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15 Minutes of War

French film based on true events which happened in Djibouti in 1976. Djibouti was at that time under French rule and neighbouring Somalia wanted Djibouti to be part of them. So some Somalians hijacked a school bus with children in it and take it to the Somali border. No money demands, just that French leave Djibouti and annex Djibouti to Somalia. An American school teacher who is teaching the kids at the school, enters the bus to take care of the kids. Special commando unit of the French called GIGN is readied to take down the hostages but the usual diplomacy war goes on in Paris all the time. Meanwhile Somalians with the help of Russians have gathered at the border to take the bus into Somalia. Last 25 minutes of the film is absolutely brilliant, a Quentin Tarantino type of daredevilry shootout. Brilliantly done and superbly captured. The dialogues are in French or Somali with very little in English but there are English sub titles so worth watching. Alban Lenoir as the leader of the elite unit has done a good role and so have the others. Music and cinematography are top class.

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Gloria’s Law

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Gloria’s Law, a french film starring Victoria Abril, Paco Boublard, Julien Baumgartner among others. Gloria (Victoria Abril) is a retired lawyer but when her daughter, Salome gets killed in a motorcycle accident, she takes off from there and represents Kevin Leroy (Paco Boublard) who is accused of murder of a 15 year old girl. The story leads from one discovery to another and her son in law Frederic (Julien Baumgartner) assists her in the case. The mayor of the town is called to depose and there are murky dealings going on with a corporate interest with a foreign element.

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Pauline’s Law

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Pauline’s Law a french movie, starring Marilyne Canto, Zabou Brietman among others. Pauline (Brietman) is a lawyer with her own personal problems undergoing separation from her husband. She is dumped a criminal case for which she has no experience whatsover. Alain is a farmer who is accused of arson, of having burnt his own brother’s farm. Its a tangled story, with a lot of twists and turns and suspense in the end. Worth watching. Both Marilyne Canto and Zabou Brietman have done good roles.

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Go With Le Flo

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Go With Le Flo, a German-French movie (2014), directed by Michael Glover and starring Denis Aubert, Marina Senckel, Luisa Witzorek among others. Florian (Denis) is a half French half German baker owning Le Flo a cafe in Berlin. His best friend Jenny (Marina) is owning another bakery opposite him and yearns for him. But Florian is madly in love with Camille, a director’s daughter who does not love him but pities him. She is already engaged to an actor. Its a fun movie with lot of escapades. Both Denis and Marina have done good roles.

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Chase

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Chase a French movie starring Isabelle Carre, Nicolas Cazale, Olivier Sitruk among others. Luis (Nicolas) is a security guard handling cash management, he steals the van and runs away with 5 million francs. Sam (Olivier) and Emma (Isabelle Carre) are his childhood friends. A rival gang was planning to do the same heist, but got canned by Luis acting alone. The police is on his trail and so are the rival gang people Interesting twist in the end. Worth watching.

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Gone

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Gone, a French film (2014) directed by Jacques Malaterre, starring Patrick Sebastien, Margot Faure, Daniele Lebrun, Nicolas Jouhet among others. Max (Patrick) loves his wife Caroline (Margot), he is a butcher having his own shop in a small village in France. Caroline loves theatre so one night she comes late from theatre practice. Max suspects something and they have a row which is heard by the entire village. She disappears from the village same night and rumour mills start hovering over the village. Clemence (Daniele) is a neighbour who sees all and hears all. Jerome (Nicolas) is his police friend who wants to help but don’t know how. Interesting movie with a lot of suspense and a twist towards the end.

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Silent Night, Bloody Night

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Silent Night, Bloody Night, a french film (2014) directed by Serge Maynard and starring Jean-Pierre Lorit, Armelle Deutsch, Marie-Cecile Ouakil, Isabelle Gelinas among others. Pierre (Jean-Pierre) and Patricia (Arnelle) are having a Christmas party having a couple of close family friends. A stranger comes in dressed as Santa and threatens everyone with a gun and time bomb fastened to them. He wants money, having been sacked by his company and his wife left him with his daughter. But during the hostage crisis, lot of family secrets tumble out of the cupboard, affairs, cheating, losing money et al.

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The Counterfeiters

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The Counterfeiters a French movie starring Melvil Poupaud among others. It is based on French writer Andre Gide book of the same name. Gide won the Nobel prize for literature in 1947. The movie has no beginning and no end, no story. Its mostly like a counter culture movie looking at the fakeness in the society. It moves on various levels with Melvil being involved with his nephews while a school master is yearning for his long lost grandson. One of his nephews is involved in an affair with a girl much older to him, she marries another guy and bear this nephew’s child. Another nephew is off onto something with an older man. Difficult movie to understand. There are undercurrents of homosexuality throughout the movie.

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The Perfect Stranger

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The Perfect Stranger, a french movie directed by Denis Malleval, starring Bruno Debrandt, Audrey Fleurot, Marie Denarnaud, among others. Jonathan Hopkins (Bruno) is a masseur shortly married to Lucie (Marie) but the marriage runs into problems. He is then told that he bequests a large sum of money from his late father’s inheritance. In the meanwhile he is told that his wife has met with an accident. When he goes to the hospital he finds that the person recovering is a completely different lady. The story unravels from there. Mystery suspense, drama all that in this movie.

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Surveillance

Surveillance a French movie (2013) starring Thomas Jouannet (a Jason Statham look alike) Leonie Simaga, Francois Berland among others. Hired as a security guard in a super market Pierre Solvy (Jouannet) is smart in his job and gets the limelight of his boss, a promotion and soon sees things murky going on in the company. Meanwhile he falls for Lea (Simaga) and things start getting complicated with his boss and super boss. Superb movie and awesome role done by Jouannet. Simaga is hot in the movie. Berland his usual stuff.

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Ingrid & Lola – Road to Manta Corridor

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Ingrid & Lola – Road to Manta Corridor, a french detective film about a missing shampoo boy in a salon. Lola is the retired commissioner into detective work and Ingrid teams up with her to solve this mystery, involving too many characters, some sunken treasure, neo nazi cult, mysterious deaths et al. Muriel Robin as Lola is good as is Anne le Nen as Ingrid Diesel. The script is too good and the characters gradually go on to unravel the plot – a bit slow at first but hurried pace in the end.

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Christophe’s Law

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French series. Christophe Vitari (Richard Anconina) is a lawyer on the rolls of a paper producing magnate Charles Devaux (Didier Flamand). The factory sees a death of a factory manager which is pinned on an intern (Noemie Merlant). Christophe is hired to defend the company but ends up seeing a lot of loose cannon which possibly hints at the innocence of the girl. Interesting series this one, with a lot of passion in the acting department. Richard and Didier Flamand were good in their roles, but Merlant was just about passable.

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Valparaiso

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Valparaiso, a 2011 French movie starring Jean-Francois Stevenin, Helena Noguerra among others, directed by Jean-Chrisophe Delpias. A supertanker has run aground and there is an oil spill. Emma Caglione (Helena) is a green activist probing the incident. She discovers that the oil is owned by the company where her father is the top executive. Some major cover up is going on, some unseemly practices being followed by the oil company involving dumping into the ocean. Emma dies in a aircraft accident, and her father thinks she has been killed. He takes over the investigation. The finale is good. Emma is good in the short role given to her and Stevenin is impressive with his acting skills.

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