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10e Chambre — Instants d’audience (10th District Court)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Raymond Depardon (2004)
Documentary film; real-life moments of courtroom drama in the 10th arrondissement of Paris; Over the course of several days, varied cases come before Judge Michèle Bernard-Requin. This film gives an insider’s perspective on the French judicial system, but also on truth, guilt, and human nature.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 47 minutes

 

Les 16 de Basse-Pointe
Region 2 (PAL) DVD 2-discs
Camille Mauduech (2008)
In 1948, during a strike on a sugar cane plantation in Martinique, a white overseer, Guy de Fabrique, was killed in 36 shots and found dead in a sugar cane field in his charge.  After several weeks of investigation, 16 black cane cutters were arrested and sentenced for three years in prison. The first part of the documentary is comprised of interviews with witnesses and the relatives of the 16 cane cutters regarding their views of this whole event. The second part of the documentary talks about how this case was brought back to Bordeaux, the former slave port, in 1951 and what kind of role colonialism played in this whole trial. 
In French with optional French or English subtitles
Disc 1: 1 hour 48 minutes
Disc 2, Partie 1: 53 minutes
Disc 2, Partie 2: 51 minutes

 

18 ans après
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Coline Serreau (2003)
Comedy; Eighteen years later, the cast of Trois hommes et un couffin reunite. Marie, now a teenager, passes her baccalaureate exam and leaves her three fathers in Paris to spend the summer in the south of France with her mother Sylvie…and Sylvie’s husband and two adopted sons. Jacques, Michel, and Pierre struggle with letting go of their little girl and soon also meet up with the rest of the family in the south. One giant patchwork-family vacation leads to many lessons learned for all.
In French with optional French captioning and English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

24 heures de la vie d’une femme
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Laurent Bouhnik (2002)
Drama; Louis, a retired diplomat, returns to the French Riviera to rediscover the setting of a troubling moment of his adolescence. A chance encounter with the young Olivia unlocks his memories of his mother and the tales of a mysterious widow. The three layers of this story recount the passionate moments of 24 exceptional hours in the lives of three different women.
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 45 minutes

 

35 rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Claire Denis (2008)
Living in the same apartment, a father and his daughter enjoy a close relationship. However, they begin to grow apart as they both find themselves getting closer to others. The father becomes romantically involved with his fellow neighbor/cab driver. Likewise, the daughter starts falling for another neighbor. Eventually there arises the question of whether or not their close familial bond can be sustained, and whether one can live without the other.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 42 minutes

 

À votre tour! 2nd Edition
FR 1.088
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
To accompany À votre tour! 2nd Edition textbook by Jean-Paul Valette and Rebecca M. Valette © 2007 Houghton Mifflin Company.
Captioned for the hearing-impaired

 

Abouna (Our Father)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (2002)
After Tahir and Amine’s father abandons their mother for no apparent reason, the two leave their village in the Republic of Chad and head toward Cameroon to search for him. Entering a local movie theater, they are astonished to see what appears to be their father in the film. The two decide to steal the reel of film to examine it, and are later caught and sent to a strict Koran school to learn discipline. Extremely unhappy in their new school, Amine and Tahir are determined to escape and continue their search. This is a powerful and unpredictable drama from the award-wining director of Bye-Bye Africa. Available extras include: interview with director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; two film shorts by Haroun, Goï Goï and B 400; original theatrical trailer; liner notes by film critic Phil Hall (Film Threat, Wired Magazine).
In Chad Arabic and French, with optional English subtitles
1 hour 24 minutes

 

L’affaire Dominici
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Pierre Boutron (2003)
Crime film based on a true story; In the summer of 1952, a family of English tourists is murdered in a rural village in the south of France. Police Commissioner Sébeille arrives to investigate the crime. With the help of public opinion as manipulated by the press, Sébeille succeeds in bringing to trial Gaston Dominici, the 75 year-old farmer on whose land the murders took place. One journalist, however, is convinced that the police don’t have the right man.
In French with optional French captioning
Part One: 1 hour 35 minutes
Part Two: 1 hour 45 minutes

 

L’amant (The Lover)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jean-Jacques Annaud (1992)
Drama; set in 1920s French Indochina, this film explores race and class in this colonial society through the relationship of a young French girl from a poor family (Jane March) and her Chinese aristocrat lover (Tony Leung Ka Fai). The pair struggles not only with the limitations placed on them by society and by their families, but with the boundaries of their own feelings for each other. Is their relationship founded solely on physical attraction or a deeper love? Based on Marguerite Duras’ autobiographical novel of the same title, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1984.
In French or English with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

Les amants du Pont-Neuf
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Léo Carax (1991)
Romance starring Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant; Michèle, a young artist living on the street, is losing her sight. She has a chance encounter one evening with Alex, a Parisian vagrant. Both homeless, they make a life together on the Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, which has been closed for renovation. When people from Michèle’s former life try to find her, will Alex’s possessiveness allow him to give her up?
In French, no subtitles
2 hours

 

Les amants réguliers
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Philippe Garrel (2005)
Drama starring Louis Garrel and Clotilde Hesme. François, a 20 year-old poet, participates in the student demonstrations in Paris in 1968. In the aftermath of their failed revolution, he and his artist friends live an empty existence. That’s when François meets the sculptor Lilie, and they attempt to navigate what a relationship means in the post-68 world; second DVD in set includes additional shorter films/presentations:
(1) Zanzibar, a documentary by Jackie Raynal about the artistic movement Zanzibar that began cerca May 1968. (26 minutes)
(2) 6 Cinématons by Gérard Courant highlighting the works of Zanzibar film directors Philippe Garrel, Daniel Pommereulle, Jackie Raynal, Patrick Deval, Frédéric Pardo, and Serge Bard. (21 minutes)
(3) Vite by Daniel Pommereulle. (33 minutes)
(4) Festival de Venise, a press conference and interviews with Clotilde Hesme and Louis Garrel.
In French, no subtitles
3 hours

 

Amélie
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD (2 discs)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
Film featuring Audrey Tautou as Amélie and Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino Quincampoix; story of a naive young waitress who sees the beauty in simple things and goes on a quest to bring happiness to others, all the while making her own way to happiness through imagination, creativity and innocence; a lighthearted, romantic tale of fate, love, and the importance of seizing life’s moments.
In French with option of English or Spanish subtitles
Scene selections option available; bonus disc includes: Look of Amélie (featurette in English), Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and cast, cast and crew filmographies, Fantasies of Audrey Tautou, audition footage of Audrey Tautou, Urbain Cancelier and Yolande Moreau, Inside the Making of Amélie (home movie), Amélie Scrapbook (behind the scenes photos), storyboards, theatrical trailers, French and American TV spots.
Film: 2 hours

 

L’Anglaise et le duc (The Lady and the Duke)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Eric Rohmer (2002)
This film, from the true-life diary entries of Lady Grace Elliott, the Scottish ex-mistress of both George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV) and Phillipe, the Duke of Orleans and cousin of King Louis XVI. Much of the film consists of conversations between the two main characters, marking milestones in their philosophical and passionate relationship. Although their friendship is tested by the events of the French Revolution and the “Reign of Terror,” and despite the fact that Elliott is a dedicated royalist — devoted to the King and Queen — and the Duke is a radical revolutionary, the two remain committed to each other. Chosen by “Les Cahiers du Cinéma” (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001. Available extras include theatrical trailers, widescreen presentation, interactive menus, and scene selections.
In French with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 9 minutes

 

