BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013)

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Directed By: Abdellatif Kechiche
Written By: Abdellatif Kechiche & Ghalia Lacroix
Adapted from: the comic book “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude” by: Julie Maroh Cinematography By: Sofian El Fani
Editor: Sophie Brunet, Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle & Camille Toubkis 


Cast: Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulus, Salim Kechiouche, Aurellen Recoing, Catherine Salee, Benjamin Siksou, Alma Jodorosky

*Please note that some trivia and facts have been republished from imdb among other sources In this review

Adèle is a high school student who is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She dates men but finds no satisfaction with them sexually, and is rejected by a female friend who she does desire. She dreams of something more. She meets Emma who is a free spirited girl whom Adèle’s friends reject due to her sexuality, and by association most begin to reject Adèle. Her relationship with Emma grows into more than just friends as she is the only person with whom she can express herself openly. Together, Adèle and Emma explore social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional spectrum of their maturing relationship

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THE WORLD IS YOURS (2018)

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Directed By: Romain Gavras
Written By: Romain Gavras, Noe Debre & Karim Boukercha
Cinematography: Andre Chemetoff
Editor: Benjamin Weill
Music By: Jamie XX & SebastiAn

Cast: Karim Leklou, Oulaya Amamra, Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Cassel, Sam Spruell, Gabby Rose, Ladj Ly

A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can’t afford it. To escape, he must accept one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother.

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THE INTOUCHABLES (2012)

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Written & Directed By: Oliver Nakache & Eric Toledan
Cinematography By: Ludovico Einaudi
Editor: Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot, Anne Le Ny, Clotide Mollet

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire that is interviewing candidates for the position of his caretaker with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks to Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position to receive his unemployment insurance. Philippe challenges Driss and offers a period of adaptation of one week to him to gain experience helping him. Then Driss would decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the bet and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

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ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960)

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Directed By: Louis Malle
Written By: Louis Malle & Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Based on the Novel By: Raymond Queneau
Cinematography: Henry Raichi
Editor: Kenout Peltier 


Cast: Catherine Demongeot, Phillipe Noiret, Hubert Dechamps, Carla Marlier, Annie Fratellini 


With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle’s not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

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FORBIDDEN GAMES (1952)

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Directed By: Rene Clement
Written By: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost & Francois Boyer
Based On The Novel By: Francois Boyer
Cinematography: Robert Juillard
Editor: Roger Dwyre 


Cast: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Jaques Marin 


A girl of perhaps five or six is orphaned in an air raid while fleeing a French city with her parents early in World War II. She is befriended by a pre-adolescent peasant boy after she wandered away from the other refugees, and is taken in for a few weeks by his family. The children become fast friends, and the film follows their attempt to assimilate the deaths they both face, and the religious rituals surrounding those deaths, through the construction of a cemetery for all sorts of animals. Child-like and adult activity are frequently at cross-purposes.

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KNIFE + HEART (2019)

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Directed By: Yann Martinez
Written By: Yann Martinez & Cristiano Mangione
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Editor: Raphael Leferve
Music By: M83 


Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Katie Moran, Jonathan Genet, Felix Maritaud, Romane Bohringer, Elina Lowensohn, Pierre Pirol, Jacques Nolot 


Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flamboyant sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside down.

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WATER LILIES (2007)

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Written & Directed By: Celine Sciamma
Cinematography: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Julien Lacheray 


Cast: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachere, Adele Haenel, Warren Lacquin 


Three girls, each about 15, deal with puberty, the onset of sexual attraction, and, for two, the pressure of virginity. Marie, who’s slight and diffident, quiet and nearly expressionless, is friends with Anne, who’s a bit chunky and impulsive and has decided that François will be her first love. Watching synchronized swimming, Marie is suddenly attracted to the team captain, Floriane, beautiful, aloof, tall, and rumored to be a slut. François pursues her. Marie begins to hang around her; they trade favors, and soon it’s an odd sort of friendship. Each of the three experiences her own first, and Marie must sort out attraction and friendship.

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CLIMAX (2019)

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Written & Directed By: Gaspar Noe
Cinematography: Benoit Debie
Editor: Denis Bedlow & Gaspar Noe 

Cast: Sofia Boutella, Sarah Belala, Romain Guillermic, Souhelia Yacoub 


In the mid 90’s 20 French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it’s soon impossible for them to resist to their neuroses and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.


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YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (JEUNE AND JOLIE) (2013)

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Written & Directed By: Francois Ozon
Cinematography: Pascal Marti
Editor: Laure Gardette 


Cast: Marine Vacth, Geraldine Pailhas, Charlotte Rampling, Fredtic Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Laysen 


After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

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