Movie Guides: French Language Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

VHS = VHS
DVD = DVD

Mango Languages

Mango Languages has two full-length movies you can watch within the database with simultaneous French and English subtitles:

  • Around a Small Mountain = 36 Vues du Pic Saint Loup: Biopic based on the life of author Raymond Roussel.
  • La Moustache: When a man shaves off his mustache, a trademark he's had for years, no one around him notices, instead insisting he's never even had one. Is he going insane, or is this some kind of strange conspiracy?

Video Titles

DVD Amour --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A468 2013
A touching tale of a loving couple whose unbreakable bonds of marriage are tested by life's greatest challenge.

DVD Angel-A --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A54 2007
When a down-on-his-luck gambler tries to drown himself, he winds up rescuing a gorgeous and mysterious blonde. As they set out on a mission across Paris, he discovers that his smart, spontaneous, sexy companion may really be Heaven-sent.

DVD Année Dernière à Marienbad = Last Year at Marienbad --- MEDIA PN1997 .A564 2009
Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering.

DVD Artemisia --- MEDIA PN1997 .A73 2001
Artemisia Gentileschi is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting. She convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love.

DVD L'auberge Espagnole = The Spanish Apartment --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A93 2003
Straight-laced French college senior Xavier moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange programme, much to the dismay of his girlfriend Martine. Sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos. In French and Spanish.

DVD Being 17 --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B45 2017
Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can't stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien's mother Marianne to invite Thomas to live them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.

DVD Belle and Sebastian [Belle et Sébastien] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B45 2014
A solitary little boy meets a stray dog in the Alps, and so begins a story of enduring friendship. The six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters.

DVD La Belle et la Bête = Beauty and the Beast --- MEDIA PN1997 .B415 2006
Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast.

DVD La Belle Noiseuse = The Beautiful Troublemaker --- MEDIA PN1997 .B45656 2004
An artist near the end of his career finds new inspiration in a young model.

DVD Black and White in Color = La Victoire en Chantant --- MEDIA PN1997 .B5334 2003
An irrepressible and timely satire on racism, colonialism, and war. Set in the Ivory Coast during the First World War, a group of French colonials learn that their country is at war with Germany. Spurred on by a capricious moment of patriotism, the Frenchmen decide to attack their German neighbors who reside in a colony up the river.

DVD Blue is the Warmest Color [La Vie d'Adèle] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B58 2013
Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

DVD À Bout de Souffle --- MEDIA PN1997 .A23 2014
A small-time hood kills a police officer and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend betrays him to the police, leading to a deadly conclusion.

DVD Caché = Hidden --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C334 2005
A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband's childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy.

DVD Café au Lait --- MEDIA PN1997 .C34 2005
An interracial romantic trio come to grips with joint parenthood when a pregnant woman has two lovers and refuses to reveal which of them is the father.

DVD Cafe de Flore --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C3443 2012
In 2011, Antoine has a girlfriend, Rose, and is raising two daughters. However, Rose is not Antoine's first love, and he's still infatuated with his ex-wife Carole, the mother of his children. Carole hopes he'll someday return to her, though despite his feelings there's little evidence to suggest he will. In 1969, Jacqueline is a single mother raising a seven-year-old son with Down Syndrome who is not expected to live past 25. We learn that Jacqueline and Carole share a special connection.

DVD Camille Claudel --- MEDIA PN1997 .C359 2001
A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel.

DVD Carmen --- MEDIA M1500.B629 C4 1999
In 19th century Seville, the lusty, tempestuous Carmen seduces a naive Army corporal, Don Jose. Jose abandons his career, his fiancee and even his dying mother for the love of this sultry gypsy. But soon she spurns him for the love of a toreador, Escamillo. Crazed with jealousy, Jose begs Carmen to return to him, but her taunting declaration of independence results in tragedy.

DVD Cet Obscur Objet du Désir = That Obscure Object of Desire --- Classroom Collection
A wealthy older man has an affair with a young maid played by two different actresses in this darkly humorous satire on sexual obsession.

DVD Un Chien Andalou = Andalusian Dog --- Classroom Collection
Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dali create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. Silent with French intertitles.

DVD Les Choristes = The Chorus --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C46 2005
Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors.

DVD A Christmas Tale [Un Conte de Noël] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C47 2009
Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family.

DVD Chronique d'un Été (Paris 1960) = Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960) --- MEDIA BJ1482 .C57 2013
By interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960, Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people and give us a document of a time and place with extraordinary depth.

DVD The Class = Entre les Murs --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C53 2009
François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.