L’antidote Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Vincent de Brus (2005)
Comedy starring Christian Clavier and Jacques Villeret. Jacques-Alain is the head of a major corporation that is about to close an important business deal. With the stress of his job, he starts having strange anxiety episodes, leaving him incapable of speaking properly. His psychiatrist tells him he is bothered by a childhood incident, and needs to search for his “antidote” – an object that will counteract the repressed memory that is bothering him. When Jacques-Alain discovers that only André’s presence can calm him, he must drag the awkward accountant along with him as he tries to close the deal despite cutthroat competition.
In French with optional French captioning
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Après Vous (After You)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Pierre Salvadori (2005)
Late for dinner with his girlfriend, Antoine Letoux cuts through a deserted park and stumbles upon a man attempting to kill himself. The kind-hearted and always solicitous Antoine brings Louis home to his apartment and decides he will help Louis straighten out his life. Antoine begins by finagling Louis a job as sommelier at the upscale restaurant where he is headwaiter, despite Louis’s neurotic anxieties that render him nearly incapable of human interaction. Learning of the woman who sent Louis spiraling into depression after she broke off their love affair, Antoine sets out to reunite his new friend with Blanche. Soon, however, Antoine finds himself deeply conflicted as he too begins to fall for Blanche, a lovely girl who works in a flower shop. The film’s comedic impact grows as Louis gains confidence and Antoine becomes increasingly unhinged. Amidst the three characters’ bumbling intrigues, director Pierre Salvadori finds a charming and hilarious tale of love and friendship gone slightly awry. Film veteran Daniel Auteuil stars as Antoine Letoux, with José Garcia as the obsessive lover Louis and Sandrine Kiberlain as Blanche.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Alain Chabat (2002)
Comedic adventure starring Gérard Depardieu. Christian Clavier and Monica Bellucci; Goofy live-action comedy based on the classic French comic book series. Cleopatra (Monica Bellucci) charges the architect Numérobis (Jamel Debbouze) with the task of building a palace for Julius Caesar in three months, to prove the talents of the Egyptian people. Faced with this impossible task, Numérobis journeys north to Gaul to fetch the only people who can help him: his friends Astérix (Christian Clavier), Obélix (Gérard Depardieu), and Panoramix (Claude Rich). This unconventional gang of heroes must race against the clock (well, hourglass) and overcome the sabotage efforts of Numérobis’s jealous rival. Will they finish the palace in time to please the queen Cleopatra?
In French with optional French captioning
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Au Petit Marguery (At Le Petit Marguery)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Laurent Bénégui (1995)
Chef Hyppolyte and his wife Joséphine have run the Petit Marguery happily for 26 years. It looked as they would run the place well into their old age, until Hyppolyte was diagnosed with olfactory cancer. Tomorrow they close the restaurant forever. But before they leave their home, they have gathered their family and friends for one last dinner to share delicious food and delightful memories.
French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Au revoir les enfants (Goodbye, Children)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Louis Malle (1987)
During World War II, Julien Quentin attends a Catholic boarding school for boys in rural France, where his mother hopes he will be safe from the realities of the German occupation of Paris. The boys must still deal with many of the harsh realities of wartime France from rationing of food and heating oil to tense encounters with the Nazi occupying forces. A mysterious new student arrives at the school that the boys immediately label as different. Julien’s reluctant friendship with this new boy eventually teaches him a powerful lesson in tolerance.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 41 minutes

 

L’auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Cédric Klapisch (2003)
Featuring Audrey Tautou as Martine and Romain Duris as Xavier; Xavier, a French college senior, realizes that a job in economics requires fluency in Spanish. In order to become a better candidate for the job, he decides to leave behind his mother and girlfriend Martine and spend a year studying in Spain. Finding lodging in a Barcelona apartment with students from all over Europe, Xavier learns more than he had planned about life, love, friendship, and fun.
French and Spanish audiotracks; option of English or Spanish subtitles and full- or wide-screen format
2 hours 2 minutes

 

Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Gérard Oury (1973)
Comedy starring Louis de Funès. The story of an extremely close-minded man caught up in an international espionage adventure. Jacob Plivert is forced to confront the stereotypes he lives with as he pretends to be a rabbi to escape from the clutches of international thugs.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

La belle personne (The Beautiful Person)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Christophe Honoré (2008)
This modern adaptation of the 16th-century novel La Princesse de Clèves by Madame de La Fayette focuses on Junie, a high school transfer student whose mother recently passed away. All the male students are smitten by her beauty, and she is particularly sought after by her cousin’s group of friends. After initially choosing one of her cousin’s friends, Junie begins to fall for one of her teachers, with whom she finds true happiness. Junie is left to decide between her classmate or (less appropriately) her teacher.
In French with optional English and Spanish subtitles
1 hour 38 minutes

 

Betty Fisher et autres histoires (Alias Betty)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Claude Miller (2001)
After Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) loses her son to an accident, her mentally unstable mother (Nicole Garcia) kidnaps a similar-looking boy from a poor neighborhood of Paris, setting in motion a variety of stories involving the kidnapped boy’s mother (a promiscuous woman who doesn’t particularly miss the child), her boyfriend (a man who becomes the prime suspect in the investigation), the kidnapped boy’s possible father (a gigolo whose current lover cuts off his funds), and Betty’s ex-husband (a writer who tries to blackmail Betty into resuming their relationship). A fascinating psychological thriller. Available extras include the making of the featurette, theatrical trailer, filmographies, weblinks, and French film trailer gallery.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 41 minutes

 

Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Dany Boon (2008)
Philippe Abrams is a post office manager in France. Hoping to be relocated to the south in order to invigorate his depressed wife, he fakes being handicapped. An instructor catches him in the act, and consequently Philippe gets relocated to northern France where the people speak a strange dialect and eat stranger food. Over time, however, Philippe grows to like the community and enjoys living there.
In French with optional subtitles in Chitimis, English, or French
1 hour 42 minutes

 

Biguine
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Guy Deslauriers & Patrick Chamoiseau (2005)
A colorful, sonorous journey to 19th-century Martinique. Hermansia and Tiquitaque leave behind work in the sugar plantations and come to the city of St-Pierre to make their living as musicians, bringing with them the traditional songs and instruments of Martinique’s rural black communities. Though the couple is enamored by the city at first, St-Pierre is reluctant to return the affection. Unfamiliar with the European instruments and music styles in demand, Hermansia and Tiquitaque cannot find employment as musicians and are forced to take domestic work to survive. But Hermansia’s gift of a clarinet to Tiquitaque will change not only their own fate, but the sound of Martinique’s music forever.
In French and Creole with optional English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

Bon voyage Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jean-Paul Rappeneau (2003)
Romance; set in World War II Paris, starring Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu. With the Nazis set to invade Paris in June 1940, the population of the city desperately flees south by train, car, foot, or any way possible. Among the various refugees are film actress Vivianne (Isabelle Adjani) and her lover (Gérard Depardieu), a minister in the French government; her former sweetheart (Grégori Derangère), who has taken the blame for a murder she committed and now escaped from prison; a young physics student (Virginie Ledoyen) and her professor, who are trying to preserve a vital scientific discovery from the invading enemy. These characters and others cross paths in Bordeaux on their way to the relative safety of southern France in this complex and often comic tale.
In French with optional English, Portuguese or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

 

Bon voyage — Édition Collector 2 DVD
Region 2 (PAL) DVDs
Jean-Paul Rappeneau (2003)
Romance, set in World War II Paris, starring Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu; Disc 2 features: “La double vie de Jean-Paul Rappeneau” (making of), interviews with the film’s actors, Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s commentary on special effects, filmography of Jean-Paul Rappeneau.
In French with optional French captioning
Film: 1 hour 54 minutes

 

Le bonheur d’Elza (Elza)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Mariette Monpierre (2011)
Autobiographical film shot on the island of Guadeloupe. Elza, a Parisian girl who has just earned her master’s degree breaks her mother’s heart by running back to her native island of Guadeloupe to look for the father about whom she knows virtually nothing. Pretending to be the babysitter of her father’s granddaughter Caroline, she enters her father’s life.  She discovers all kinds of secrets and problems that her father’s current family has and shows special sympathy to Caroline, because the little girl’s parents are never there. Elza helps the girl’s dad gain back custody of his daughter, so that the little girl need not experience the pain that Elza suffered throughout her young life. Finally, Elza’s father accepts his long-lost daughter.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 18 minutes

 

