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French Cinema

France, the country where cinema was born, has given us some of the masters of cinema. cinema.

This collection includes classics from acknowledged greats, such as Jean Renoir (La Règle du jeu), Jean-Luc Godard (the effortlessly cool Breathless, the film student favourite Le Mépris), Robert Bresson (the devastatingly moving Au hasard Balthazar) and Jean Cocteau (a ravishing restoration of La Belle et la Bête, one of the greatest fairytales cinema has ever given us). We also explore some of the recent greats, from with two films from Jacques Audiard – A Prophet (2009), his award-winning prison drama chronicling the rise to power of a young French Arab, and Rust and Bone (2012), which won the best film award at the BFI London Film Festival. You can also see films from major directors Claire Denis (Bastards), Céline Sciamma (Tomboy) and Sébastien Lifshitz (Les Invisibles). cinema.

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EvolutionEvolution

Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

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GirlhoodGirlhood

Drama2014113 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

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EdenEden

Drama2014131 minsDirector: Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve’s stylish and transcendent story of house music is one of the great films about dance culture.

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Goodbye First LoveGoodbye First Love

Drama2011106 minsDirector: Mia Hansen-Løve

The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).

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The New GirlfriendThe New Girlfriend

Melodrama2014108 minsDirector: François Ozon

Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.

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Jeune & jolieJeune & jolie

Drama201393 mins

Francois Ozon’s sly and seductive account of teenage girl’s dalliance with high-class prostitution.

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Betty BlueBetty Blue

Drama1986185 minsDirector: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

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I've Loved You So LongI've Loved You So Long

Drama2008112 minsDirector: Philippe Claudel

The stunning, BAFTA-winning drama stars Kristin Scott Thomas as an ex-con starting afresh after a fifteen-year prison sentence.

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Fidelio, Alice's JourneyFidelio, Alice's Journey

Drama201597 minsDirector: Lucie Borleteau

When Alice takes a job as a ship’s engineer her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé is tested when she discovers a former lover is the ship’s captain.

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Lila SaysLila Says

Drama200787 minsDirector: Ziad Doueiri

Ziad Doueiri’s provocative Lila Says is a sun-drenched romance full of sensuality, secrets, and tragedy.

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Two Days, One NightTwo Days, One Night

Drama201495 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.

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Eastern BoysEastern Boys

Drama2012124 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

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Au hasard BalthazarAu hasard Balthazar

Drama196695 minsDirector: Robert Bresson

Robert Bresson’s pared-down style elicits extraordinary pathos from this devastating tale of an abused donkey passing from owner to owner.

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Goodbye to LanguageGoodbye to Language

Drama201470 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.

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A Prophet [Un prophète]A Prophet [Un prophète]

Crime2009156 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard’s award-winning crime drama chronicles the rites of passage and eventual rise to power of a young French Arab. Tough, taut, truthful.

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Jean de FloretteJean de Florette

Drama1986116 minsDirector: Claude Berri

The film that inspired a wave of British migration to Provence, Claude Berri’s magical evocation of a bygone rustic France, with Gerard Depardieu.

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Manon des SourcesManon des Sources

Drama1986109 minsDirector: Claude Berri

The sequel to Jean de Florette concludes the Provencal period saga about two farming clans, headed by Emmanuelle Béart and Daniel Auteuil.

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BastardsBastards

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Claire Denis

Claire Denis’ moody and atmospheric thriller about an absent brother returning to the fold to investigate his family’s murky secrets.

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Blue is the Warmest ColourBlue is the Warmest Colour

Romance2013180 minsDirector: Abdel Kechiche

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

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LourdesLourdes

Drama200995 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner’s cool, compassionate exploration of religious faith follows various believers and non-believers hoping for miracle cures in Lourdes

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Rust and BoneRust and Bone

Drama2012123 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Rust and Bone is as punchy and abrasive as its title suggests – but intensely moving and surprisingly poetic too.

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ElleElle

Drama2015131 minsDirector: Paul Verhoeven

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Drama201594 minsDirector: Eva Husson

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

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"Corona" Cordials taken hot - are good to drink and good for you"Corona" Cordials taken hot - are good to drink and good for you

Advert19381 minsSilent

It's so easy to drink reviving Corona Cordials because the Corona man delivers right to your door.

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A Century of French CinemaA Century of French Cinema

Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Luc Godard

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

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Anchor and HopeAnchor and Hope

Comedy2018113 minsDirector: Carlos Marques-Marcet

Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.