HAPPY END (15) 2016 FRANCE HANEKE, MICHAEL DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £15.99
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz star in a movie about the affluent upper-bourgeois Laurent family, a family with many skeletons in their closet.
SOUVENIR (12) 2016 FRANCE DEFURNE, BAVO £19.99
Isabelle Huppert plays a long forgotten European Song Contest runner-up who now works in a factory. However fellow factory worker Jean, a 21-year-old aspiring boxer want to help her relaunch her career, in this film of love, redemption and second chances.
ELLE (18) 2016 FRANCE VERHOEVEN, PAUL £19.99
Adapted from Philippe Djian’s novel. After a sexually assaulted in her own home, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) decides not to report the incident to the police but to hunt down the assailant on her own and becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse which soon threatens to get out of hand.
The cast also includes Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny and Charles Berling. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, winning in both categories for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Huppert) and Best Foreign Language Film, and an Academy Award for Best Actress (Huppert).
VALLEY OF LOVE (15) 2015 FRANCE GUILLAUME NICLOUX £15.99
Black comedy starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert as a long-estranged couple who are brought together in Death Valley, California, by the suicide of their adult son Michael and the note he left saying he would
reappear to them in the valley.
Unsure whether this is Michael’s way of seeking some form of revenge or whether the trip is designed to bring them together, Gérard and Isabelle reluctantly adhere to his instructions.
L’AVENIR /THINGS TO COME (12A) 2016 FRANCE MIA HANSEN-LØVE £15.99
Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), a philosophy teacher, re-evaluates her life after her husband of 25 years informs her he is leaving her to be with another woman and her possessive mother passes away in her nursing home.
Using the theories she teaches, Nathalie tries to take back control of her life and find her true self .
AMATEUR (15) 1984 HARTLEY, HAL £15.99
Quirky comedy thriller directed by Hal Hartley. Isabelle Huppert plays a nyphomaniac ex-nun pornographer who’s never had sex but falls in love with Thomas (Martin Donovan), an amnesiac pornographer who is on the run from Holland after ripping off some corporate clients. Meanwhile his wife Sofia (Elina Lowensöhn) is in New York escaping from her husband and seeking help from a homicidal accountant.
THE CLAIRE DENIS COLLECTION (15) £29.99
Collection of four films directed by Claire Denis. In ‘White Material’ (2009), when coffee plantation owner Henri Vial (Michel Subor), his son Andre (Christopher Lambert) and his ex-wife Marie (Isabelle Huppert) find themselves caught up in the turmoil of a rapidly disintegrating political situation, they refuse to acknowledge the danger of the social unrest that has now reached boiling point in their adopted homeland. Joining forces with a black rebel army hero who is also embroiled in the tumult, the Vials fight to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them.
In ‘Beau Travail’ (1999), Sergeant-Major Galoup (Denis Lavant) is growing increasingly jealous of the popular new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) and decides to bring about his downfall. Eventually, when the platoon have left on a series of exercises, Galoup manages to provoke Sentain into a direct confrontation and the two of them come face-to-face for the last time in an incredible sequence set against a harsh, rocky coastal landscape. In ‘Nénette et Boni’ (1996), Boni (Colin) has enough trouble containing his erotic fixation with the local baker’s wife, but when his estranged younger sister, Nénette (Alice Houri), arrives on his doorstep claiming she’s pregnant, a whole host of new problems come to the fore.
As the two struggle to adjust to their new situation, they begin to understand each other as well as the new responsibility which awaits them in the future. In ‘Chocolat’ (1988), a young French woman returns to the remote bush region of the Cameroons where she grew up. Her journey inspires recollections of the colonial lifestyle, the servant she befriended and a particularly unsettling incident when a plane crashed nearby and the house was invaded by passengers and crew.
by Gianfranco Conti, PhD. Co-author of 'The Language Teacher toolkit', 'Breaking the sound barrier: teaching learners how to listen', 'Memory: what every teacher should know' and of the 'Sentence Builders' book series. Winner of the 2015 TES best resource contributor award, founder and CEO of www.language-gym.com, co-founder of www.sentencebuilders.com and creator of the E.P.I. approach.