Caché (Hidden)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Michael Haneke (2005)
Award-winning (Cannes 2005 Best Director) psychological thriller starring Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche; Georges, a well-known literary talk-show host, begins to receive anonymous violent sketches and surveillance tapes of himself and his family. With the police unwilling to open an investigation, as the mysterious packages present no direct threat, Georges is left on his own. His stalker’s increasingly manipulative messages lead Georges down a dark, disturbing path to recall forgotten childhood events that put into question his friendships, his family relationships, and his own character.
In French with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 58 minutes

 

La cage dorée (The Gilded Cage)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Ruben Alves (2013)
The Gilded Cage is the story of the Riberos, a working class Portuguese immigrant family living in Paris. For thirty years, José and Maria have lived comfortably with their two children, Pedro and Paula, in the concierge apartment of an apartment building. When José receives a letter saying that his brother in Portugal has died and left their family home to him, the family immediately begins to consider how they can break the news to their friends. However, when word gets out that the Riberos are planning on leaving, everyone they know conspires together to find a way to keep them from moving back to Portugal.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

Camille Claudel
Region 1 DVD (NTSC)
Bruno Nuytten (1989)
This film tells the tragic story of Camille Claudel, sister of acclaimed poet and diplomat Paul Claudel and mistress of sculptor Auguste Rodin. Born into a wealthy family, Claudel is drawn to artistic endeavors even as a child. After graduating from art school in Paris, she impresses Rodin with her aptitude for sculpting the human form. She becomes his apprentice and then his lover. Their volatile relationship is made more troubled by Rodin’s commitment to his wife and his artistic celebrity. As her affair with Rodin deteriorates, Claudel’s work suffers and her behavior grows erratic. Alienated from family, friends, and Rodin, she descends into self-destruction, chaos, and eventually madness. She dies in 1943, after thirty years of involuntary residency at a mental institution, during which time she has few visitors. Camille Claudel is played by Isabelle Adjani, with Gérard Depardieu in the role of Auguste Rodin.
In French with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles
2 hours 39 minutes

 

Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD - 2 copies
Alexandre Arcady (2012)
Drama, based on the acclaimed novel by Yasmina Khadra. Younes, growing up during the years of political upset before and throughout the Algerian Revolution, meets and falls in love with Emilie, a French woman who moves to Algeria.  The story that unwinds over the course of his lifetime involves racial tension, family conflict, and the fortunes and misfortunes that befall the star-crossed lovers. 
In French with optional English or French subtitles
2 hours 39 minutes

 

Ces jours qui ont changé LE MONDE: L’Attaque de Pearl Harbor
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
BBC’s LE MONDE (2006) documentary about the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Audio available in French or English, no subtitles
50 minutes

 

La chambre des officiers
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
François Dupeyron (2001)
World War I drama; Adrien, a handsome young officer, has a brief but passionate affair with a woman named Clémence the day before he leaves for the front. Once the war begins, he suffers a severely disfiguring injury, and throughout his recovery and rehabilitation in a special hospital for facial injuries, thoughts of Clémence fill his mind. Adrien and the other officers in the same hospital ward struggle with not only their physical injuries but with the social and psychological difficulties of returning from the war front, barely recognizable to their families
In French with optional French captioning
2 hours 8 minutes

 

Les chansons d’amour (Love Songs)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Christophe Honoré (2007)
Musical film; touching story of love and complex relationships in Paris: Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) and Ismaël (Louis Garrel) are a loving if troubled couple in a long-term relationship. When Julie dies suddenly, her boyfriend, close friends, and family struggle to cope with their loss as best they can. Through emotional musical dialogue, Ismaël ponders how and if he can move on with his life.
In French with English subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Chaos
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Coline Serreau (2001)
Featuring Rachida Brakni as Noémie, Catherine Frot as Hélène, and Vincent Lindon as Paul. After witnessing a brutal attack on a prostitute (Noémie) and failing to help, Hélène, a bourgeois housewife, is driven by guilt to nurse the younger woman back to health. She learns that Noémie had fled an arranged marriage to a much older Algerian man and, unable to return to her family, lived on the streets of Marseille. Then, seduced by kind words and the promise of food, Noémie was kidnapped by a pimp and turned into a drug addict and sex slave. When Hélène learns of the horrific abuse Noémie has suffered at the hands of the criminal organization to which she is bound, Hélène vows to help her escape. In the process, Hélène is forced to confront her own male oppressors — the husband and son who regard her as no more than a servant and exhibit an appalling disrespect for all the women in their lives. By turns shocking, thrilling, and comedic, the film explores the modern problems of race, class, gender, and religion in a manner that is both unapologetic and unsettling. In the film’s dénouement, Hélène conspires with Noémie in a bid to win Noémie’s freedom and exact revenge; the result is at once satisfying and disturbing. Rachida Brakni won a César and a Lumière award for Most Promising Young Actress for her work in “Chaos.” DVD special features include: original theatrical trailer and individual scene selections.
In French with option of English subtitles
1 hour 49 minutes

 

Charles Munch Conducts... Berlioz, Debussy, and Ravel, with the Boston Symphony
Region 0 DVD
WGBH/Video Artists International
Filming of live BSO performance from Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, April 17, 1962. Charles Munch conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14a; Debussy’s La Mer; Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloë, Suite No. 2.
Black & white
1 hour 36 minutes

 

Le chemin du retour
FR 1.087
DVD to accompany elementary-level French textbook Débuts, 2nd & 3rd Editions, by Siskin, Williams, & Field © 2007 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Instructional Version: 3 Region 1 (NTSC) DVDs
Director’s Cut: 1 Region 1 (NTSC) DVD.
Approx. 1 hour 42 minutes

 

Les choristes (The Chorus)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Christophe Barraier (2004)
With Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. This film is a sentimental tale that follows the arrival of a new Prefect at the remote Fond de l’Etang boarding school in 1949 France. Clement Mathieu is a lonely, middle-aged, and frustrated musician. Things at the school do not start off well, due to the fact that the students don’t respect him, and also because he does not agree with the director’s “action-reaction” educational methods. However, one day Mathieu decides to introduce choral singing as a way to bridge the gap with his students. With his daily lessons, Mathieu begins to build a strong bond with his students, winning their trust as well as teaching them the wisdom of music. Nominated for Academy Awards in both the Foreign Language Film and Best Song categories. Scene selections available.
In French with option of English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 37 minutes

 

Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Anne Fontaine (2009)
From working as a common seamstress and singer, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel becomes a designer and tailor for the French high society. Chanel wants to be famous, but she has trouble making a name for herself. Working for the wealthy, she eventually meets a businessman who helps her get her start in the fashion business.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Comme une image (Look At Me)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Agnès Jaoui (2004)
Comedic drama starring Marilou Berry, Jean-Pierre Bacri, and Agnès Jaoui. Lolita is a gifted young music student with a beautiful singing voice. Her own artistic talents hide in the shadows of her father’s, however. As the daughter of a celebrated writer, Lolita is used to friendships and relationships with people who only use her to get closer to Étienne. Étienne himself is ignorant of the talent his own daughter possesses, and is too busy to listen to her sing. Tensions rise in the family until the night of Lolita’s concert with school friends, when she realizes whom she can truly count on.
In French with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 51 minutes

 

Comme un juif en France
Region 2 (PAL) 2-DVD set
Yves Jeuland (2007)
Disc 1 includes a two-part documentary outlining the experience of Jews in France beginning with the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, up to recent episodes of anti-semitism in France in the 2000s, plus a collection of original photographs and footage, along with commentaries from historians and witnesses.
Disc 2 contains a variety of short documentaries.
In French, no subtitles
De l’Affaire Dreyfus à Vichy: 1 hour 13 minutes
De la Libération à nos jours : 1 hour 52 minutes
Bonus material from Disc 2: 2 hours 55 minutes

 

Un couple épatant/Cavale/Après la vie
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Lucas Belvaux
This trilogy takes three dramatically different perspectives on the same few days. One film’s lead character may become a secondary character in another film, so as you complete the trilogy, you come to understand each of the character and their motivations more clearly. Each movie unveils another layer of narrative and psychological depth. Un Couple Épatant focuses on a hypochondriac and his suspicious wife, and the chaos that results from their miscommunication. Cavale is a thriller that follows the path of a fiery revolutionary ready to wage war against the system after 15 years in prison. Finally, Après La Vie is a melodrama about a less-than-scrupulous police officer and his drug-addicted wife.
All are in French with optional English, Dutch and French subtitles.
Un Couple Épatant: 1 hour 37 minutes
Cavale: 1 hour 49 minutes
Après La Vie: 2 hours 3 minutes

 

C.R.A.Z.Y.
(Canada) Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jean-Marc Vallée (2005)
In a family of five boys, Zac stands out. As a child he is called a holy man, but as a teenager, a homosexual. In a strict Catholic family doing their best to love each other, Zac struggles both to gain his father’s acceptance, and to fight his own demons.
In French with optional English subtitles
2 hours and 7 minutes.

