Romania in the 1920s. Marie-Thérèse Von Debretsy (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) refuses the advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to ... See full summary »
Kristin Scott Thomas,
In order to save the man she loves from jail, Mathilde takes his place by helping his break-out. While she exclusively relies on him to survive in this prison setting, Mathilde has not ... See full summary »
As loyal as a dove, a family man is about to tell his first lie to his wife when he falls for an enchanting woman in a billowy red dress. With a bit of help, he just might get what he wishes for; however, is love always a bed of roses?
Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. ... See full summary »
The year is 1952, in Québec City, Québec. Rachel (Suzanne Clément), sixteen, unmarried, and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young Priest under... See full summary »
This a beautiful May evening. The sun has just set behind the hill. Tonight the inhabitants of the Le Corbusier housing unit are going to experience a slight change of program. They are all... See full summary »
An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »
This movie tells the story of Bruno (Daniel Auteuil), a Communist newspaper journalist suffering a mid-life crisis. Torn between his wife Gaëlle (Emmanuel Devos) and his young girlfriend ... See full summary »
Kristin Scott Thomas,
As Edgar Foster of the U.S. Consulate is being driven to meet with Jean Poiblanc, the car displays an American flag with 50 stars, first introduced in 1960, though the movie takes place in 1940. See more »
This little gem gives us an interesting sociological view - showing the reaction and behaviour of the French people during the last days before the Nazi occupation of their country. The film shows us how normal, undistinguished Frenchmen, military personnel included, retained a sense of decency in the face of the "debacle", the rapid conquest of their country by the German army. They did not necessarily like the refugees in their charge, nor were they pro-semitic (like most French people at the time, most of them were probably mildly anti-semitic), but they were decent people, and they knew of the dangers awaiting those refugees once the Germans arrived. It is interesting to note that a higher percentage of Jews survived in France than in any other German-occupied country - again a testament of the decency of this much-maligned people. Watch Ticky Holgado as the "midi" army captain who follows his humane orders - to get the train to Bayonne - without actually evincing interest in the refugees themselves, a true Frenchman as has ever been presented on screen.
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