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They say that French is the language of love, so it's not surprising that there are a lot of French romantic films. Many are in the comedy genre, although these are generally very different from the more usual Hollywood Rom-Coms. Others are much more serious, dealing with the sometimes harsh realities of life.
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  • Amour

    Amour

  • L'Hermine

    L'Hermine

  • 20 ans d'écart

    20 ans d'écart

  • L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

    L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

  • Gemma Bovery

    Gemma Bovery

  • Grand Central

    Grand Central

  • Mon Roi

    Mon Roi

  • Souvenir

    Souvenir

  • Pause

    Pause

  • La Belle Époque

    La Belle Époque

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • 3 Coeurs

    3 Coeurs

  • Le Mépris

    Le Mépris

  • Mademoiselle Chambon

    Mademoiselle Chambon

  • Tu mérites un amour

    Tu mérites un amour

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Mademoiselle Chambon
Mademoiselle Chambon
In a small town Jean is a builder, happily married to Anne-Marie. In an early scene we see them struggle to help their son Jérémy with his grammar homework, proving that many French adults no more understand the technicalities of French grammar than do English people English grammar!

This uneventful life is disrupted when Jean goes to collect Jérémy from school, after his wife hurts her back at work. There he meets Jérémy's teacher, Véronique Chambon, who appears to be instantly attracted to him. Later, he replaces a window at her apartment where he asks her to play the violin for him, having seen a photograph of her playing. She is at first reluctant but agrees. At this point we see that her interest in him is being reciprocated as the two of them listen to a CD of the tune she played.

Here we have a clear coup de foudre, two people who are instantly attracted to each other. For him this is of course complicated and the two of them resist deeper involvement. But there is a depth of passion that neither can ignore and both Jean's wife and his workmates notice that he has 'changed'.

This film explores the relationship largely through the visual chemistry between the two principal players, much being left unsaid while at the same time being clear for all to see.

Although the film is light on dialogue between the main players, what there is is quite accessible if you have reasonably good French comprehension.
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