 

Le dernier métro (The Last Metro)
Region 1 (NTSC) Criterion Collection 2-DVD set
François Truffaut (1980)
César Award-winning film starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve; Set in Nazi occupied Paris during WWII, The Last Metro depicts a struggling French theater company and the production of their newest show. Much of the film’s focus is on the various characters in the ensemble. Theater manager Lucas Steiner (played by Heinz Bennent), a Jew, seeks refuge in the confines of the theater cellar to escape Nazi detainment. Steiner finds solace in the ongoing production of his play and the intermittent visits from his wife, and theater starlet Marion Steiner (Deneuve). The drama thoughtfully depicts the struggle and victimization the French populace faced during German occupation between 1940–1944. The resilience of the troupe symbolizes the fortitude and pride of mid-century Parisians and illustrates the importance of art in times of despair and hardship. In the film, Truffaunt finds a way to demonstrate the struggle without displaying acts of violence or death and even embeds love and humor into the plot line.
In French with optional English subtitles
2 hours 11 minutes

 

Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Jean Becker (2007)
Based on the memoirs of painter Henri Cueco; A Parisian artist (Daniel Auteuil) returns to his childhood home in rural France to restore his deceased parents’ home. An old friend (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) turns up in response to his advertisement for a gardener, and their boyhood friendship picks up after its decades-long hiatus. Through their conversations about life, love, and the occasional reminiscence of their schoolday pranks, both painter and gardener gain different perspectives from each other on life, art, and land.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

 


L’école pour tous (School for All)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Eric Rochant (2006)
Jahwad is a man who has no direction in his life, frequently engaging in petty crimes like robbery. One day, he hitches a ride with a teacher. But when they crash into a tree, the teacher is left in a coma, and Jahwad must take the teacher’s place for a special needs class. The class, which the school largely cares little about, is rowdy and disruptive. Jahwad’s poor education background makes his “teaching” even more difficult. Eventually, Jahwad and his students grow to respect each other.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

L’enfant sauvage (The Wild Child)
Region 1 (NTSC) black & white DVD
François Truffaut (1970)
Based on the real journal entries and medical observations surrounding the “Wild Boy of Aveyron;” At the end of the 1700s, a young boy of 11 or 12 is found alone in a forest in the Aveyron region of France. Fending for himself, far from any contact with human civilization, the boy is wild and completely incapable of communication. Doctor Itard is intrigued by the case when he reads of it in the newspaper, and takes it upon himself to teach the boy how to function in the world.
In French with the option of English, French, or Spanish subtitle
1 hour 25 minutes

 

Les enfants de Chabannes (The Children of Chabannes)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Lisa Gossels & Dean Wetherell (1999)
Documentary; story of how the people of Chabannes, a tiny village in unoccupied France, saved the lives of 400 Jewish refugee children during WWII. Features interviews with two of the 400 children (Gossels’ father and uncle) and accounts by the teachers who taught these children.
In French and English
1 hour 33 minutes

 

Entre les murs (The Class)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Laurent Cantet (2008)
Award-winning (Best Picture — Palme d’Or, Festival de Cannes) film about the challenges experienced by an inner city high school class and their new teacher, Mr. Marin (François Bégaudeau). In this very racially mixed class both Mr. Marin and his students must learn how to respect each other and the boundaries of their relationships.
Audio options: French, English, or Spanish with the option of English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 10 minutes

 

L’esquive (Games of Love and Chance)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Abdellatif Kechiche (2003)
Abdelkrim, also called Krimo, is a teenager living with his mother in the housing projects of a French suburb. After a harsh breakup with his girlfriend, he meets Lydia who is preparing for a school play, Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard by Marivaux (1730). Presently falling in love with her, Krimo decides to try out for the role of Harlequin, but his introverted, awkward personality hinders his performance both in the play and in seducing Lydia.
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 59 minutes

 

Être et avoir (To Be and To Have)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Nicholas Philbert (2002)
This documentary offers an in-depth look at George Lopez, a devoted teacher responsible for a small one-room schoolhouse in the Auvergne region of France, where between December 2000 and June 2001 he taught 12 students between the ages of three and ten. Employing a curriculum that embraces both academics and practical skills, Lopez not only teaches his children academic skills, but also social skills as well as work ethic. The students not only learn how to draw and write proper letters and numbers as well as what diameter and radius mean, but also how to verbalize confrontations in a civilized manner. This film captured Georges Lopez near the end of his career in education — shortly after the film was completed, he retired after 35 years as an educator. Awarded 2003 National Society of Film Critics Best Documentary. Available extras include French trailer, theatrical trailer, interview with Director Nicholas Philibert, the children reciting poetry, and scene selections.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes

 

Le fabuleux destin dAmélie Poulain
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
Film featuring Audrey Tautou as Amélie and Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino Quincampoix; story of a naive young waitress who sees the beauty in simple things and goes on a quest to bring happiness to others, all the while making her own way to happiness through imagination, creativity and innocence; a lighthearted, romantic tale of fate, love, and the importance of seizing life’s moments; scene selections option and extra (hidden) option of interviews with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet available; gift of Boston College’s Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society) in the name of Faculty Moderator, Prof. Rebecca M. Valette
In French with option of French subtitles
2 hours

 

La famille Bélier
Region B Blu-ray
Eric Lartigau (2014)
In French with optional subtitles in French of signed language only for the hearing impaired
In French with optional subtitles in French of signed and spoken language
1 hour 45 minutes

 

Garrel: Le vent de la nuit & Elle a passé tant dheures sous les sunlights...
Two Region 2 (PAL) DVDs
Each featuring a Philippe Garrel film
Disc 1: Le Vent de la Nuit , a 1999 drama starring Catherine Deneuve and Daniel Duval; plot: Paul, a young artist, starts a friendship with Serge on a road trip to Italy. Serge was a revolutionary in May ’68 and most of their time spent together consists of his recounting of the student and worker protests of that time to his younger companion. Back in Paris, Paul’s lover Hélène becomes ever more despairing of finding a satisfying life. Both she and Serge will face suicidal questions.
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 32 minutes
Disc 2: Elle a passé tant dheures sous les sunlights…, a 1985 dramatic fantasy starring Mireille Perrier and Jacques Bonnaffé; plot: a director films a story based on his own relationships with two different women.
In French, no subtitles
2 hours 13 minutes

 

Le goût des autres (The Taste of Others)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Agnès Jaoui (2000)
Opposites collide in this romantic comedy. A wealthy but vulgar businessman falls for his English tutor, an actress and intellectual who is repelled by his cultural ignorance and his lack of manners. Attracted by curiosity about Clara’s bohemian lifestyle rather than real compatibility, Castella wedges his way into her milieu, made up of fellow artists with similar financial woes. His hulking bodyguard Franck becomes involved with one of Clara’s friends, the fiery, feminist bartender Manie. Unfortunately, Manie is already seeing Bruno, Castella’s meek chauffeur. Ideals are challenged and everyone begins to see that they must revise stereotypes about status, money, education, and the opposite sex. In the end, each character is forced to decide what they are willing to risk to learn about the unfamiliar and unexpected. With Anne Alvaro as Clara, Jean-Pierre Bacri as Castella, Gérard Lanvin as Franck, Alain Chabat as Bruno, and Agnès Jaoui as Manie.
In French with English subtitles
1 hour 52 minutes

