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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

  • Apr├Ęs 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

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Belleville Story
Belleville Story
This film has the feel of what we used to call a B Movie, or in this case a téléfilm. It's basically a gangster movie, although here the players are very much at the amateur end of the underworld spectrum.

Belleville is an area in the 20th arrondissement in the north-east of Paris. It includes a Chinese quarter and this is the setting for the film. Freddy works with Jedzec and they get on the wrong side of the local Chinese gang. To redeem themselves Freddy is charged with finding a new Chinese man in town, who they want eliminated.

Freddy looks tough but has a heart, a large part of which is devoted to Larna, who's under the control of Jedzec. Familiar with the Chinese quarter he soon identifies the new man in town - Mr Zhu, an inscrutable gentleman who is in Paris to find a young Chinese girl and return her to her parents in China.

The action has a hint of the Jackie Chan about it, without the Kung Fu, although one half expects Mr Zhu to oblige at any minute. It's a mix of violence and humour, which caused me to categorise it as drama.

Everybody seems to know of Mr Zhu, and fear him, although he certainly doesn't present as an obvious threat. Freddy becomes Zhu's unofficial student as they bumble through one incident after another. Although when Larna is threatened by the Chinese, Freddy's loyalties become hopelessly divided.

At the beginning I was thinking that this film had little to offer, but as it unfolded I found myself quite absorbed by its naivety, and charmed by the much put-upon Freddy as he tries to steer his way through a succession of challenging situations.




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