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Department of

Languages and Literatures

French Film Series - Fall 2014

Discover Paris through the lens of French film makers and see the différence!

All films will be shown at 8:15 p.m. on the dates indicated below in CAMINO HALL 108.

Contact: Professor MichÈle Magnin (mmagnin | 260-4063 - FH138)


Click on the title to watch the trailer.


Title: LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMÉLIE POULAIN - Description: DVD coverLe fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie)

September 16

2001 romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

This major box-office success is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation.

Title: Diva - Description: DVD cover


October 7

1981 French thriller directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix

Internationally acclaimed cult movie with three intersecting plots involving Jules, a young “facteur” (postman) who is obsessed with Cynthia Hawkins, a beautiful and celebrated opera singer who has never consented to have her performances recorded. He attends a concert, secretly and illegally records it. Unknowingly, Jules also comes into possession of another important tape: the testimony of a prostitute, exposing a high-ranking policeman, as the boss of various rackets. The prostitute drops the recording in the bag of the postman's moped moments before she is murdered.

Title: Chacun cherche son chat - Description: DVD coverChacun cherche son chat (When The Cat’s Away)

October 28

1996 French drama directed by Cédric Klapisch.

The story is about a young woman living in Paris, in the Bastille neighborhood, who has lost her cat. Through the pursuit of the cat, the film lets the spectator discover the contrasts of the district, which is evolving from a typical Parisian district to a modern and young district and the contrast between its inhabitants. In fact it is the story of a village in a large city. Klapisch shows the behaviour of an individual inside a group. He has succeeded in joining together actors, theatre actors and residents of the district, creating a credible atmosphere that is probably the reason for the success of this film outside France.

Title: PARIS JE T’AIME  - Description: DVD coverParis, je t'aime (Paris I Love You)

November 18

2006 anthology starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements (districts) or neighborhoods:  Montmartre, Le Marais, Les Tuileries, Bastille, La Tour Eiffel, Quartier des Enfants Rouges

We will only watch the first ten features and look for the different views of the City of Love through the eyes of each director (including the Cohen brothers).

Following the success of Paris, je t'aime, a similarly structured film, New York, I Love You, focusing on life in that city, premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and was released in a limited number of theatres in 2009.

The Cities of Love website states that there are 3 more films in the series to be released. They include Rio, Eu Te Amo, Shanghai, and Jerusalem, I Love You.


(film descriptions adapted from Wikipedia)