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REGAIN (1937)


France, B&W, 127 min

Date:               Tuesday, 7 October 2003 – 9pm

Director:         Marcel Pagnol

Cast:               Gabriel Gabrio, Orane Demazis, Fernandel, Marguerite Moreno, Robert Le Vigan

Synopsis:        Far up in the Alps in the Provence region, the regeneration of an abandoned village, successfully undertaken by an improbable couple: a strong and rough poacher and a poor girl who used to be hired as a beast of burden by a wandering scissors-grinder.





(Time Regained)

France/Italy/Portugal, Colour, 169 min

Date:               Tuesday, 21 October 2003 – 9pm

Director:         Raoul Ruiz

Cast:               Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich

Synopsis:        Marcel Proust is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. Marcel at various ages interacts with Odette, with the beautiful Gilberte and her doomed husband, with the pleasure-seeking Baron de Charlus, with Marcel's lover Albertine, and with others; present also in memory are Marcel's beloved mother and grandmother. A supremely elegant, beautifully designed adaptation of the last volume of Proust’s masterwork “Remembrance of Things Past”. An international cast and an imaginative script highlight Proustian motifs of memory and time as it works through the intrigues and gossip mongering of Parisian high society.






LE POULPE (1998)

(The Octopus)

France, Colour, 100 min

Date:               Tuesday, 18 November 2003

Director:         Guillaume Nicloux

Cast:               Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Clotilde Courau, Stéphane Boucher, Julie Delarme

Synopsis:        “Le Poulpe”, aka The Octopus, the hero of a popular series of crime novels created by Jean-Bernard Pouy, is a kind of investigator--outside the law, but neither a detective nor a righter of wrongs, just an ordinary though unusually inquisitive citizen. In this “waterfront western”, The Octopus drops anchor in a shipbuilding port where seaside murder and dockside frolics go hand in hand. Aided by his liberated girlfriend Cheryl and his sidekick Pedro, the Octopus plunges into the tragicomic drama of a harbour town in which everything seems to revolve around a mysterious freighter and a gang of night-roaming thugs.





(The Marcorelle Affair)

France, Colour, 96 min

Date:               Tuesday, 25 November 2003

Director:         Serge Le Péron

Cast:               Jean-Pierre Léaud, Irène Jacob, Mathieu Amalric, Philippe Khorsand

Synopsis:        L'Affaire Marcorelle” is a psycho-drama featuring a prosecutor judge, a former radical of May 1968, who suffers from chronic nightmares and walks the edge between dream and reality. He meets Agnieszka, a Polish waitress, on a lonely night in a Turkish restaurant and accompanies her to her place. A series of bizarre events lead to the murder of the woman's father, but did Marcorelle really commit the crime? Le Péron has fashioned a witty, sophisticated suspense thriller that speaks of the agonising fears and nightmarish phobias of the present day.





L.627 (1992)

France, Colour, 145 min

Date:               Tuesday, 2 December 2003

Director:         Bertrand Tavernier

Cast:               Didier Bezace, Jean-Paul Comart, Charlotte Kady, Jean-Roger Milo

Synopsis:        This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kow-tow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment that he lives and works in every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity.





(Crime Scenes)

France, Colour, 100 min

Date:               Tuesday, 9 December 2003

Director:         Frédéric Schoendoerffer

Cast:               Charles Berling, André Dussollier, Ludovic Schoendoerffer, Pierre Mottet

Synopsis:        Two police investigators, Fabian and Gomez, are assigned to look into the disappearance of a teenage girl, Marie Bourgoin. Shortly after unearthing the remains of Marie’s missing dog, they discover the mutilated corpses of two young people. When more dismembered bodies are found, it becomes clear that Fabian and Gomez are on the trail of a dangerous and sadistic serial killer. For both men, this could be their final case…





(Finally, Sunday)

France, B&W, 110 min

Date:               Tuesday, 16 December 2003

Director:         François Truffaut

Cast:               Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Philippe Laudenbach

Synopsis:        When his wife’s lover and then his wife are both murdered, estate agent Julien Vercel is the prime suspect. However, his secretary, Barbara Becker is convinced of his innocence, even if he has just given her the sack. Whilst Vercel goes into hiding, Barbara sets out to uncover the real murderer and discovers a tangled web of intrigue. But is Vercel really innocent..?






France/Switzerland, Colour, 100 min

Date:               January 2004

Director:         Claude Chabrol

Cast:               Jean Poiret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Luc Bideau

Synopsis:        Inspecteur Lavardin is called in to investigate the murder of a leading moral figure in a village in provincial France. Lavardin’s skills are put to the test as he encounters a web of deceit and intrigue, not to mention some very peculiar individuals. To top it all, the murder victim’s widow was once one of Lavardin’s former loves, something which has a profound bearing on the outcome of the investigation.





(The Sandmen)

France, Colour, 102 min

Date:               January 2004

Director:         Pierre Salvadori

Cast:               Mathieu Demy, Marina Golovine, Serge Riaboukine, Patrick Lizana

Synopsis:        After a spell in prison, Marie is reunited with her brother Antoine, who now works as a waiter in a terrace café in Paris. What she doesn’t know is that Antoine is mixed up with a gang of ruthless drug dealers. After making a delivery to a client, Antoine is killed by his drug-dealing associates when he tries to trick them. Marie, refusing to accept Antoine’s death as an accident, resolves to uncover his murderers. She enlists the help of her brother’s former employer, Alain, who is unwittingly being manipulated by the drug dealers.



GARDE À VUE (1981)

(Under Suspicion)

France, Colour, 86 min

Date:               January 2004

Director:         Claude Miller

Cast:               Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider, Guy Marchand

Synopsis:        In a small French town, two young girls are found raped and murdered. The obvious suspect is a lawyer, Jérôme Martinaud. Convinced of his guilt, Inspector Gallien summons Martinaud to his office on New Year’s Eve and starts to interrogate him. At first, Gallien fails to make any progress, but then Martinaud’s wife appears and makes some shocking revelations…


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