This movie tells the story of two men in a remote train station who must deal with life’s struggles while on their final stop.
The station is so out of the way and unimportant that it does not have an official name, but one man refers to it as “la Gare des Adieux” or The Station of Goodbyes.
They are there waiting for trains going in all directions–toward new beginnings, toward defeats from which they may never recover; into exile perhaps-waiting sleeplessly like sentries over what has been won and lost.” (from IMDb)
In this French film directed by Louis Malle released 1961, René Marceau plays Vincent Parry living in a small Belgium town. His life is about to change when he meets and falls in love with Catherine Deneuve, the daughter of an industrialist who has come from Paris for her marriage arranged by her father.
The movie explores the dynamics between Vincent’s family, his new employer (Francois-Poncet) and his boss’ wife (Catherine).
René Marceau lost two kilos filming this role because he ate only bananas during production days–or so say rumors!
The film was originally titled “Vincent & Co.” but it was suggested that it be renamed “La Gare Aux Adieux” as a tribute to Louis Malle’s friend Jean Vigo who died
“Amélie” – Amelie Godin is a quirky and shy girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. One day she discovers a hidden old jean box that belonged to the former occupant who lived there before, an elderly woman from Switzerland named Madame Adèle Tintin, when she was still alive. Suddenly it’s not just any ordinary treasure hunt but also about discovering secrets about herself as well.
“Cyrano de Bergerac” – A romantic tragedy by Edmond Rostand set in 17th century France which tells the story of a man at odds with his peers because he has a large nose that overhangs his mouth and therefore makes him ugly if not for his
These movies are about the lives of people who share one or more common French names. The stories will be funny, sad, and sometimes tragic – but always fascinating.
Aimee: Aimee is a Parisian born in 1927 with an aptitude for art at a time when girls weren’t allowed to pursue it as ardently. She meets her future husband Pierre while she’s tutoring him in math, and together they create their own company designing clothes that allow women to show off their curves without showing too much skin – donning skirts just below the knee and tops that cover all cleavage and midriffs were popular looks back then! As the years go on however, fashion starts changing drastically even though they’re still in the business. Pierre is uninterested in adapting to these changes and Aimee’s attempts to push him are futile until she has a heart attack at age 62 and he agrees, letting her take charge of their company once again.
Berenice: Berenice lives with her mother who does everything for her – from cooking all meals to deciding what clothes she should wear each day; when they’re not enjoying life on vacation with other family members that they rarely see otherwise. She falls madly in love while visiting Rome but worries about telling her mom because it will upset the routine that makes them so happy together every day.
Julie: Julie starts out as an innocent girl living alongside French peasants during World War II. She, and her sister Rose, are drawing attention from the Germans because they’re so beautiful – but she’s also developing a crush on one of them. As we follow Julie through life after World War II and she becomes an adult working as a dancer in Paris who has to make some tough decisions that will affect all of her future relationships with men.
Henriette: Henriette is a teenager whose family moves into their grandmother’s house when their parents divorce; while living there it feels like everything comes together for her- including discovering herself as someone worthy of love by someone other than just her mom or dad. But then things start to change again..
Thelma: Thelma is shy until she starts
The name Élise is the French variant of Elizabeth, which means “God’s promise” and was a popular pick among medieval women.
A love story between an American photographer living in Paris and a young woman he meets one summer.
In this romantic comedy/drama set in France, two people are madly in love with each other but are not allowed to marry because they come from different social classes. The film stars Jean Reno as Antoine De La Tour du Pin who falls for Louise de la Vallière (played by Sophie Marceau), but her family doesn’t approve due to his lower social status. Their romance turns into tragedy when she later becomes Louis XIV’s mistress even though she still loves him.
An intelligent girl struggles at school. She’s teased by her classmates and she doesn’t have any friends, until a new boy arrives in town. They slowly start to build a relationship with one another but he has his own problems with bullying from the other boys. This movie captures their blossoming love as well as how they both need each other for support and protection against those who would stand in their way of happiness.
In this romantic comedy/drama set in France, two people are madly in love with each other but are not allowed to marry because they come from different social classes. The film stars Jean Reno as Antoine De La Tour du Pin who falls for Louise de la Vallière (played by Sophie Marceau) when he is a tutor at the royal court. The two are unable to marry due to their social differences, but they carry on an illicit affair which leads Antoine into trouble with the law and Louise into exile from France for 14 years.
A young French girl in Paris must deal with her mother’s unexpected death while she prepares herself for marriage after meeting a handsome stranger who may be her long-lost father.
Anne (played by Léa Seydoux) returns home one day only to find that no one there remembers who she is. She soon realizes this has something to do with amnesia caused by head injury sustained during World War II – Anne had been taken prisoner of war, escaped her captors, and was the only survivor of a bombardment.
A French woman falls in love with an Algerian student and faces problems when he is imprisoned for political reasons.
This movie, based on Victor Hugo’s novel published under the same name, depicts life in Paris during the 1832 cholera epidemic as experienced by a poor family living close to Notre Dame Cathedral. The film focuses on 12-year-old Cosette who lives with her widowed father Jean Valjean and their kind neighbor Marius Pontmercy at No. 17 Rue de l’Homme Arme (the address given by Victor Hugo himself). When money is stolen from Valjean while saving little Gavroche – one of many street urchins – from death in the sewers, Valjean is falsely arrested and imprisoned for decades. Cosette falls into a life of prostitution at age 16 while living with her mother Fantine who has been forced to work as a seamstress due to her illness and inability to find other employment after being fired. This French drama tells the story of two brothers – one on each side of the law – caught between family loyalties and criminal obligations. The younger brother, Vincent Raphaël Danglade (played by Kad Merad), is an ex-convict turned police detective whose career clashes with his elder sibling Xavier François Danglade (Olivier Marchal).