|The Bridge of San Luis Rey 2004 PG, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mary McGuckian
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Robert De Niro, F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel, Geraldine Chaplin, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Emilie Dequenne, Adriana Dominguez, Samuel Le Bihan, John Lynch, Dominique Pinon, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Jim Sheridan
In the 18th century, a freak accident on a rope bridge stretching over a Peruvian ravine results in the deaths of five people. Was the accident part of God's Divine Plan? That is the question asked by a monk, Brother Juniper (Gabriel Byrne) as he investigates the life stories of the victims. Previously made in 1944.
|Brotherhood of the Wolf 2001 R, 142 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Adventure / Action / Horror / Mystery
Director: Christophe Gans
Cast: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jean Yanne, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Edith Scob, Hans Meyer, Jeremie Renier, Jacques Perrin, Johan Leysen, Bernard Farcy, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Nahon
According to French legend, in the year 1765 trouble brewed in the form of a beast that killed humans in the mountains of France. Two brave men–one, enlightened Parisian Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), and the other, wise native American Iroquois Mani (Mark Dacascos)–are sent by King Louis XV to investigate the uncivilized, backward Gevaudan province, which is far removed from Paris society.
|Capitaine Conan 1996 N/R, 130 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Cast: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, Catherine Rich, Francois Berleand, Claude Rich, Laurent Schilling, Jean-Yves Roan
Based on Roger Veral's 1939 novel, this excellent film poses the question: "What do trained warriors do when the fighting ends?" Conan (Philippe Torreton) led a band of ruthless French warriors during World War I and now, in peacetime, he tries to protect them from themselves.
|He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not 2002 N/R, 92 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Laetitia Colombani
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carre, Clement Sibony, Sophie Guillemin, Eric Savin, Michele Garay, Elodie Navarre, Catherine Cyler, Mathilde Blache
Angelique (Audrey Tautou) schemes to get a married doctor, Loic (Samuel Le Bihan), to leave his pregnant wife. But, when the story is retold through Loic's eyes, the audience begins to realize that crucial details concerning events in Angelique's version were missing.
|The Stolen Years 1998 N/R, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Adventure
Director: Fernando Colomo
Cast: Jordi Molla, Ernesto Alterio, Hedy Burress, Allison Smith, Juan Echanove, Josep Maria Pou, Samuel Le Bihan, Alex Angulo, Pepon Nieto, Ana Rayo, Pepo Oliva, Mario Vedoya, Juli Mira, Chema Mazo, Monica Cano
Spanish college students–Tomas and Jaime (Jordi Molla and Ernesto Alterio)–are arrested for painting revolutionary grafitti and sent to jail in Madrid. But they outwit the authorities, break out of prison, disguise themselves, and pose as tourists driving a convertible around Spain with two Americans, Kathy (Hedy Burress) and Susan (Allison Smith).
|Three Colors: Red 1994 R, 91 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama / Comedy
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Cast: Irene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frederique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Samuel Le Bihan, Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, Marion Stalens, Teco Celio, Jean Schlegel, Bernard Escalon, Elzbieta Jasinska, Paul Vermeulen, Jean-Marie Daunas, Roland Carey
"Red" concludes Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, following "White" and "Blue." Connections, or misconnections, we all experience as we go about our lives is the theme of this film about Valentine (Irene Jacob) who runs over a dog with her car. She rescues the dog and then returns it to its owner, Judge Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who says that he no longer wants it. The judge is a bitter old man, but, after a series of connections, Valentine grows close to him, and they both gain happiness through their friendship. Director Kieslowski was nominated for an Oscar.
|Venus Beauty Institute 1999 N/R, 105 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Drama
Director: Tonie Marshall
Cast: Nathalie Baye, Bulle Ogier, Samuel Le Bihan, Jacques Bonnaffe, Mathilde Seigner, Audrey Tautou, Robert Hossein, Elli Medeiros, Micheline Presle, Emmanuelle Riva
Madame Nadine (Bulle Ogier) and her employees–Angele (Nathalie Baye), Samantha (Mathilde Seigner), and Marie (Audrey Tautou)–at the Parisian Venus Beauty Institute make their customers feel better about themselves. But, at the same time, the beauticians suffer their own psychological ups and downs running the gamut from casual sex to jealousy to suicide. This film received four Cesars (French Oscars) for Best Picture, Screenplay, Director, and Young Actress.
|1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)|
2. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
3. Capitaine Conan (1996)
4. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002)
5. The Stolen Years (1998)
6. Three Colors: Red (1994)
7. Venus Beauty Institute (1999)
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