french cinema

black and white cover featuring a drawing of the title character with a hat and sunglasses

Léon the Professional

Luc Besson
4
Rated by
Scott S.
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

Léon: The Professional tells the story of a child-like hit man named Léon and his relationship with (and subsequent training of) a 12 year-old named Mathilda who is orphaned at the hands of insane, corrupt New York cop Norman Stansfield. It features that unique French mixture of absurdity and realism: In what world does a 12 year-old boldly shoot a handgun out of a window without consequence? How is that Léon and Mathilda's relationship is simultaneously creepy and sweet?

Two pictures of an elderly couple lovingly holding each others faces.

Amour

Michael Haneke
5
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Monday, Jan 6, 2014

Tragically beautiful and real, Amour is a profoundly honest depiction of how a stroke can affect both members of a marriage. Though a French film and in subtitles, one hardly needs the translation to follow the emotions—shame, embarrassment, frustration, loss, fear, and above all, love—that both parties go through throughout the movie.

La Moustache (DVD)

Emmanuel Carrere
3
Rated by
Magda B.
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011

It all started so innocently with a morning shave of a trademark moustache – but, nobody noticed. Nobody. Neither the wife, nor the boss. All tried to convince him that he never even had a moustache ever before.