DVD Comme une Image = Look at Me --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C656 2005
Celebrity status has unexpected consequences for everyone who lives in its shadow, as the family, friends and hangers-on of a famous writer discover.

DVD The Conquest = La Conquête --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .C66 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia. This lampoon depicts the future president as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability.

DVD Danton --- MEDIA PN1997 .D36 2009
Georges Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Robespierre and his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the infamous "Reign of Terror." Danton pleads with the people for an end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their revolution.

DVD Le Dernier des Injustes = The Last of the Unjust --- MEDIA DS135.C97 L378 2014
In 1975 Rome, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, the only 'Elder of the Jews' not to have been killed during the war. From Nisko in Poland to Theresienstadt, and from Vienna to Rome, the film provides an unprecedented insight into the genesis of the Final Solution. It reveals the true face of Eichmann.

DVD Deux Jours, une Nuit = Two Days, One Night --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T86 2015
Sandra, who lives in Belgium, has just been released from a psychiatric hospital only to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. So, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes, before time runs out.

DVD Les Diaboliques --- MEDIA PN1997 .D53 2011
Tells the story of a sadistic headmaster of a Parisian boarding school who is murdered by his wife and mistress, whom he has mistreated. The women dump his body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Then come reports of sightings, terrifying his killers.

DVD Ernest et Célestine --- JUV PN1997.2 .E76 2014 (Youth Collection)
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond.

DVD Est/Ouest = East/West --- MEDIA PN1997 .E875 2000
Follows the story of an expatriate Russian and his French wife as they return to the Soviet Union in 1946 and learn to live in the post-war Soviet Union. The story eventually revolves around the struggle of Marie to decide if she should stay or leave Russia. In French and Russian.

DVD Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain: Amélie from Montmartre --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A446 2011
A whimsical girl decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out.

DVD La Femme Nikita --- MEDIA PN1997 .F46 2003
A cop-killer junkie is forced by the government to become an undercover assassin or face a life in prison.

DVD A French Village. Season 1, 1940 [Un Village Français] --- MEDIA PN1992.77 .F746 2015
The blockbuster French drama, chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists.

DVD Gabrielle --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G33 2014
The musically gifted but developmentally challenged Gabrielle lives in a group home with four other adults who have similar disabilities. Like all young women, Gabrielle wants her independence, but of course her situation is exceptional. When she falls in love with a similarly challenged young man in her choir, she discovers that both the families and the social workers are alarmed; can these two handle an adult relationship?

DVD Le Gamin au Vélo [The Kid with a Bike] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G3635 2013
Twelve-year-old Cyril, all coiled anger and furious motion, is living in a group home but refuses to believe he has been rejected by his single father. He spends his days frantically trying to reach the man, over the phone or on his beloved bicycle. It is only the patience and compassion of Samantha, the stranger who agrees to care for him, that offers the boy the chance to move on.

DVD Le Hérisson = The Hedgehog --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .H434 2009
The timely story of Paloma a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, she begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renee Michel. She begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors.

DVD Hiroshima Mon Amour --- MEDIA PN1997 .H5387 2003
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959.

DVD Les Invasions Barbares [Barbarian Invasions] --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .I583 2004
It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confront their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life.

DVD Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring [Manon des Sources]---  MEDIA PN1997 .J43 2007
Jean de Florette: A man inherits a farm from his mother, but his powerful neighbor plots to steal it from him.
Manon of the Spring: 10 years after his death, Jean's daughter finds out about their neighbor's treachery, and determines to take revenge.

DVD Jeanne la Pucelle = Joan the Maid --- MEDIA PN1997 .J636 2001
Film tells the story of Joan of Arc. Battles describes her early life, hearing the voices, and the victory over the English. Prisons describes her capture, imprisonment, trial, and execution.

DVD The Jewish Cardinal = Le Métis de Dieu --- MEDIA BX1378.5 .J49 2012
The true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood.

DVD Jules et Jim --- MEDIA PN1997 .J854 2014
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, it charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules and Jim into one of cinema's most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love.

DVD Lumumba --- MEDIA PN1997 .L855 2002
Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead Zaire to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated.

DVD Madame Bovary --- MEDIA PQ2246 .M2 1992
Emma Bovary is a woman possessed by a burning hunger for life and love—and a passion that can never be fulfilled. Starring Isabelle Huppert, 1991.

DVD The Manuscripts of Timbuktu --- Classroom Collection
This documentary demonstrates that Timbuktu was a leading cultural, economic, scientific and religious center that made a significant and lasting impact on Africa and the entire world.

