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Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend)

Originally posted on French Film Stories:
Sexuality and gender beam fluorescent pink in François Ozon’s playful adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s short story, ‘The New Girlfriend’. Romain Duris plays David, who after the death of his wife is left to raise…

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Au Coeur du Mensonge (The Colour of Lies)

Claude Chabrol masters melancholia as well as suspense in a tale that starts abruptly with a young girl found murdered in the woods of a Breton coastal-town. The last person to see her is her art teacher, René (Jacques Gamblin), … Continue reading

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Partir (Leaving)

A fine line divides madness and rational thought in Catherine Corsini’s psychological study of dissatisfied Suzanne (Kristin Scott Thomas), the bourgeois wife of a doctor, and mother to two unappreciative teenagers. The plot’s bare bones (housewife falls in love with … Continue reading

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La Femme De L’Aviateur (The Aviator’s Wife)

Love, jealousy and misunderstanding feel like soft rain in the first of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Comedies and Proverbs’ series. Here are two very different 1980s Parisian women. One is Anne (Marie Rivière): she’s a 25 year-old secretary who lives in small … Continue reading

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De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone)

Jacques Audiard’s love story is visually brutal and emotionally turbulent. He pursues themes of power, physical strength and vulnerability by strapping its characters to a rocket, and sending them into the sky with the force of a firework. One night, … Continue reading

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Ma Nuit Chez Maud (My Night at Maud’s)

Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is the modern prince of the nouvelle vague. He is a disturbingly handsome man, boyish yet stoic, and has a voice so plutonic, it could sear a woman’s soul. He is steadfast in his Catholicism, world-view and … Continue reading

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Une Affaire De Femmes (A Story of Women)

With a smile as cold and shining as sun on snow, Isabelle Huppert plays Marie-Louise Giraud, an illegal abortionist sent to the guillotine in 1943 by the Vichy regime. Claude Chabrol writes and directs Marie as an unconventional heroine, one … Continue reading

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