French films set during the occupation of France in World War Two

Surviving AuschwitzVICTOR YOUNG PEREZ/SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ (15) 2013 FRANCE OUANICHE, JACQUES £15.99
Biopic about the young Jewish Tunisian boxer ‘Young’ Perez (Brahim Asloum) who went on to become a world flyweight champion but was arrested in Paris in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz to serve as a slave labourer and box for the viewing pleasure of the SS.

In French with English subtitles

FRENCH LANGUAGE FILM NOT

L’ARMEE DU CRIME/ARMY OF CRIME  (15) 2009  FRANCE     GUEDIGUIAN, ROBERT    DVD – £15.99
    French World War II drama chronicling the famous 1944 ‘Red Poster’ case, in which a group of foreign partisans defied French apathy to form their own resistance against the Nazi occupation.
L’ARMEE DES OMBRES/ARMY OF SHADDOWS (12) 1969  FRANCE  MELVILLE, J.P. DVD – £17.99  BLU RAY – £24.99
 Based on the Joseph Kessel novel the film is one of the greatest and the most authentic film  portrayals of the French Resistance.
LES AMOURS SECRÈTES (12) 2010 FRANCE  PHELIZON, FRANCK    £12.99
    A Jewish man, reflects on the Second World War through his sister’s diary written in 1942 in Nazi-occupied France.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN (PG) 2013 FRANCE VANIER, NICOLAS   £19.99
    Adventure film set in the French Alps in 1943. Based on the Cécile Aubry’s novel about a  young boy who befriends a dog. The film is an odyssey of the boy searching for his mother, of an old man searching for his past, a Resistance fighter searching for love and a German officer searching for forgiveness.
BON VOYAGE (12) 2004 FRANCE  RAPPENEAU, JEAN PAUL  DVD –  £19.99
 Paris 1940. The eve of the Nazi takeover. Seven people flee the capital for Bordeaux in order to  escape the occupation, taking shelter at the Hotel Splendide.
LE CHANT DES MARIÉES /THE WEDDING SONG (15) 2008 FRANCE  ALBO, KARIN U    IN ARABIC & FRENCH  DVD – £15.99
    Drama set during World War Two, following two women who try to maintain their friendship under difficult circumstances. Nour and Myriam, an Arab and a Jew who have been best pals since childhood, find their lives in turmoil as the Nazis gain control over Tunis
LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ/SORROW AND THE PITY (E) FRANCE 1969  OPHULS, MARCEL  DVD –  £24.99  
 Film combines interviews with archive footage to explore the reality of occupation of the industrial city Clermont-Ferrand by the Germans in World War Two.
LE CORBEAU (PG) 1943 FRANCE   HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT DVD –  £19.99
  First  French film noir made in German occupied France which ensured a storm of controversy and it was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press and the Catholic Church.
LE DERNIER MÉTRO/LAST METRO (PG) FRANCE 1980 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS       DVD – £15.99    BLU RAY – £19.99
 Depardieu and Deneuve in a wartime story of a theatre  troupe  whose Jewish director must stay hidden from the Gestapo.
DIPLOMATIE/DIPLOMACY (12) 2014 FRANCE  SCHLÖNDORFF,  VOLKER   £19.99
    World War Two in occupied Paris and  Adolf Hitler’s has ordered the destruction of many of the city’s famous landmarks.  Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling tries to  stall the German action while waiting for the Allied forces can save the city.
ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH/SARAH’S KEY (12) 2010  FRANCE  PAQUET-BRENNER, GILLES   DVD –  £17.99
    A Jewish girl’s story opens wounds from France’s wartime past.  Living in Paris while her architect husband Bertrand (Frederic Pierrot) restores his family’s apartment block, writer Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) stumbles across the wartime history of the block’s original Jewish owners, who were arrested by the Vichy government as part of the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942 and forced to sell their property. As the story unfolds, Julia becomes increasingly haunted by the fate of ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski (Melusine Mayance), who, after being detained, escapes in a desperate attempt to return to the block where she has secretly hidden her younger brother.
