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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

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Un Homme Idéal
Un Homme Idéal
Mathieu Vasseur dreams of being an author while he works shifting boxes in a dead end job. Soon after we're introduced to him, his latest manuscript is rejected by the publishers. Then, while carrying out a house clearance of a deceased elderly man, he comes across a journal written during the Algerian conflict. Complete with sketches and photographs it's not only a wonderful record, but it's also a credible piece of writing. Mathieu decides to copy it and submit it as his own work.
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Hippocrate
Hippocrate
I don't know what things are like behind the scenes in a French hospital, but you get the feeling when watching this film that it is perhaps a fairly accurate portrayal. The fact that the director, Thomas Lilti, is a medical doctor, goes a long way to explaining why this may be the case. There's quite a lot of dark humour as the staff joke about a range of medical issues, along with some serious partying.
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Le Concert
Le Concert
Dismissed from the Bolshoi orchestra thirty years earlier, for hiring Jewish musicians, Andrei Filipov has a cleaning job at the Bolshoi but his mind is still on the stage, conducting his beloved music. By chance he intercepts a fax from Paris inviting the Bolshoi to perform at the Châtelet Theatre and at that moment decides to reconstitute his old orchestra and go to Paris impersonating the Bolshoi.
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Belle et Sebastien
Belle et Sébastien
The film starts with the young boy, Sébastien, and his adoptive grandfather, César, walking in the mountains. César is searching for 'The Beast', a feral dog suspected of killing sheep. The opening scenery is absolutely idyllic and for me truly vertiginous when César lowers Sebastien over the edge to recover an orphaned fawn from a ledge.
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Prendre le large
Prendre le large
The French excel at producing films depicting life as it's lived, unembellished and full of everyday challenges. In this film we’re introduced to Edith, a textile worker who cherishes her job, quite simply because it gives her life purpose. Her only son now lives in Paris and she resides alone in a rather charming farm house, but what’s charm without company?
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After winter, spring
Après l'hiver, le printemps
Filmed in the Périgord region of southwest France, this documentary follows the lives of a group of family farmers who might well be the last generation to farm traditionally in a region that has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. The opening sequence shows one of the farmers picking up an ancient flint tool from his field, witness to the farming history of the region.
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Le monde est à toi
Le monde est à toi
This film is billed as crime/comedy and although there is some violence there is a strong comedy element.

Farès is a somewhat hapless small time drug dealer in Paris who wants to break free and start an ice cream business in Spain. He plans one more deal to finance things but things go wrong almost from the start.
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La Villa
La Villa
Three siblings are reunited in their father's villa after he suffers a stroke. The atmosphere is tense and relationships aren't good, but as time passes some old animosities start to soften as each reflects on their younger days in the Villa. Each of them begins to re-evaluate their current life and this in turn leads to a reshaping of their futures.
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Primaire
Primaire
A fascinating look at the workings of an elementary school in France, where Florence, played by Sara Forestier, is a dedicated institutrice. But Florence's life is far from straightforward. She's separated from her husband and lives in a flat above the school. Her son lives with her and attends her class.

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