Belle épine

After the death of her mother, 17-year-old Prudence finds herself living alone in her Paris apartment. Then she meets Maryline, a rebel of her own age, who introduces her to the thrills of motorcycle racing on the biker circuit at Rungis. Prudence’s newfound lease of freedom becomes complicated when she falls for a boy Franck who wastes no time in taking advantage of her naivety…

Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou)

David Rousseau is a Parisian best-selling author of detective novels. When his aunt dies, he has to go to Mouthe, the coldest town in France, which is also the hometown of Candice Lecoeur, the blond spokesmodel of the Jura local cheese factory, who is convinced that she used to be Marilyn Monroe in a past life. When David arrives in Mouthe with a stalled imagination, Candice has just been found dead and the police close the case assuming it was a suicide. However, David does not believe it and starts investigating. Between Candice’s ex-husband, her book-critic lover, her therapist, the police chief, a rising politician, and any number of fans, David has more suspects than he knows what to do with. As the clues pile up, the line between fiction and reality begins to fray. Boasting strong lead performances and gorgeous wintertime landscapes, this modest but assured second feature from writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu succeeds in breathing fresh life into the thriller genre. [Synopsis courtesy of Seattle Int’l Film Festival]

Midnight in Paris

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Hors les murs (Beyond the Walls)

Paulo, a young pianist living an ambivalent life with Anka, meets Ilir, a loner bass player. It’s love at first sight and they start living on love alone. 
The day Paulo promises to love him for life, Ilir leaves town for a concert, and never comes back…

Nobody Else But You

The ambiguous suicide of a local beauty, weathergirl, cheese model, and Marilyn Monroe look-a-like finds an eager sleuth in David Rousseau, best-selling crime novelist. When Rousseau visits a remote Alps village for the reading of his friend’s will he unwittingly, but irresistibly, gets caught in the tangled web of murder and small town politics in this off-beat mystery.

Learn by Heart

Adama is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a small two-room flat in Bondy, in the suburbs of Paris. He fails in school, although he is a bright pupil. Because of an unexpected event, he will reverse the situation with Mamadou, who is younger than him. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

The Anarchists

Paris 1899. Corporal Jean Albertini, an orphan of humble origins, is chosen to infiltrate a band of anarchists. For him, it’s a chance to move up the ranks. But forced to compromise without respite, Jean is increasingly divided. On one hand, he delivers incriminating intelligence reports to his superior, Gaspar. On the other, he feels himself developing genuine feelings for the anarchists. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

Attila Marcel

Paul is a sweet man-child, raised — and smothered — by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. (He does express himself through colourful suits that would challenge any Wes Anderson character in nerd chic.) Paul’s aunts have only one dream for him: to win piano competitions. Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions of his upstairs neighbour. Suitably named after the novelist, Madame Proust offers Paul a concoction that unlocks repressed memories from his childhood and awakens the most delightful of fantasies. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]