Swell.French.Moviesby Deleauvive | created - 18 Aug 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
A saucerful (well, half full) of French movies I thoroughly enjoyed watching...
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1. Vatel (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.
Votes: 7,115 | Gross: $0.05M
2. The Story of O (1975)
NC-17 | 97 min | Drama
Photographer O's lover takes her to a Château, where she is, like other women there, naked, humiliated by whipping, sexual abuse by men etc. When O leaves, her lover gives her to his much older step-brother.
Rated NC-17, male chauvinism all over but gorgeous picture
3. Night Wind (1999)
95 min | Drama
Hélène is unhappy with her marriage but finds some comfort and relief with Paul, a young art student. They reflect on their differences of age, backgrounds and also what truly connects them... See full summary »
4. Subway (1985)
R | 104 min | Thriller
On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.
Votes: 13,343 | Gross: $0.39M
5. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 966,620 | Gross: $19.50M
Rated R (should be PG-13, more likely)
6. Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
88 min | Comedy
Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.
7. Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)
72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »
8. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 76,799 | Gross: $1.79M
9. HS - hors service (2001)
95 min | Comedy, Crime
Some violence, male chauvinism
11. Black for Remembrance (1995)
92 min | Thriller
Seventeen years after the disappearance of the little Garance, her parents are harassed and intimidated by a mysterious voice that mimics that of their lost little girl.
12. Le Furet (2003)
88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
From his locksmith's shop, a simple guy dreams of becoming a crime boss, at the wheel of his Cadillac surrounded by blonde bimbos. He starts small, assassinating petty criminals. Gaining ... See full summary »
13. A Crime in Paradise (2001)
89 min | Comedy
In the 1980 French countryside, farmer Jojo and his ill-tempered wife Lulu hate each other, though their respective interests speak against divorce. The only thing that keeps the oppressed ... See full summary »
14. The Professional (1981)
Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.
15. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.
Votes: 60,197 | Gross: $11.26M
16. The Three Brothers (1995)
105 min | Comedy
Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all. The... See full summary »
17. The Toy (1976)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A poor journalist finds himself as a toy of a boss' son. Making friends with a naughty child, he tries to save him from the cruel power of his father.
18. La Chevre (1981)
91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A daughter of a millionaire, distinguish by incredible bad luck, goes missing. The idea how to find her is either insane or brilliant - to send after her an equally unlucky person.
19. The Visitors (1993)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A medieval knight and his servant ask a familiar wizard to move them back in time to prevent father-in-law's accidentally killing. Instead, they fly away to the 20th century.
Votes: 30,366 | Gross: $0.70M
20. Bunker paradise (2005)
109 min | Drama
A cab driver is torn between disgust and contempt towards a small clique of rich, decadent, misanthropic friends and his secret wish to be one of them, when he drives their dying friend to their doorstep one night.
21. Farinelli (1994)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Farinelli is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes a very famous ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,036 | Gross: $2.12M
22. Marcel Proust's Time Regained (1999)
169 min | Drama, Romance, War
A lush, elegant epic taking us on a time-swirling trip down the infinitely complex labyrinth that is Marcel Proust's memory lane.
Votes: 2,130 | Gross: $0.46M
23. Mina Tannenbaum (1994)
128 min | Drama
The film tells the story of two girls who are of totally different character. They know each other since their childhood and were friends until they became teenagers. But growing up and ... See full summary »
Votes: 890 | Gross: $0.10M
25. Taxi 3 (2003)
Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.
Votes: 38,523 | Gross: $0.50M
28. Savage Nights (1992)
126 min | Biography, Drama
Jean is young, gay, and promiscuous. Only after he meets one or two women, including Laura does he come to realize his bisexuality. Jean has to overcome a personal crisis (he is ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,083 | Gross: $0.66M
A few softcore scenes
29. Le parfum d'Yvonne (1994)
89 min | Drama, Romance
How the life of Victor Chmara toppled during the course of a single day during the summer of 1958 ?
Diffused nudity. Thin plot but utterly evocative if you're in the right mood.
30. No Smoking (1993)
298 min | Comedy, Drama
In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,600 | Gross: $0.06M
Smoking is the better one
31. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.
Votes: 46,238 | Gross: $3.12M
34. Tout ça... pour ça! (1993)
120 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Marie, a young lawyer, leaves with her husband Fabrice and a couple of friends, Francis and Alessandra. They are engaged in a dangerous sentimental game together, from which their relations will not come out unseemly.
35. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 41,115 | Gross: $0.04M
36. Le grand pardon (1982)
130 min | Drama
With the help of his binoculars, commissioner Duche monitors from his car the reception at the villa of Raymond Bettoun, the head of the clan of Jewish Pied-Noir.
37. Les Carabiniers (1963)
80 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits.
38. 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of a Parisian housewife/prostitute, interspersed with musings on the Vietnam War and other contemporary issues.
Votes: 6,025 | Gross: $0.10M
39. Time Masters (1982)
78 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Piel, a 7 or 8 year old boy, is alone on the desert planet Perdide, only survivor of an attack by giant hornets. Calling for help, Piel's father's friend Jaffar keeps contact with the kid ... See full summary »
Great old school anime. Deeply moving and masterfully crafted.
40. The Sucker (1965)
111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Criminals have chosen an ordinary man to carry drugs and jewels in his car across the border. The problem is that this man turned out too much ordinary.
41. Story of Women (1988)
108 min | Drama, Romance
Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,599 | Gross: $0.44M
42. Le fils préféré (1994)
100 min | Drama
Nicole Garcia's film shows a family through an adult man's figure, and his weekdays. The main character is one of the sons of an old and ill man who is in hospital nowadays. The father has ... See full summary »
43. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed all twist their way through an intricate and stylish French-language thriller.
Votes: 11,198 | Gross: $0.11M
44. Contempt (1963)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance
Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.
Votes: 25,926 | Gross: $0.04M