DVD The Missing Picture [L'image Manquante] --- MEDIA DS554.8 .M577 2014
Explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. The film uses wood figures, archival footage, and narration to recreate his firsthand experiences and those of his family and friends' suffering during the communist regime.

DVD Mon Oncle = My Uncle --- MEDIA PN1997 .M65 2001
A comedy in which the vague and clumsy M. Hulot, in contrast to his more wealthy sister and brother-in-law, is constantly at odds with the modern world.

DVD My Father's Glory = Gloire de Mon Pere --- MEDIA PN1997 .G56 1991
Based on the autobiography of Marcel Pagnol, this film is the story of a very special summer that 11 year-old Marcel spent with his family in the Provençe countryside.

DVD Ne Change Rien = Change Nothing --- MEDIA ML420.B13328 N4 2011
French actress/singer Jeanne Balibar is seen rehearsing, recording, performing, and practicing with a singing coach for an opéra bouffe by Jacques Offenbach. The Portuguese director Pedro Costa, a friend of Balibar's who did the camera work himself, filmed her in long, static shots in which all attention is focused on her performance. Costa also portrays the creative process, for instance in a scene in which Balibar and her guitarist Rodolphe Burger try out several variations of a song.

DVD Night and Fog [Nuit et Brouillard] --- MEDIA D805.A2 N84 2003
A documentary film with counterpoints words and music, still and motion pictures, past and present, and living and dead to depict the world of the German concentration camp.

DVD Parce que J'étais Peintre: L'art Rescapédes Camps Nazis [Because I Was a Painter] --- MEDIA NX650.H57 B425 2015
Following the liberation of the Nazi death camps, thousands of hidden artworks created by inmates were discovered, offering profound insights into life inside the camps. Artists and Holocaust survivors explore the meaning of these artifacts in the greater context of the Holocaust.

DVD Paris, Je T'aime = Paris, I Love You --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .P3757 2007
The world's top directors and some of America's top stars create a panoramic portrait of Paris. Find yourself transported by these sexy, romantic, haunting, dramatic, and beautiful stories. Stories are in French, English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

DVD La Pasión de Juana de Arco = La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc --- MEDIA PN1997 .P28 2006
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. Silent with French intertitles.

DVD Persepolis --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .P477 2008
In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witnesses first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study.

DVD Les Quatre Cents Coups [400 Blows] --- MEDIA PN1997 .Q37 2014
Thirteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intensely imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen.

DVD La Régle du Jeu = The Rules of the Game --- MEDIA PN1997 .R335 2005
Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs.

VHS Le Retour de Martin Guerre = The Return of Martin Guerre --- Classroom Collection
Based on a true medieval story, the film revolves around the suspenseful unraveling of the identity of the title character, Martin Guerre, who has disappeared as a young husband and resumes his marriage years later. He's accused of being an imposter, a trial is held, and in a tension-filled courtroom the situation is resolved.

DVD The Returned = Les Revenants: The Complete First Season --- MEDIA PN1992.77 .R48 2014
A seemingly random group of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return home. What they don't know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Buried secrets emerge as they grapple with reality, struggling to reintegrate with their friends and families. But they aren't the only ones back from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that resembles the work of a serial killer from the past.

DVD Rosetta --- MEDIA PN1997 .R6758 2012
The Belgian filmmaking team of brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne turned heads with Rosetta, an intense verite drama that closely follows a poor young woman struggling to hold onto a job to support herself and her alcoholic mother. It's a swift and simple tale made revelatory by the raw, empathic way in which the directors render Rosetta's desperation, keeping the camera nearly perched on her shoulder throughout.

DVD Timbuktu --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T563 2015
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives, which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith, abruptly disturbed when they are forced to follow the new laws of their foreign occupants.

DVD Tomboy --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T66 2012
Laure is 10 years old and a tomboy. On arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy.

DVD La Vie en Rose --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .V54 2007
Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally "rescued" by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness.

DVD Visitez Paris! --- MEDIA PC2065 .V57 2002
Overview of Paris, including the public transportation system, monuments and museums, government buildings, commercial centers, religious structures, gardens, forests, zoos, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife, and other attractions.

DVD Z --- MEDIA PN1997 .Z222 2009
A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist's persistent questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.

DVD Zou Zou --- MEDIA PN1997 .Z68 2005
A star walks out on her sugardaddy producer for true love, and a talented Cinderella takes her place, saves the show and is hailed as a new sensation opening night.

Last Updated: July 2017