 

La graine et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Slimane is an aging man who finds himself jobless due to a dispute with his boss over total hours. Out of work, Slimane returns home to find his dysfunctional family already fighting several internal disputes. One night, he dreams of starting a restaurant from an old boat. The top seller: his ex-wife’s fish couscous. Gradually, his extended family begins to help him with his project.
In French and Arabic with optional English subtitles
2 hours 34 minutes

 

La grande séduction (Seducing Dr. Lewis)
(Canada) Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jean-François Pouliot (2004)
Comedy; the traditional livelihood for the people of St. Marie-La-Mauderne, fishing, had been replaced by welfare checks as the microscopic village’s main source of income. Their hopes for a desperately needed new factory become complicated when they learn that its establishment is conditional upon the town having its own doctor. The townspeople go to great, and often ridiculous, lengths to persuade metropolitan Dr. Lewis that he should call their quiet, remote village home.
In French with optional French or English subtitles
1 hour 49 minutes

 

La grande vadrouille (Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Gérard Oury (1966)
Comedy; It’s the summer of 1941. The Germans shoot down three members of the Royal Air Force. After the three British airmen crash-land into Nazi-occupied France, they find themselves in desperate need of finding a way back to safety. They enlist the help of some French Resistance sympathizers, and what follows are grand schemes which include impersonating German soldiers, violent snoring, and launching pumpkins – all to avoid arrest and captivity.
In French with optional English, Dutch or Korean subtitles
2 hours 12 minutes

 

La haine
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
This black-and-white drama covers nineteen consecutive hours in the lives of three friends living in a ZUP (zone d’urbanisation prioritaire), an impoverished immigrant housing project. Vinz is a Jewish wannabe gangster with a hatred for police, hoping to increase his reputation by killing a cop. Hubert is an African-French boxer and petty drug dealer; despite his situation, Hubert is the most reflective of the group, hoping one day to be free of the poverty and hatred around him. Saïd is an Arab Maghrebi whose attitude towards life in the ghetto lies between that of Vinz and Hubert.
In French with optional French subtitles for the hearing impaired
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Les Hauts de Hurlevent (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Peter Kosminsky (1992)
Drama starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. Classic tale of a tumultuous and tragic love affair between the well-born Cathy Earnshaw and the orphan child her family adopted, Heathcliff. When Cathy marries the rich and refined Edgar Linton, Heathcliff’s obsession will drive him to take revenge on the Earnshows and the Lintons across multiple generations. Disc 2 of 2-DVD set packaged with Les Amants du Pont-Neuf.
In French or English with optional French subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Un héros très discret
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Jacques Audiard (1996)
This film, Dehousse, who finds that his family was not everything he believed. His father was not a war hero and his mother collaborated with the Nazis. This discovery triggers a sequence of events which lead him to convince the French authorities that he fought in the Resistance. The authorities make him an offer, and Albert finds himself in the same position as his parents — an imposter.
French language track with optional French subtitles
1 hour 47 minutes

 

Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD and Blu-ray disc
Xavier Beauvois (2010)
Aaward-winning (Grand Prize/Grand Prix, Festival de Cannes) film inspired by the true story of eight Christian monks living in the turbulent area of Tibéhirine, Algeria in the 1990s. The men fully integrated into their Muslim community live peacefully until a group of Islamic terrorists murder several foreign workers in the region. Refusing protection from the country’s corrupt government, the eight men struggle with the decisions to leave the people who need them or stay in the face of imminent danger. Breathtaking scenery and sweeping music accompany this moving story of the courage and conviction of Christian, Luc, Christophe, Célestin, Amédée, Jean-Pierre, Michel, and Paul.
In French with optional English subtitles
2 hours 3 minutes

 

Huit femmes (8 Women)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
François Ozon (2002)
In this murder mystery, partly inspired by George Cukor’s 1939 classic The Women, the 1960’s Agatha Christie-inspired play Ten Little Indians, as well as the 1980’s mystery Clue, eight women find themselves snowbound in a French country estate with a dead man (Marcel, played by Dominique Lamure) — a man whom each of them (his wife, sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, daughters, housekeeper, and chambermaid) had reason to kill. All eight women are suspects, and all are guilty of secrets. One of the characters may be guilty of murder, and as each is forced to confront their long-standing secrets and resentments, we learn that they all had motives. Following its immensely successful release in France in early 2002, Eight Women enjoyed much acclaim at the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert, Danielle Darrieux, and Fermine Richard.
In French with on-screen English captioning and optional Spanish subtitles
1 hour 51 minutes

 

Le huitième jour (The 8th Day)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Jaco van Dormael (1996)
Drama starring Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne. Harry is a workaholic businessman, unhappily living separated from his wife and children. One rainy evening he runs over a dog with his car. The owner of the dog is Georges, a young man with Down syndrome who has run away from the group home where he lives hoping to be reunited with his mother. What begins as a chance encounter turns into a life-changing experience for Harry.
In French with optional English or Dutch subtitles
2 hours

 

Il ne faut jurer de rien!
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Eric Civanyan (2005)
Comedy starring Mélanie Doutey, Gérard Jugnot and Jean Dujardin. Van Buck is an uptight businessman in 1830s Paris, who sees only economic opportunity when he meets the Baroness de Mantes. The pair decides to arrange the marriage of her daughter Cécile with his nephew Valentin. The only problem is getting the interested parties to agree — the romantic Cécile will only marry for love, and Valentin vows to never give up his life of drinking, women, and gambling. A game of tricks and manipulation begins.
In French with optional French captioning
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (Ive Loved You So Long)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Philippe Claudel (2008)
Acclaimed actress Kristen Scott Thomas plays a former French doctor, Juliette Fontaine, who is returning to her life following a mysterious fifteen years in prison.  Living with her estranged younger sister and her family, she embarks on a journey of redemption.  The truth of her past haunts her constantly as she tries to make it on the outside.
In French or English with optional English subtitles
1 hour 57 minutes

 

Imaginez: Le français sans frontières Film Collection DVD
FR 1.090
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
To accompany intermediate-level French textbook Imaginez: Le français sans frontières by Cherie Mitschke © 2008 Vista Higher Learning. A collection of 10 short films by various directors from the French-speaking world. Contents include:
Le télégramme (12 minutes)
J’attendrai le suivant… (4 minutes 20 seconds)
Émilie Muller (20 minutes)
La révolution des crabes (4 minutes 40 seconds)
Samb et le commissaire (15 minutes)
De l’autre côté (29 minutes)
Comment j’ai marché sur la Lune (12 minutes)
Le ballon prisonnier (13 minutes)
Bonbon au poivre (34 minutes)
L’homme qui plantait des arbres (30 minutes)
In French with optional English or French subtitles
Total running time: 2 hours 54 minutes

 

Indigènes (Days of Glory)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Richard Bouchareb (2006)
Oscar-nominated film about four North African soldiers who fought to liberate France from the Nazis in WWII. While France fights under the banners of freedom, equality, and fraternity, the unfair treatment these soldiers receive reveals the contradictions in the French pursuit. The Arab soldiers battle with extra fervor, in a constant struggle to prove themselves as equals to their white comrades.
In French with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours

 

Indochine
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Régis Wargnier (1992)
An Oscar award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this picture stars Catherine Deneuve as a wealthy owner of a rubber plantation in French Indochina. Throughout the film, Deneuve’s small family (her elderly father and her adopted Indochinese daughter) faces numerous struggles as a result of a Communist uprising and intermingled, clandestine love affairs. When Deneuve’s lover returns to Indochina, Deneuve’s daughter falls passionately in love with him and trouble results; also included: note on the actors.
In French with the option of English, French, or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 36 minutes

 

