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For want of a better name, I've labelled this section Adult. The films reviewed here contain strong sexual themes or more extreme violence.

The reviews themselves are not however explicit.
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  • Alleluia

    Alléluia

  • Blue is the Warmest Colour

    Blue is the Warmest Colour

  • Une

    Une histoire d'amour

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

  • Jeune et Jolie

    Martyrs

  • The Decine of the American Empire

    Le Déclin de l'empire américain

  • Laissez bronzer les cadavres

    Laissez bronzer les cadavres

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Le Déclin de l'empire américain
Le déclin de l'empire américain
This 1986 sex comedy will not be to everybody's taste but is regarded by some as a 'must-see' film. The Toronto International Film Festival ranked it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time twice, in 1993 and 2004, from which you will realise that the French is Quebecois. That said, the dialogue is actually quite accessible for a French language film.

The opening is a group of women at the gym discussing predominantly their sex lives, while the men in their lives are at at one of their houses preparing dinner while similarly discussing their sexual conquests. It is the very explicit language that caused me to place this film in the adult category since the small amount of physical sex on display is very mild by today's standards.

Rémy and Louise are the supposed happily married couple but in reality Rémy would have us believe that he has enjoyed the most conquests of the male group. He has, for example, slept with all three of the other women. The others all have less straightforward relationships. Louise can be a bit puritanical on some issues from her standpoint of supposed marital stability, although she and Rémy did once 'experiment'.

Dominique has written a book that suggests that society's fixation on indulgence is indicative of its decline, thus the title of the film, and this is discussed at the dinner party. Unfortunately Louise is quite sceptical of Dominique's arguments, taking her usual somewhat righteous stance. This is not a good move, as Dominique's reaction is explosive.

This is very much a film of dialogue which, sex aside, is largely intellectual given that the characters are all academics. And the lives of each of the characters is explored, offering far more than this short review can deliver.
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