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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

    Mediterranea

  • Chaos

    Chaos

  • Jalousie

    La jalousie

  • Suzanne

    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

    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

    Chocolat

  • L'Atessa

    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

    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

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1905 - The Winds of Passion
"1905" (The Winds of Passion)
In 1905 a French Law was passed establishing secularism, which among other things meant that religion could no longer be taught in state schools. When Marie Dutilleul returns to her home village as a teacher, her adherence to the new law sets her against the local priest and her grandfather.

At this time France was also divided over the Dreyfus affair and Marie's brother Pierre is against the recent pardoning of Dreyfus, while also being heavily influenced by and ultimately joining an ultra religious priesthood.

Marie in no time falls foul of the priest and soon after is all but disowned by her grandfather. Into this mix comes Julien, an assistant to the Prefect, and as such responsible for enforcing the new law. Pierre doesn't like him because of his role but Marie, who was his childhood sweetheart, falls in love.

When Julien receives a promotion he proposes to Marie, and they relocate to Limoges. Despite some friction with the head of her new school, all is going well until Pierre turns up. Marie helps him, unbeknown to Julien, and this has a very unfortunate outcome.

This is an interesting study of a devout woman who is quite happy to teach in accordance with the edicts of the new law while still keeping her faith. Unfortunately many around her are not as willing to accept this duality.

Filmed in the Limousin region the film's setting is full of bucolic charm.

The date 1905 probably means very little to non French audiences, the film being retitled as The Winds of Passion for the British market.

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