ENFANTS DU PARADIS (PG) 1945 FRANCE  B/W   CARNE, MARCEL   DVD – £19.99   BLU RAY – £22.99
 Marcel Carne’s greatest work was made in  German-occupied  France  during the 2nd World   War. The story  intertwines the fates of four men who love one woman in 1820s  Paris. The central figure of the film, Garance, has also been likened to a symbol of a liberated  France, a woman who will never be dominated.
LA FILLE DU PUISATIER/THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER (PG) 2011 FRANCE AUTEUIL, DANIEL DVD – £19.99
    Based on the Marcel Pagnol novel set in  Provence during the First World War
INDIGÈNES/DAYS OF GLORY (12) 2006  FRANCE     BOUCHAREB, R.  DVD – £19.99    BLU RAYU – £24.99
 This award-winning film  shows WWII through the eyes of four North African soldiers fighting for the French army during the German occupation.
JEUX INTERDITS /FORBIDDEN GAMES (12) 1952 FRANCE    CLÉMENT, RENÉ    DVD – £15.99   BLU RAY – £19.99
    Set in France in 1940, the story follows five-year-old Paulette (Brigitte Fossey), who is left traumatised after her parents and pet dog are killed in a Nazi air attack whilst fleeing Paris. She soon finds herself befriended by ten-year-old Michel Dollé (Georges Poujouly), however, whose peasant family takes her in.
    As Paulette and Michel become best friends, they find a way of coping with the death and destruction that surrounds them by creating their own world, and in particular, a small cemetery in the ruins of an old barn, where they bury Paulette’s dog, and any other dead animals and insects they find.
LA GRANDE VADROUILLE (PG) 1966  FRANCE  OURY,  GERARD DVD – £15.99
 French wartime comedy farce.
LAISSEZ PASSER (12)  2002 FRANCE BERTRAND TAVERNIER  DVD – £19.99
 Acclaimed true-life tale of French Resistance sympathisers working in the movies during World War Two.
LUCIE AUBRAC (15) 1997 FRANCE BERRI, CLAUDE   DVD – £29.99
 A beautiful romance in the Second World War, based on a true story, about a
woman trying to rescue her husband, a betrayed resistance member  from prison. Only available in the Claude Berri DVD Collection (Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources,  Germinal and Lucie Aubrac).
A SECRET  (15) 2007  FRANCE MILLER,CLAUDE    DVD – £19.99
 Adaptation of Philippe Grimbert’s bestselling novel,  this film is a compelling account of a 15-year- old  boy who unearths a shocking family secret.Spanning half a century, the film’s multi-layered narrative revolves  around a Jewish family torn asunder  during the impending German occupation of France during World War II.
LE SILENCE DE LA MER (PG)   1949  FRANCE  MELVILLE, J.P.        DVD – £19.99
  Melville’s debut film is an adaptation of the novella by French resistance author Vercors, which was  clandestinely written in 1942 during the Nazi occupation of France in WWII
UN CONDAMNÉ À MORT S’EST ÉCHAPPÉ OU LE/A MAN ESCAPED (U) 1966 FRANCE B/W  BRESSON,   ROBERT     DVD –  £19.99
 Taut and exciting story of a daring escape by a French resistance leader in World War II
UN HÉROS TRÈS DISCRET/SELF MADE HERO (15)  1996  FRANCE AUDIARD, JACQUES     £19.99
 Comedy-drama set in the winter of  1944.
UN AMOUR Ã  TAIRE/A LOVE TO HIDE (15) 2005 FRANCE FAURE,   CHRISTIAN   DVD – £14.99
 Stirring drama that takes place in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1942. The story revolves around a gay male couple who must keep their love a secret for fear of persecution. Their lives are further complicated by the appearance of a young Jewish woman seeking refuge.
ALL DVDS ARE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES , UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.

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