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by Peter Knegt
August 2, 2012 1:23 PM
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The 12 Indie Films You Must See This August

6. & 7. Little White Lies (August 24) and Beloved (August 17)

Directors: Guillaume Canet ("Lies"); Christophe Honoré ("Beloved")
Casts: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche and Jean Dujardin ("Lies"); Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Paul Schneider, Milos Forman ("Beloved")
Distributor: MPI Media Group ("Lies"); IFC Films ("Beloved")

Why Are They "Must Sees"? French double feature! Each featuring impressive ensemble casts including everyone from Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin to Louis Garrel and Catherine Deneuve to Paul Schneider and Milos Forman (!), Guillaume Canet's "Little White Lies" and Christophe Honore's "Beloved" (which have both been out in France for over a year) hope to continue the trend of very successful recent French imports.  And both have a lot going for it: The former is a sort of French "Big Chill," while the latter is a romantic musical drama spanning three decades. What better ways to escape the August heat than either/or.

Check out the films' trailers below:

8. Chicken With Plums (August 17)

Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Cast:  Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Eric Caravaca, Chiara Mastroianni
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud have followed up their extremely acclaimed animated film "Persepolis" by veering into live action territory with "Chicken With Plums." Like "Persepolis," the film is adapted from one of Satrapi's own graphic novels. It follows Satrapi's uncle Nasser Ali (Amalric), a violinist who takes to his bed for eight days with the intention of dying after his prized violin is destroyed by his wife (de Medeiros). As the days go by and Nasser ekes closer to the end, scenes from his past, present and future are shown, revealing the tragic story behind his quest to bring an end to his life.

Check out the film's trailer below:

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  • Bruce Spencer | August 4, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    One of the most amusing and uplifting documentary movies is "Abel Raises Cain" at or Netflix. It's loaded with belly laughs!

  • Kathy | August 2, 2012 7:47 PMReply

    can't wait to see "Side By Side"

  • paul | August 2, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    saw cosmopolis up in toronto. very good film. it's not for everyone, but i enjoyed it. looking foward to seeing little white lies though.

  • nikki | August 2, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    I have seen Cosmopolis a few times already 2 months back and I'm jealous on those who get the opportunity to watch it on big screen. A masterpiece of a movie, superb performance of the lead actor, though not easy, not for everybody

  • sara | August 2, 2012 4:49 PMReply

    Cosmopolis!!!! <3

  • Jo | August 2, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    The Snow White jab came across as immature. Stay classy!

  • Joshua Roos | August 2, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    Excited to see what new David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis sounds goods!

  • Henry | August 2, 2012 2:00 PMReply

    Looking forward to "Cosmopolis"!

  • carol | August 2, 2012 1:54 PMReply

    I want to see cosmopolis!!