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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

  • Une saison en France

    Une saison en France

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Une saison en France
Une saison en France
We're introduced Abbas and his two children, who await the determination of an application for asylum. He is in Paris having fled the Central African Republic after his wife was killed by rebels. He was a French teacher in Africa and his brother, Etienne, who was a philosophy teacher in Africa, is also in Paris.

His claim seems on the face of it well founded. Persecution and risk of death if he were to return. But the French asylum system is harsh and his application and subsequent appeal are rejected. He then has 30 days to leave France or will be deported.

Abbas had a job at a fruit and flower market where he had met Carole, a florist of Polish origin. They formed a relationship although he was still suffering nightmares and continuing thoughts about his dead wife.

As the 30 days gradually melt away we witness a tender relationship between Abbas and Carole, he and the children moving into her flat when his landlord evicts them. Abbas is a good man with two lovely children, Asma and Yacine. His son Asma is very upset by their predicament, and blames his father, while his daughter Yacine is delightful and comforts her father.

Meanwhile his brother Etienne one day returns to his shanty home to find it burnt out, with anti immigrant graffiti on the nearby wall. This deeply affects him and he rejects Abbas' offer of help. The events that then follow are quite shocking.

All through this film I half expected a happy outcome. But while there is much warmth while watching Carole and Abbas, and the children as a new family, especially on the occasion of Carole's birthday, in the end the system wins and I was left feeling nothing short of disgust.

A film that should be compulsory viewing for the moral education of both young and old alike.
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