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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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Cézanne et Moi
Cézanne et Moi
This is a biographical story of the friendship between Paul Cézanne and Emil Zola. These schoolboy friends maintained a relationship throughout their lives, but this friendship was tempered by bad feeling when Zola becomes successful and more bourgeois, while Cézanne, from a wealthy banking family, wastes his genius in a devil-may-care life of women and contempt for authority.

In matters of love, or more correctly sex, Cézanne has no problems while Zola's timidity prevents him from approaching women. He becomes entranced by one of Cézanne's model's, and mistress, who calls herself Gabrielle. As the film jumps from youth to their more mature lives, we see Zola married to Gabrielle, although she now uses her real name, Alexandrine.

Zola's novel, L'Œuvre, was in effect a fictionalised depiction of Cézanne and the Bohemian life of Paris artists. Cézanne was angry that his friend had used their relationship in this way, which led to a virtual breakdown of their friendship. And there remained bad feeling over Alexandrine, now Zola's wife. These tensions are central to the film as we travel from the past to the present.

I found the depiction of nineteenth century Paris fascinating, as artists and authors who are now household names meet as young men who were still to make their mark. And as a counterpoint, we have the beautiful scenery of Aix-en-Provence, where Zola and Cézanne met as young boys and grew up.
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