IRRÉVERSIBLE/IRREVERSIBLE (18) FRANCE 2002 NOE, GASPAR £7.99
Marcus and his girlfriend Alex’s world is torn apart in the most unimaginably brutal way possible in this shocking and violent film that divided opinion. It was seen as by some as a masterpiece and others as an exploitation movie.
RIENS DU TOUT/LITTLE NOTHINGS (12) 1992 FRANCE KLAPISCH, CÉDRIC BLU RAY £22.99
Parisian department store Les Grandes Galeries is failing. In a last-ditch effort to save the 100-year-old store, the board hire and give him one year to turn things around.
In this critique of modern management techniques and globalisation Mr. Lepetit begins with the staff, a microcosm of French society, who must learn to believe in themselves and each other.
JEANNETTE, L’ENFANCE DE JEANNE D’ARC/JOAN OF ARC AND JEANNETTE 2017 FRANCE DUMONT, BRUNO £19.99 The film is a musical using contemporary music and a cast of non-professional actors to tell the story of the early life Joan of Arc
COINCOIN ET LES Z’INHUMAINS/COINCOIN AND THE EXTRA HUMANS (15) 2018 FRANCE DUMONT, BRUNO £15.99
As the Guardian newspaper put it ‘zany sci-fi mystery with a side-order of political parody, again using nonprofessionals and people’
When a strange affliction befalls the residents of his town, Captain Van Der Weyden begin investigating what could be a possible alien attack.
LA GRANDE ILLUISION (PG) 1937 FRANCE RENOIR, JEAN BLU RAY DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Renoir’s profound examination of war. Set in a First World War German prisoner-of-war camp, three French soldiers, working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, middle-class Jew Rosenthal and aristocratic senior officer Captain de Boieldieu, are held prisoner by Commandant von Rauffenstein. A bond of sympathy develops between the German Commandant and the senior French officer, but even though de Boieldieu sacrifices himself for his compatriots to escape, the pair must return to a harsh reality once their role as war heroes is over.
A BOUT DE SOUFFLE/BREATHLESS (PG) 1959 FRANCE GODARD, JEAN-LUC DVD – £17.99 DVD – £22.99
Godard’s first film is now seen as the key film in the French new wave.
The film recount the love brief love affair between petty criminal Michel and young American student Patricia. However when Michel kills a policeman the pair go on the run.
LE CERCLE ROUGE (PG) 1970 FRANCE MELVILLE, JEAN-PIERRE DVD – £17.99 DVD – £21.99
Following his release from prison, thief Corey teams up with alcoholic ex-cop Jansen and escaped criminal Vogel to plot a daring heist of an upmarket Parisian jewellery store against impossible odds.
PAPICHA (15) 2020 ALGERIA MEDDOUR, MOUNIA IN FRENCH £15.99
Talented young student, Papicha, struggles against the rise of radical Islamism in 1990s Algeria. Papicha spends her time having nights out with friends and designing her own fashion line. However, all that is about to change when Islamic insurgents attempt to make compulsory the veiling of women.
As Papicha’s freedoms become more and more restricted, she must either choose to resist the regime or conform to the oppressive rules to keep she and her friends safe.
In French with English subtitles. Also dubbed into Arabic
JACQUES TATI COLLECTION (U) 1949-1974 FRANCE BLU RAY ONLY – £69.99
Contains – Jour de fête (1949), Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953), Oncle (1958) Playtime (1967), ‘Trafic’ (1971) and Parade (1974).
‘Jour de Fete’ (1949) – was Tati’s directorial debut and became one of his most famous comedies. After observing the high-speed efficiency of the American postal service, the postman, François (Tati), of a sleepy French town is inspired to add a little excitement into his delivery route.
‘Les Vacances De M. Hulot’ (1953) – As Hulot sets off on a holiday by the sea, accidents and severe misunderstandings follow him leaving his fellow hotel guests less than satisfied.
‘Mon Oncle’ (1958) – Monsieur Hulot returns with his brother-in-law, the manager of a plastics factory. When Hulot discovers that his nephew has been growing up in a house full of gadgets and gizmos he tries to steer him away from a life of automation.
Playtime’ (1967) – Monsieur Hulot accompanys a group of female American tourists as they travel through Paris.
‘Trafic’ (1971) – Monsieur Hulot drives his innovative motorhome from Paris to a motorshow in Amsterdam, encountering many problems on his travels.
‘Parade’ (1974) – docudrama starring Tati giving a jovial observation of the circus, including the shenanigans that go on behind-the-scenes of the production.
POLYTECHNIQUE (15) 2009 CANADA VILLENEUVE, DENIS BLU RAY ONLY – £19.99
Young lives are changed for ever when a gunman opens fire in a Canadian engineering school, determined to kill as many women as possible. A dramatisation of the 1989 Montréal massacre, Polytechnique documents events through the eyes of two students and the perpetrator, and explores how the horrors of a single day leave a legacy far beyond the shooting itself.
In French with English subtitles
• Presented in High Definition
• Includes both English and French-language versions of the film
• Polytechnique: Ce qu’il reste du 6 décembre (2019, 52 mins): made for the 30th anniversaryof the Montréal massacre, Judith Plamondon’sdocumentary gives voice to the survivors and witnesses of the tragedy and is narrated by KarineVanasse, actor and co-producer of Polytechnique
•Production: Canada | 2009 | black and white | 77 minutes | French with English subtitles, and English with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | original aspect ratio 2.35:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
LA VÉRITÉ/TRUTH (15) 2019 FRANCE KOREEDA, HIROKAZU DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY £19.99
After her mother, celebrated actress Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve ), publishes her memoirs, Lumir (Juliette Binoche) travels to Paris to visit her.
Back in her childhood home, Lumir’s reunion with her mother leads to confrontations about the past and harsh truths are revealed.
CELLE QUE VOUS CROYEZ /WHO YOU THINK I AM (15) 2018 FRANCE NEBBOU, SAFY £19.99
Based on the novel by Camille Laurens, Juliette Binoche plays divorced middle-aged academic Claire Millaud, who creates a fake profile on social media and becomes Clara, a beautiful 24 year-old. 20-something Alex fall for Claire’s online alter ego and insists that they meet in person.
LA VIE EST UN LONG FLEUVE TRANQUILLE/LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER (15) 1988 FRANCE CHATILIEZ, ETIENNE BLU RAY ONLY £19.99
Two families, one wealthy and conservative, the other poor, discover their babies were switched at birth 12 years ago.
A nurse at a maternity clinic, having been spurned by her obstetrician lover, swaps two babies as revenge. Little Bernadette, child of the low-life Grosielles, is brought up in luxury by the snobbish, wealthy Quesnoys, while their son Momo takes her place. Years later the nurse completes her revenge by informing all interested parties of the switch.
AU BOUT DES DOIGTS/IN HER HANDS (12) 2018 FRANCE BERNARD, LUDVIC £15.99
One day Matthieu, a troubled young man, spellbinds passengers by playing a public piano at a Paris train station. Also listening is music academy director Pierre who recognizes a rare talent in Matthieu.
Taken under Pierre’s wing the untrained and undisciplined Matthieu is entered into the nation’s most prestigious piano competitions.
But racked with self-doubt, Matthieu struggles and is frustrated to find out that talent just isn’t enough.
by Gianfranco Conti, PhD. Co-author of 'The Language Teacher toolkit' and "Breaking the sound barrier: teaching learners how to listen', winner of the 2015 TES best resource contributor award and founder of www.language-gym.com