile to this idea, but in the end agrees, informing José that she will not love him or have sex with him. She is, in fact, a very mean young woman, contrasting with José's gentle and extremely tolerant disposition. She continues to humiliate him despite his generous feelings towards her.

Gabrielle has long suffered abdominal pains (kidney stones, thus mal de pierres) and José agrees to pay for her to go to a spa in the Swiss mountains for treatment. While there, she catches sight of an army lieutenant, André, who has returned from the Indochina war suffering kidney problems. She befriends him and rapidly develops a similar longing for him that she had for the teacher back home.

Gabrielle returns home to José saying she is pregnant with André's child. She writes to him but receives no replies, all the letters eventually being returned unopened. Ultimately, she accepts that she may never see André again and settles down as a wife and mother.

Finally we return the the opening scene of the film, where José and Gabrielle are taking her son. Marc, to a music competition. On the way Gabrielle spots a street that she recognises as Andrés address. She gets out of the taxi and goes to find André.

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