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: