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French Cinema

The influence of France on the world screen is undeniable. From early inventors and pioneers such as the Lumiere Brothers, George Melies and Alice Guy Blache, the birth of cinema can virtually be traced back to French shores. Cinematic innovators such as Jean Renoir and Michael Carne followed. By the 1960s New Wave directors like Truffaut, Godard and Chabrol had an indelible impact on fledgling American film makers such as Scorsese, Coppola and Bogdanovich who revolutionised the way films were made in the US; studios fell, auteurs ruled. With the advent of television, French film budgets shrank but thanks to government intervention and a good deal of imagination, French cinema is still going strong with contemporary talents like Jean-Jaques Beineix, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Luc Besson and the controversial Gaspar Noe. At Alice we're very proud of our extensive French collection, covering all genres from French farce to period drama, magical realism to mystery and suspense. Viva la France!

13 Tzameti (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Gela Babluani
Starring: Georges Babluani, Pascal Bongard, Aurelien Recoing

A compelling, tense noir-thriller about 22-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) who learns that his neighbour will be receiving a package promising... Read more

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1966)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret

Inspired by a real article on housewife prostitution, the film examines Godard's theory that those living in 60s Paris had to prostitute themselves to... Read more

2 Seconds (1998)

6.7/10
Director: Manon Briand
Starring: Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone, Jonathan Bolduc, Suzanne Clement, Yves Pelleti...

Champion of the mountain bike circuit, Laurie (Charlotte Laurier) is, after ten years, still at the top of her game. At the start of a crucial race sh... Read more

22 Bullets ( L'Immortel ) (2010)

6.7/10
Director: Richard Berry
Starring: Jean Reno, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kad Merad, Marina Fois

From Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita" and producer of 'Taken' comes the riveting revenge drama '22 Bulletts'. Charlie Mattei (Jean Reno) is a reti... Read more

3 Hearts ( 3 coeurs ) (2014)

5.9/10
Director: Benoit Jacquot
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Benoit Poelvoorde, Chiara Mastroianni

A touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion, 3 HEARTS presents a headily romantic look at a classic love triangle. One night in... Read more

3 is a Crowd ( Je reste! ) (2003)

Director: Diane Kurys
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Vincent Perez, Charles Berling, Pascale Roberts

AKA "Je Reste!" Marie-Dominique has been married to Bertrand for 15 years. They have a young son, a lovely home and a seemingly blissful marriage. But... Read more

35 Shots of Rum (2008)

7.1/10
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Gregoire Colin, Alex Descas

Parisian widower Lionel (Alex Descas) and his adult daughter Josephine (Mati Diop) struggle to cope with their generational differences and the challe... Read more

36 Fillette (1988)

6/10
Director: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parniere

An insightful drama about sexual politics and male hypocrisy. On a family holiday a bored 14 year old teenager falls in love with an older man, is sed... Read more

36 Quai des Orfevres (2004)

7.6/10
Director: Olivier Marchal
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Andre Dussollier, Valeria Golino, Roschdy Zem

Two of France's most charismatic and enduring actors, Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil face off as cops competing for the same promotion, using all... Read more

5150 Elm's Way (2009)

Director: Eric Tessier
Starring: Sonia Vachon, Elodie Lariviere, Normand D'Amour, Marc-Andre Grondin

5150 Elm's Way is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick falls off his bike, he knocks at the door of the Beaulieu residen... Read more