Interaction 7e édition
FR 1.086
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Video to accompany the St. Onge and St. Onge intermediate French-level text Interaction: Révision de grammaire, 7e édition © 2007 Thomson Heinle.
In French with optional French subtitles
1 hour 15 minutes

 

Jambon jambon (Jamón, jamón)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Bigas Luna (1992)
Comedic drama starring Penelope Cruz (her first film) and Javier Bardem; plot: Silvia works on the factory floor for a men’s underwear company and is pregnant by José Luis, the son of the company’s owners. José Luis promises to marry her, but his domineering mother has other plans. She finds Silvia too poor to marry her son and decides to hire ham factory worker Raúl to lure Silvia away from José Luis. The romantic entanglements become very complicated.
In Spanish with optional French audio track and French subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Jeanne d’Arc (The Messenger)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Luc Besson (1999)
This film tells the true story of the legendary Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc). As the Hundreds Year War between England and France rages in her backyard, young Jeanne receives her first message from God. At 19 years old she brings her message to Charles the Dauphin and leads the French to glory, only to end up burned at the stake for heresy.
In French or English, with optional French or English subtitles
2 hours 48 minutes

 

Joyeux Noël
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Christian Carion (2005)
World War I drama starring Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, and Guillaume Canet; Christmas Eve, 1914: At the front, French, Scottish, and German troops anxiously wait out the night in the trenches, prepared for hostilities as on any other day. The enemies’ trenches are so close, they can hear each others’ own improvised Christmas celebrations, bringing the soldiers out of hiding. An impromptu cease-fire will give the officers and enlisted men alike, on all sides, a human look at those they are sworn to fight.
In French with optional French subtitles and captioning for the hearing impaired
1 hour 55 minutes

 

Laissez-passer (Safe Conduct)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Bernard Tavernier (2004)
This film is a fascinating recreation of French filmmaking during World War II and a moving study of a few of the people who worked with the French Resistance — specifically, screenwriter Jean Aurenche, who refused to write a single word in service of the German state; and director Jean Devaivre, who not only worked for Continental Pictures (a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans) but also acted as a saboteur in the French Resistance. Both Devaivre and Aurenche were real-life figures in the French film industry during the occupation, as were many of the film’s supporting characters; the real life Aurenche went on to write the screenplay for Bertrand Travernier’s first feature film. Winner of 2002 Silver Bear Award for Best Actor and Best Music at the Berlin International Film Festival; extras include Bertrand Travernier interview, photo gallery, and selected filmography.
In French with option of English subtitles
2 hours 43 minutes

 

Mediterranea
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Jonas Carpignano (2015)
Drama; This exhilarating film starts by following two refugees, Ayiva and Abas, who flee Burkina Faso in a perilous attempt to seek safety in Italy. Soon they discover that what awaits them in Europe is violence and prejudice towards the refugee community, as well as hard work and heartbreak. It is a story about acceptance, humanity and loss.
In French, Italian, English and Arabic with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 50 minutes

 

Les Misérables
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Billie August (1998)
Adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic and starring Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, and Geoffrey Rush; Jean Valjean (Neeson), a hopeless convict, turns his life around after 20 years in prison and makes an honest and profitable living, thanks to the generous gift of a priest. He even takes in a pregnant young prostitute, Fantine (Thurman), and raises her child, Cosette (Danes). Valjean is once again haunted by his past when a former prison guard, Javert (Rush), recognizes him and attempts to return Valjean to prison.
French and English audio tracks; option of French or English subtitles
2 hours 14 minutes

 

Moderato cantabile (Seven Days...Seven Nights)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Peter Brook (1960)
In French or German with optional German or English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

 

La Môme (La vie en rose)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Olivier Dahan (2007)
Starring Marion Cotillard (2008 Academy Award winner for Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf); This biopic recounts the public and personal life of the famous French singer, as seen through Édith’s own fragmented memories at the end of her short life. A sickly child, she was abandoned by her mother and cared for by her alcoholic father. As a young adult Édith sang on Parisian street corners to survive, where she was discovered by the cabaret owner Louis Leplée. Though Édith’s music became a worldwide phenomenon, she could not escape her own personal tragedies and addictions.
In French with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish
2 hours 21 minutes

 

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
François Dupeyron (2003)
Set in 1960s Paris, the film revolves around Moses (Pierre Boulanger), a young man who lives alone with his father in the bustling Rue Bleu district. After he is abandoned by him, “Momo” finds an unlikely friend in Monsieur Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a Muslim shopkeeper who spends most of his days behind the counter of his store reading the Koran. As time passes, Momo and Ibrahim begin to bring each other out of his respective shell, sharing a series of everyday adventures, culminating in Momo’s indoctrination into Ibrahim’s faith. Winner of best actor, audience award, and career Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival; Sharif awarded best actor award at the Cesar awards; given 2003 Afi Film Festival lifetime tribute award; winner one of the top five foreign films from the National Board of Review; special feature Omar Sharif audio commentary.
In French with option of English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Monsieur Lazhar
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Philippe Falardeau (2011)
A middle school class faces the aftermath of their teacher’s suicide. Quickly filling the role of substitute teacher is an immigrant from Algeria. The new teacher, however, meets difficulty due to cultural differences along with his own personal problems. The teacher and the students learn to cope with each other’s sorrow and pain.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 34 minutes

 

La moustache
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Emmanuel Carrère (2005)
Mystery drama starring Vincent Lindon and Emmanuelle Devos. Marc decides one morning in the bath to shave off the moustache he has worn for years. His wife not only doesn’t notice, but insists that he’s never had one. Gradually Marc begins to doubt everything that he has assumed to be true in his life; a disturbing look into our perceptions of reality.
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 22 minutes

 

Ne touchez pas la hache (Dont Touch the Axe)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Jacques Rivette (2007)
Based on La Duchesse de Langeais by Honoré de Balzac; The Duchesse de Langeais is a young popular socialite living a frivolous life of balls and coquetry in early 19th-century Paris. When the brooding Napoleonic war hero Général de Montriveau makes his appearance on the Parisian social scene, the Duchesse’s interest is piqued. So begins a long manipulative love affair, with tragic results.
In French with optional English subtitles
2 hours 12 minutes

 

Night on Earth
Region 0 DVD
Jim Jarmusch (1991)
Featuring Winona Ryder, Roberto Benigni, and Béatrice Dalle; five taxi drivers in five different cities (Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, Helsinki) simultaneously pick up five different customers. These brief encounters among strangers lead to deep insights about their personal lives.
In French, English, Italian and Finnish with English subtitles
2 hours 3 minutes

 

Nous, Princesses de Clèves 
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Régis Sauder (2011)
Documentary film; Students at Lycée Diderot in Marseilles study the 17th century French novel La Princesse de Clèves in anticipation of taking the Baccalaureate exam. The students find parallels between their lives and those of the characters in the original story which takes place in 1558. They tell their own coming-of-age stories—stories of love, loss, triumph, and rejection.  
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 9 minutes

 

On connaît la chanson (Same Old Song)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Alain Resnais (1997)
César Award-winning romantic, musical comedy about two Parisian sisters, Odile (played by Sabine Azéma) and Camille (Agnès Jaoui), who become entangled in dysfunctional relationships with a submissive husband (Pierre Arditi), an old boyfriend (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a dishonest realtor (Lambert Wilson), and a kind, older man (André Dussolier); in the midst of normal dialogue, characters lip-synch to recordings of old as well as contemporary French song fragments which express their inner thoughts and true feelings; singers featured in these song excerpts: Charles Aznavour, Joséphine Baker, Alain Bashung, Maurice Chevalier, Dalida, Johnny Hallyday, Édith Piaf, among many others; gift of Boston College’s Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society) in the name of Faculty Moderator, Prof. Rebecca M. Valette.
In French with option of French, English, German or Italian subtitles; also available in VHS video with English subtitles
2 hours

 

