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In this section are films that deal with more serious themes, such as crime, passion, troubled romance and hard-hitting human stories.

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  • Elle l'adore

    Elle l'adore

  • Les Anarchistes

    Les Anarchistes

  • Hors la loi

    Hors la loi

  • Un prophete

    Un prophete

  • Mediterranea


  • Chaos


  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • Suzanne


  • Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

    Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)

  • Mal de pierres

    Mal de pierres

  • La Proie

    La Proie

  • 11.6


  • La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

    La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur

  • Les cowboys

    Les cowboys

  • Après le sud

    Après le sud

  • Chocolat


  • L'Atessa


  • La fille inconnue

    La fille inconnue

  • Belle de jour

    Belle de Jour

  • La femme tranquille

    La femme tranquille

  • Un peuple et son roi

    Un peuple et son roi

  • Belleville Story

    Belleville Story

  • Nelly


  • 1905

    1905 - The Winds of Passion

  • Frères Ennemis

    Frères Ennemis (Close Enemies)

  • L'Été meurtrier

    L'Été meurtrier

  • Les fantômes d'Israël

    Les fantômes d'Israël

  • Guillaume, la jeunesses du conquérant

    Guillaume, la jeunesse du conquérant

  • Une saison en France

    Une saison en France

  • La haine

    La haine

  • Caché


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Elle l'adore
Elle l'adore
Muriel is the number one fan of the popular singer Vincent Lacroix. She is also a bit of a dreamer, recounting stories of questionable veracity to her friends. She works as a beautician and has two children, although they live with her former husband.

Vincent meanwhile has a girlfriend, Julie, who is a bit highly strung, and one evening 'loses it' because Vincent is playing poker with some friends. The friends leave, Vincent and Julie fight, and Julie is killed as a result of a terrible accident.

Les anarchistes
Les Anarchistes
Set in Paris in 1899, Jean Albertini is a normal policeman who is taken aside by a superior and asked to infiltrate an anarchists' group. He gets himself a job at the nail factory, a hellish sort of place where the workers have plenty to grumble about, and where members of the group are employed. He strikes up a particular friendship with Elisée Mayer, after 'saving' him during a police raid, which itself was a set-up to enable Jean to prove his loyalty to the group.

Hors la loi
Hors la loi
This film is set against the backdrop of the Algerian independence movement. It follows the life of three brothers from the end of the Second World War up to Algerian independence in 1962, although we are in fact first introduced to them when, as children, their father's land was taken away from the family in Algeria.

The film has attracted controversy in respect of historical accuracy, with accusations that it portrays the French as the villains, while likening the Algerians to the Resistance during the War.

Un Prophète
Un prophète
This is a crime thriller based around a French prison where a Corsican gang leader, César, and his henchmen effectively run the place. A young Arab prisoner, Malik, arrives and is quickly picked out by César as a useful asset.

To gain César's protection, which is worth having in what is a very dangerous environment, he must do a 'little job' for him - kill another inmate. From this point on he becomes César's property, while being haunted by his victim.

We follow the journey of two Africans from Burkina Faso through Algeria and Libya before eventually reaching Italy. It contains all the ingredients that we have become accustomed to seeing regularly on the news. A trek across a desert, robbed by bandits who were probably primed by the very people who were arranging their passage, and finally the perilous boat journey to Italy.

This film shows graphically what it must be like to be dependant on a range of people who for the most part wish you weren't there.

I'm not sure how to categorise this film. In parts it's quite brutal, but I think it passes as a comédie noire.

The film opens with a bourgeois couple, Paul and Hélène, he a totally self-absorbed business man, and she the working wife who takes care of everything else. They are dashing off somewhere when a woman runs down the middle of the road towards their car screaming for them to open the door.

La Jalousie
La jalousie
Set in Paris, and filmed in extremely contrasty black and white, this film begins with Louis leaving his partner, Clothilde, with whom he has a daughter, Charlotte, to start a new relationship with Claudia. He and Claudia are both actors, although Claudia isn't working and is somewhat depressed because of this. They live in a garret, which may sound very romantic, but is actually depressing for Claudia who wants something better.

Nicolas, an HGV driver, is doing his best to bring up his two girls, Maria and Suzanne, their mother having died when they were young. At first Maria appears to be the 'wild child' of the pair, but it is Suzanne who becomes pregnant and has a child, much to her father's shame.

Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)
André and Danièle Bamberki have two children, a son and a daughter, Kalinka. Dieter Krombach is a German doctor who helps the family when their car goes off the road, injuring Kalinka. He becomes very attentive towards Danièle and they end up having an affair, which leads to André divorcing her.

Mal de pierres
Mal de pierres
Set in 1950s Provence, Marion Cotillard plays a troubled young woman, Gabrielle, who is seeking more from life than her humble existence on a lavender farm is offering. After an embarrassing public scene where her teacher, a married man, rejects her advances, her mother is desperate to get her settled in marriage.
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