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Jean-Pierre Melville’s L’ Armée des ombres (1969) - Trailer (via Moon878)

L’ Armée des ombres trailer video

Non ma fille, tu n’iras pas danser (Christophe Honoré, 2009)

Ever since she broke up with Nigel, Lena soldiers on through life as best she can with her two kids. She valiantly overcomes the obstacles put in her way. But she has yet to confront the worst of them: Her unstoppable family has decided, by any means necessary, to make her happy.

Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser trailer video

Le père de mes enfants (2009)

Based loosely on the life of revered French producer Humbert Balsan Father of My Children revolves around Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), a man who seemingly has everything: a wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema - free and true to life - is his raison dêtre. Grégoire devotes almost all his time and energy to his work. Except on weekends, which he spends in the country with his family - gentle interludes, precious and fragile. With his exceptional charisma, Grégoire commands admiration. He seems invincible. Yet his prestigious production company, Moon Films, is on its last legs. Despite this Grégoire ploughs on at all costs. Where will his blind obstinacy lead him? Father of My Children is both a tribute to the trials and tribulations of film making and a moving meditation on loss and remembrance.

Le Père de mes Enfants video trailer

Un barrage contre le pacifique (Rithy Panh, 2008):

Deceived into investing all of her savings in worthless, regularly flooded farmland, incapable of supporting crops and perilously close to the ocean, THE SEA WALL tells the compelling story of one mothers fight to protect her family - Joseph (Gaspard Ulliel, The Vintners Luck, Hannibal Rising, A Very Long Engagement) and Suzanne (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) from destitution at the hands of a corrupt administration.

Battling both the colonial bureaucrats and nature itself, she enlists the help of the local villagers, putting into place an elaborate scheme: building a dam against the sea to secure the future of both her family and the local community.

Un barrage contre le pacifique trailer video

L’épine dans le coeur (2009) trailer

From 1952 to 1986, Suzette worked as a primary school teacher in various schools throughout the Cévennes. In front of the camera of her nephew, Michel Gondry, she recounts her daily adventures and thus allows him to discover a heretofore misunderstood family situation.

L'épine dans le coeur Michel Gondry video trailer

Hors la loi (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010):

After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.
Hors la loi video trailer

conservativeradical:

Certified Copy, the new film from Abbas Kiarostami, the award-winning Iranian filmmaker, producer, and writer. Matt Noller of the House Next Door described the film as the ‘first genuinely great film of Cannes 2010’. He describes it as something like a “Tuscan Before Sunset”, and a “self-aware commentary on art, as well as an examination of reflection, imitation, and performance in love and life.” It stars Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimmell.  Check out two more trailers here.

Copie Conforme video trailer

Godard’s last film, Film Socialisme (2010) discusses a symphony in three movements.

Things such as:
A Mediterranean cruise. Numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday…

Our Europe:
At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned their parents to appear before the court of their childhood. The children demand serious explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

Our humanities:
Visits to six sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona.

Jean-Luc Godard film socialisme trailer

Enter the Void (2009) trailer

Death takes one man on a journey that is by turns beautiful and terrifying in this feature from writer and director Gaspar Noe, who describes it as “a psychedelic melodrama.” Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) is a small time drug dealer who sells his wares at a club in Tokyo called “The Void.” In the midst of a deal that goes sour, Oscar is shot dead, and finds himself crossing from one plane of existence to the next. When he was younger, Oscar made a pledge to his younger sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) to always look after her, and as his soul leaves his body, the spirit is led on a journey through Tokyo, past traditional consciousness and into the moment of human creation as he struggles to be reunited with Linda, who now works as an exotic dancer.

It comes out in France, May 5, 2010.

Enter the Void Gaspar Noe trailer video

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Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) trailer 

An adventure set in the early party of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec Luc Besson trailer

Pour elle (Fred Cavayé, 2008):

Lisa (Diane Kruger) and Julien (Vincent Lindon) are a happily married couple, still passionately in love, who lead a normal life together with their young son Oscar. But their lives are turned upside down when one morning, completely out of the blue, the police come to arrest Lisa for a brutal murder. She is found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison which threatens to break the family apart. Julien makes it his mission to prove his wife’s innocence and will stop at nothing to get her out of prison. But is Lisa innocent and how far will Julien go to save her?

Pour elle trailer video

35 Shots of Rum is the story of a father and daughter living in a working class Parisian neighborhood. The daughter, Josephine, a university student; is on the verge of leaving the family nest and making her own way in the world. She feels obliged to stay and take care of her father, Lionel, filling the role her mother used to have. Lionel feels responsible for needing her so much, yet helpless to let her go.

35 rhums trailer video

La belle et la bête (1946) trailer narrated by director, Jean Cocteau.

La belle et la bête Jean Cocteau trailer

L’heure d’été (Olivier Assayas, 2008):

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother’s succession.

L'heure d'été trailer video

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky trailer

"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" is set in 1920’s Paris where Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion and Igor Stravinsky, displaced by the Russian Revolution, is living destitute in Paris with his family and suffering from a disastrous reaction to an early production of his ballet. The pair is introduced and the attraction is immediate - the two embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists.

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky trailer video