Le pacte des loups
Region 2 (PAL) DVD (2 discs)
Christophe Gans (2001)
Based on the true story of the Beast of Gévaudan (a wolf-like creature) that terrorized southwestern France in the mid-18th century; mixed genre movie with elements of period costuming, horror, martial arts, espionage, action, religious/political intrigue; stars Samuel le Bihan as Grégoire de Fronsac, a naturalist sent by the King of France to find and kill the beast, and Mark Dacascos as Mani, an Iroquois shaman and hunter whom de Fronsac befriended while in New France; story of de Fronsac’s fight against ignorance, bigotry, and conspiracy and the roles in that struggle of a crippled hunter, Jean François (Vincent Cassel), and two women, Marianne, an aristocrat (Emilie Dequenne) and Sylvia, a prostitute (Monica Bellucci); scene selections option, and option to view film with commentary by the director or actors le Bihan and Cassel; bonus disc includes: 78-minute piece about the making of various portions of the film (casting, combat, artistic direction, creation of the beast, etc.), clips of 7 outtakes (36 minutes), movie trailers, selected actors’ filmographies, presentation about the Gévaudan legend by naturalist Michel Louis, access to Internet link to film’s website and press packs in French and English; colorful 24-page booklet includes synopsis of film, production notes, historical references, comments by the cast, biographies of film’s technical team; gift of Boston College’s Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society) in the name of Faculty Moderator, Prof. Rebecca M. Valette.
In French with option of French subtitles
Film: 2 hours 25 minutes

 

Paris
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Cédric Klapisch (2008)
Here we see several intertwined romantic stories. A passionate dancer finds that he has a heart condition making dancing potentially fatal. With dancing put on hold, he becomes interested in a college student. His sister is a single mother who likes a local grocer. A professor, although he is considerably older, finds interest in one of his students.
In French with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 9 minutes

 

Paris, je t’aime
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Collection of short films by various directors (2006): Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin & Gérard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel & Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravanese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Tom Tywer, Gus Van Sant.
Each short is dedicated to a different Parisian neighborhood, and the love stories — as diverse as these directors — that one can find there; additional resource available Paris, je taime book.
In French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin with optional English or Spanish subtitles; 3 copies available
2 hours 45 minutes

 

Le passé (The Past)
Region A Blu-ray
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Asghar Farhadi (2013)
Drama; Marie asks her estranged husband Ahmed to come back to Paris from Iran to finalize their divorce after four years. What he comes back to is more than the broken family that he had left behind: Marie has a new fiancé with a complicated history that has driven Marie’s eldest daughter away from living at home. The mystery that shrouds the series of events which lead to the tragedy of suicide permeate this story as Ahmed, Marie and her new beau try to fix the mess that has become of their relationships with themselves, with their children, and with one another. 
In French with optional English subtitles
2 hours 10 minutes

 

Père et fils
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Michel Boujenah (2003)
Comedy starring Philippe Noiret, Charles Berling, Bruno Putzulu and Pascal Elbé; The aging Léo has three adult sons who haven’t gotten along since childhood. Following a minor health problem that puts him in the hospital, he decides to invent a fatal illness in order to convince his sons to take a trip with him to explore Québec. Through their various misadventures in the Canadian wilderness, the brothers must learn to overcome their differences.
In French with optional French captioning and Arabic subtitles
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Persépolis
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud (2007)
Includes the voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this unique animated film tells the story of Marjane Satrapi’s coming of age with both compassion and humor. As a precocious young girl in Iran, she witnesses the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Her family tries to maintain a normal childhood for Marjane under the strict religious regime and the daily threats of the war with Iraq, but her parents eventually decide the country is too dangerous for her. They send her to Austria to attend school, hoping she will benefit from the relative safety of Europe. Marji struggles to find her identity in a foreign land, and eventually returns to Iran in a deep depression. Getting back on her feet, she attends university and begins to make a life for herself in Iran. Marji continues to struggle to find her place as an independent young woman under the oppressive regime of her home country, and finds she must leave again.
In French or English with optional English or Spanish subtitles; 3 copies available
1 hour 35 minutes

 

Le placard (The Closet)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Francis Veber (2001)
Comedy that illustrates common prejudices and stereotypes; film stars Daniel Auteuil as François Pignon, a divorced man who works as an accountant for a condom factory. When Pignon learns that he is to be fired, a lie emerges about his sexuality which sends the factory into chaos and precipitates unexpected changes in his life.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 25 minutes

 

Les poupées russes (Russian Dolls)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Cédric Klapisch (2005)
Starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. “5 years later” look at the character Xavier’s world in this follow-up to Klapisch’s 2002 film Lauberge espagnole. Xavier is now 30 and a writer of soap opera scripts. Given the opportunity to reunite with some of his Barcelona roommates, he is able to get some perspective on life, but will it be too late to salvage his most valuable relationships?
In French with optional English, Spanish subtitles
2 hours 9 minutes

 

Le prénom (What's in a Name?)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière (2012)
Comedy adapted from the eponymous play written by the same authors; Vincent is going to be a father. At his sister’s dinner party, he is peppered with chatter about the new baby in the company of dear old friends. Once his hosts ask about the baby’s name, however, the conversation goes awry. Relationships are tested and long-kept secrets are uncovered. Will Vincent be able to keep his family together before his child is born?
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 49 minutes

 

Qui perd gagne! (Loser Takes All!)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Laurent Bénégui (2004)
Comedic mystery starring Thierry Lhermitte and Elsa Zylberstein. Jacques is a compulsive gambler with a photographic memory. His lover, Angele, works for the government investigating fraud in the lottery system, and asks him to help on a peculiar case. Together they set to work uncovering the secrets of an unknown math professor who claims he has uncovered a formula to predict winning numbers in the national lottery drawings. Is it a scam, or is the professor a true mathematical genius?
In French with optional French captioning and English subtitles
1 hour 32 minutes

 

La Rafle (The Round Up)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Rose Bosch (2010)
Drama, based on a true story. In 1942, 13,000 Jewish people, including 4,000 children, were rounded up with their families in Paris and held in the Vélodrome d’Hiver before continuing on to their eventual execution at Auschwitz; the massive raid is known in history as the rafle du Vél’ d’Hiv. The film follows the story of young Jo Weisman, a boy who is arrested with his family. His relationship to his community allows for a cinematic mosaic to be created out of other real people’s stories during this time of deep despair.  Written through the lens of an innocent child living during genocide, the film expresses the brightest spark of hope that cannot be extinguished by bleak darkness. 
In French, German, and Yiddish with on-screen English subtitles
2 hours 4 minutes

 

La Résistance
Region 2 (PAL) set of 3 DVDs
(2008)
2 documentary-fiction films of 1 hour 30 minutes each:
Vivre libre ou mourir
Quand il fallait sauver les juifs
4 documentary-historical films of 52 minutes each:
Le sourd grondement dun peuple
La lutte armée
Victimes contre bourreaux
Face à la déportation des juifs
This series of films combines authentic film footage from the Second World War with modern-day reenactments to tell the story of the French Resistance in both political and military efforts, as well as the movement to save thousands of Jews in France from deportation.
In French with optional closed captioning in French for the hearing impaired
Total time of DVD set: 6 hours 28 minutes

 

Ressources humaines (Human Resources)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Laurent Cantet (2000)
This film focuses on a fictional factory about to make the switch to the government-mandated 35-hour workweek. Franck, a Parisian business school student, takes a summer apprenticeship in the Human Resources department at a factory in a small industrial town where his father has labored for the past thirty years. Franck’s intentions are honorable as he attempts to balance this managerial internship with his parents and friends’ lower-class social standing. However, as he sees the injustice committed by the company for which he is interning, Franck not only faces a decision about what is right and wrong, but also one that could destroy his promising future. Winner of over 17 international awards, including the Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. Available extras include French trailer and information about the director.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Riens du tout (Little Nothings)
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Cédric Klapisch (1992)
Comedy; Monsieur Lepetit (Fabrice Luchini) takes over a top management position at the Grandes Galeries, a major department store in Paris. To save the company from going under, he implements a total restructuring of the store and attempts to infuse a new spirit of camaraderie among the employees, often with absurd results.
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 33 minutes

