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La Haine
La Haine (☞imdb)
A ground-breaking 1995 film that exposed many of the problems associated with the treatment of the people in the French banlieues. It follows three angry young men over a 24-hour period, invoking a constant feeling of impending disaster.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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Une saison en France
Une saison en France (☞imdb)
An asylum seeker and his two children start to make a new life in Paris while awaiting the outcome of his asylum application. For a short while we see the warmth of a budding new family before the system delivers its verdict. Warmth turns into despair with one particularly shocking episode that jerks one back into the reality of the situation. This should be compulsory viewing in these intolerant times.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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La peau de chagrin
La peau de chagrin (☞imdb)
A mystic tale from the novel by Honoré de Balzac sees a young author enter a pact that will change his life by granting his every wish but at the cost of shortening it each time a wish is made.

You can find my short review in the LightDrama section of my cinema pages.
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Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant
Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant (☞imdb)
The story of William the Conqueror's youth. A struggle for survival as those who contested his right to succession plot to thwart his claim while his supporters endeavour to protect him.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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Les saveurs du Palais
Les saveurs du Palais (☞imdb)
When an unknown woman is brought to the Élysée Palace to be the President's personal cook, feathers are well and truly ruffled. But he likes her, and her food. Based on a true story.

You can find my short review in the Comedy section of my cinema pages.
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Les fantômes d'Israël
Les fantômes d'Ismaël (☞imdb)
Ismaël is a troubled film director whose life, briefly uplifted by a new romance, descends into chaos when his wife, who disappeared 21 years before, returns. A very complicated film!

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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L'Été meurtrier
L'Été meurtrier (☞imdb)
A beautiful and provocative young woman arrives in a quiet French village and forms a relationship with a young mechanic. But her intentions are far from romantic as she seeks revenge for a violent attack on her mother in the past.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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Frères Ennemis
Frères Ennemis (☞imdb)
A cop from the banlieue uses a childhood friend as an insider to help ensnare a drugs gang. But the plan goes terribly wrong and things become messy as retribution is sought.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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1905 (Film)
"1905" (☞imdb)
It's 1905 and France is coming to terms with a new law that has separated religion and the state (laïcité). Marie Dutilleul returns to her village to teach in the school. She believes implicitly in the new law while still keeping her faith, but those around her are far less understanding.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my Cinema pages.
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