Film Descriptions

L'Amant double [The Double Lover]
François Ozon
France | 2017 | 107 min.

Chloe, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover has psychological problems of his own.  Based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, this is the latest film by acclaimed director François Ozon.


L'Autre côté de novembre [The Other Side of November]
Maryanne Zéhil
Canada | 2016 | 85 min.

Lea is a neurosurgeon in her fifties who lives in Quebec. Layla is a dressmaker of the same age, living in a village in Lebanon. One day, both start to have memory failures. Each one goes back in time to a certain foggy night in November. What happened that night? What are they to each other? And who is that woman who resurfaces from the past and whom both women seem to have known? At one point in our lives, a choice can appear as a key that opens a door while closing others. The Other Side of November is about all the doors that were left open.


Le Crime de Monsieur Lange [The Crime of Monsieur Lange]
Jean Renoir
France | 1936, 80 min.

A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the Belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from a description circulated by the police, who say that Monsieur Lange is wanted for murder in Paris.  Before they turn him in, his friend Valentine urges them to listen to the whole story: Lange worked in a print shop run by a Monsieur Batala.  Batala was “a real bastard,” swindling every one, forcing women into bed with him, the typical corrupt capitalist boss.  One day he flees to avoid his creditors.  In his absence the workers set up a cooperative to keep the print shop going.  Thanks to Lange’s comic book character Arizona Jim, the coop soon becomes a huge success.  But Monsieur Batala returns…
One of the best films by one of the world’s greatest directors.


Douze jours [Twelve Days]
Raymond Depardon
France | 2018 | 87 min.

By French law, anyone admitted into the hospital without their consent must be seen by a judge within 12 days. That judge must decide whether these psychiatric hospital patients can be allowed back into society.  A revealing, provocative film that documents the inherent conflicts between the need to understand and deal with mental illness and the obligation to obey the law. 


Le Grand méchant rendard et autres contes [The Big Bad Fox and Other Stories]
Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
France/Belgium | 2017 | 83 min.

Whoever said the countryside is calm and peaceful?  In it live some very mal-adjusted characters.  For example, there’s a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas.  If you want to take a vacation, keep on driving.  Or come and see this movie, and bring the kids.


Happy End
Michael Haneke
France | 2017 | 107 min.

A middle-class family living in Calais deal with a series of setbacks while trying to ignore the grim conditions in the refugee camps within a few miles of their home. 

“If you are even only a little familiar with the work of the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, it will come as no surprise that he does not regard instant messaging and smartphones as positive developments for humanity.” (Glenn Kenny, in The New York Times.)

Le Jeune Karl Marx [Young Karl Marx]
Raoul Peck
Allemagne/France | 2017 | 118 min.

26 year-old Karl Marx and his wife, Jenny, arrive in Paris in 1844 on the road to exile. There he runs into Friedrich Engels, the son of an industrialist, who has been investigating the unpromising birth of the British working class. Engels, a dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, despite censorship and police repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement into a modern era. 

The latest film by Raoul Peck, director of I Am Not Your Negro.


Montparnasse Bienvenüe [Jeune femme] 
Léonore Serraile
France | 2017 | 97 min.

            Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she's determined to make a new start and she'll do it with style and panache.  “A nous deux, Paris!” as Balzac’s hero said.  But in 2017 Rastignac is a young woman and Paris ain’t what it used to be.  


Mehdi Idir, Grand Corps Malade
France | 2017 | 110 min.

            After a serious accident in a swimming pool, Ben, now an incomplete quadriplegic, arrives in a rehabilitation center where he meets with other handicapped persons, all victims of accidents, as well as someone who has been handicapped since early childhood. Together they go through impotence, despair and rage, while learning how to move a finger or hold a fork. Some of them slowly find a little mobility while others receive the verdict of the handicap for life. Despite everything, hope and friendship germinate and bloom. 


Petit paysan [Bloody Milk]
Hubert Charuel
France | 2017 | 90 min.

            Pierre, in his thirties, is a breeder of dairy cattle. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister and his parents whose livestock he took over. As the first cases of a zoonotic outbreak are reported in France, Pierre discovers that one of his animals is infected. He cannot accept the killing of the whole herd. They are everything he has.  He will do anything to save them.

Sage femme [The Midwife]
Martin Provost
France | 2017 | 117 min.

            Claire is a midwife who has devoted her life to others. At a moment when she is preoccupied by the closure of the maternity clinic where she works, her life is further turned upside down when Beatrice, her father's former mistress, turns up on the scene.  Capricious and selfish, Beatrice is Claire's exact opposite.  But the two of them end up hitting it off as if they were Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot.


Le Semeur [The Sower]
Marine Francen
France/Belgique | 2017 | 98 min.

Violette is old enough to marry in 1852 when her mountain village is deprived of all its men, because of brutal repressions ordered by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. For months the women live in isolation, cut off from the world, and their men. Desperate to see them again someday, they take an oath: if a man arrives, he will belong to everyone. 

Co-starring Géraldine Pailhas, who graced our Festival with her visit in 2016.


Tout nous sépare [All That Divides Us]
Thierry Klifa
France | 2017 | 99 min.

            “Klifa’s previous films (His Mother’s EyesFamily Hero, both featuring Deneuve) brought several disparate characters together in a single location, or else via crosscutting and plot mechanics. Here, the director, working with co-writer Cedric Anger (The Counsel), uses drugs and murder to connect the seemingly un-connectable: a matronly boss, Louise (Deneuve), her manic druggie daughter, Julia (Kruger), and the violent hood rats Rodolphe (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and Ben (rapper Nekfeu).”  Hollywood Reporter.


Visages villages
Agnès Varda et JR
France | 2017 | 89 min.

89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.



A Voix haute [Speak Up]
Stéphane de Freitas, Ladj Ly
France | 2017 | 99 min.

            Each year students at the University of Saint-Denis participate in the "Eloquentia" competition for the "Best Orator of 93" ("93" being the suburb of Paris where Saint-Denis is located).  Many of these students are recent immigrants for whom French is not their native language. With help from teachers and friends, they learn the daunting skills of public speaking.  Equipped with these skills, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy, and others try to become "Best Orator of 93."