Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Top 5 French films

List by Michelle

"Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second."
- Jean-Luc Goddard

This month we're celebrating the NZ International Film Festival (NZFF) by highlighting various international films and/or NZFF festival-related actors, actresses, screenplay writers, authors (for books-into-film) and directors whose DVDs we hold. This particular list, while not directly related to NZFF 2011, highlights some great French films that you may not have seen. Thank you, Michelle, for the list idea :)

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Paris [DVD videorecording] / directed by Cédric Klapisch
Pierre, a professional dancer with the Moulin Rouge, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes. Starring Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert DuPontel, François Cluzet. In French, with optional English subtitles. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

Welcome to the sticks = Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis [DVD videorecording] / directed by Dany Boon
Light-hearted film centering on regional differences and local traditions within France. Revolves around the tale of office manager Philippe who is transfered to a riviera town known for it's bad weather, rusting factories, smelly food and socially retarded inhabitants who speak an impenetrable dialect. Leaving his family behind Philippe finds to his surprise, that he is having quite a good time with the friendly fun-loving Northerners. Comedy ensues when Philippe's wife, Julie, announces she is moving the whole family to be with Philippe. Starring Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoe Felix. In French with English subtitles. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Contains offensive language.

God is great, I'm not [DVD videorecording] / screenplay by Pascale Bailly
Michèle is a 20-year-old model who has just broken up with her boyfriend. Although her life appears to be full, she becomes convinced something is missing and sets out on a mission to inject a bit of spirituality into her life. At first she dons a bindi and dabbles with Buddha. Along the way, she meets François, a veterinarian and non-practicing Jew. Festooning François' front door with a mezuzah, and asking to meet his parents, Michèle's passing interest in Judaism soon resembles a somewhat disturbing obsession. Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Julie Depardieu. French with optional English subtitles. Rated M: Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains low level offensive language.

La vie en rose : the passionate life of Edith Piaf [DVD videorecording] / directed by Olivier Dahan
Biography of French singer Edith Piaf (Cotillard). Neglected by her mother, Edith is brought up by her grandmother and then by her father, a travelling acrobat. The street singer is discovered and rises to fame, determined to work even when dying. Marion Cotillard, Gerard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Martins, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner. In French, with English captions. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains low level offensive language.

Flight of the red balloon [DVD videorecording] / a film by Hou Hsiao Hsien
Seven-year-old Simon is affectionately followed by a mysterious red balloon. His mother, Suzanne, a puppeteer and children's entertainer, is completely absorbed in her new show. As Suzanne strives to balance work and motherhood, the red balloon appears to Simon and his Taiwanese nanny as they journey around modern-day Paris, offering the boy the love and support his mother can't. Starring Juliette Binoche, Simon Iteanu, Hippolyte Girardot, Fang Song, Louise Margolin. French dialogue; English and subtitles. Rated PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains coarse language.

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