 

Roman de gare (Crossed Tracks)
Region 0 (PAL) DVD
Claude Lelouch (2007)
Thriller; inspired by a neurotic prostitute whom he has fallen in love with, the ghostwriter for a world famous author makes the decision to publish his new masterpiece under his own name.  Tension and mystery build as identities and relationships become scrambled
In French with optional English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Euzhan Palcy (1983)
This film tells the story of a young teenage boy, José, who was orphaned at the age of 11 and sent to live with his grandmother, who works on one of Martinique’s sugar cane plantations. Although he gets into mischief, he is still able to learn valuable lessons on living from an old former slave. Because his grandmother realizes he has no future if he stays on the plantation, she does what she can to keep him in school and away from the tedious labor to which she’s devoted her life. With his intelligence and determination, he wins a scholarship to one of the top school’s in the island’s main town. Winner of “Best Actress” award at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, and the 1983 Cesar for “Best First Film.” Scene selections available.
In French with English subtitles
1 hour 47 minutes

 

Saint Jacques...La Mecque 
Region 2 (PAL) two-DVD set
Coline Serreau (2005)
Dramatic comedy starring Muriel Robin, Artus de Penguern, and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. People decide to make the pilgrimage through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostella for many reasons. Siblings Clara, Pierre, and Claude must complete the trek on foot in order to receive their inheritance from their mother. The two-month long journey will bring them closer to each other, and to the 6 other strangers they meet in their group; includes second DVD with bonus features.
In French, no subtitles
1 hour 44 minutes


Samba

Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (2014)
An illegal immigrant in Paris from Senegal, Samba dreams of becoming a chef. Alice, his case worker, fights to help him stay in France. After being told he must leave, Samba and Alice do their best to work the system to keep him in Paris. As they work together on the case, their relationship deepens to something neither of them expected.
In French with on-sceen English subtitles
1 hour 59 minutes

 

Un secret (A Secret)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Claude Miller (2007)
Tale of one French family’s life in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust — and how the family survived these events: François is a quiet boy growing up in a comfortable home in 1950s Paris under the eye of a loving mother and critical father. At the age of 15, he learns more of his family history from their neighbor and family friends, and learns the reasons for his parents’ secretiveness; based on Philippe Grimbert’s novel of the same title, which was based on real events.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

 

 

Tanguy
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Étienne Chatiliez (2001)
Dramatic comedy starring Sabine Azéma, André Dussolier, Éric Berger, and Hélène Duc; Tanguy, at 28 years old, has everything going for him – he’s attractive, intelligent, fluent in multiple languages – except for the fact that he still lives with his parents. Hoping for some peace in the house, his mother and father begin a campaign to get their son to move out.
In French, no subtitles
2 hours

 

Timbuktu
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Abderrahmane Sissako (2014)
Drama based on the brief occupation of Timbuktu, Mali by Ansar Dine, an extremist Islamist group; Kidane, a cattle herder, and his family live outside of Timbuktu, peacefully avoiding the regime that has taken over the city. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Kidane commits a crime, and the jihadists arrest him; his family must grapple with the consequences of his sentencing. This poignant film is influenced by true historical events. By exploring the acts of rebellion of the occupied city’s people, the resilient spirit of humanity juxtaposes the unsustainable nature of oppressive, fundamentalist law. 
In French, Arabic and English with optional English subtitles
1 hour 36 minutes

 

Tomboy
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Céline Sciamma (2011)
Laure is the new kid in town. Adopting a tomboy identity, she acts like a boy and goes by the name “Mikael.” Her newfound friends initially have no idea that “Mikael” is actually a girl; Laure can seemingly keep up with the boys. Her friend Lisa begins to fall for her. Eventually, Laure’s friends discover that “Mikael” isn’t quite who he seems to be, and she faces an identity crisis.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 22 minutes

 

Les Tontons flingueurs
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Georges Lautner (1963)
Fernand Naudin, an ex-gangster, is living a peaceful life by selling agricultural machinery when his childhood friend, “The Mexican”, boss of a gangster organization, interrupts the tranquility. Upon the death of “the Mexican”,  Fernand is named the new boss of the organization. As a result, Mr. Fernand has to take care of the daughter and the business of “the Mexican” at the same time. Patricia, the daughter of “the Mexican” is a worriless girl who hates school and cares only about having fun. Interesting things happen when Fernand serves as the girl’s guardian as well as fights against the Volfoni brothers who have always been trying to kill him.   
In French with optional French subtitles for the hearing impaired
1 hour 45 minutes

 


Le vernis craque (The Varnish Cracks)
All-Region (NTSC) DVD
Daniel Janneau (2011)
2 films: Le déjeuner des canotiers (The Luncheon of the Boating Party) - Renoir; Un bal au Moulin de la Galette (At the Moulin de la Galette) - Toulouse-Lautrec
Drama; This pair of short films brings two famous paintings to life. The first film, Le Déjeuner des canotiers (The Luncheon of the Boating Party), based on the painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is a murder mystery: Renoir tries to find his two models who went missing with a serial killer who is at large. The second film, Un bal au Moulin de la Galette (At the Moulin de la Galette), based on the painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, follows Lautrec as he uncovers who stole the sketches he needs to complete his masterpiece. Both films combine history with intrigue to create riveting storylines about two great pieces of art. 
In French with optional English subtitles or French subtitles for the hearing impaired
Each film approx. 1 hour

 

Versailles: Le testament 

Region 2 (PAL) interactive DVD
To be used with DVD player or PAL-enabled Macintosh or PC computer; playing the role of 1700-era courtisan Charles-Louis de Faverolles the user (via animated on-screen characters) presents himself to the court of Louis XIV in hopes of becoming a diplomat to be sent to Spain where resides Elvira, his beloved; game based on historical facts and features dialogue opportunities with historical characters such as Louis XIV, Madame de Maintenon, etc.; © 2001–2003 Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Dreamcatcher Europe/Établissement Public du Musée du domaine de Versailles.

 

Le vieil homme et l’enfant (The Two of Us)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Claude Berri (1967)
A Jewish Parisian family struggles to keep their troublesome son safe during the Nazi occupation. The parents move the family several times to different towns, but finally decide to send 9-year-old Claude away to the country to live with the elderly parents of a friendly neighbor. Claude must hide his Jewish identity even from his protectors, whom he learns to affectionately call “Grandpa and Grandma” (Papi et Mami). Despite the old man’s blatant anti-Semitism, Claude and Grandpa come to share a unique bond across generational and cultural chasms.
In French with English subtitles
1 hour 27 minutes

 

Un village français (A French Village) - 1940 - TV Series - Saison (Season) 1
4-Region 1 (NTSC) DVD set 
Philippe Triboit and Olivier Guignard (2009)
In French with on-screen English subtitles
11 hours 40 minutes = total time of Episodes 1-12 & Bonus Feature (A Glimpse into History - Ils y étaient)

 

Violette
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Martin Provost (2013)
This biographical drama presents the vexed life of French author Violette Leduc (1907–1972). Frustrated with her loveless relationship with Maurice Sachs, she begins to write down her life at her partner’s suggestion. She introduces her first manuscript to the prolific intellectual/activist Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1986), and the two strike up a professional but lopsided friendship. After some pitiful existential bouts, Violette finally manages to publish a best-seller.
In French with on-screen English subtitles
1 hour 38 minutes

 

Virgil
Region 2 (PAL) DVD
Mabrouk El Mechri (2005)
Comedic drama starring Jalil Lespert, Lea Drucker, and Jean-Pierre Cassel. Virgil’s father Ernest has been in jail for six years. During their weekly visits Virgil tells him about his latest victory in the boxing ring. The only problem is that Virgil hasn’t been back in the ring since Ernest first went to jail. When Ernest announces that he is due to be released ahead of schedule, in about 6 months’ time, Virgil must pick up his boxing gloves once again.
In French with optional French captioning and English subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes