A petty criminal goes too far and is sentenced to hard time in a brutal French prison. Behind bars, he is forced to work for the Corsican faction that runs the place but senses that their dominance may be waning and makes plans of his own. A film by Jacques Audiard, A Prophet was nominated for an Academy Award and has a 90 percent rating at Metacritic.
Bazil survives a shootout between gangs but is left unemployed and has a bullet lodged precariously in his skull. When he identifies the arms manufacturers he holds responsible for his injuries and the death of his father years earlier from a landmine, he plots revenge, Yojimbo style, with some unusually talented friends. A film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Micmacs has a 73 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
The village of Eichwald is tidy, prosperous, and very, very orderly. Nonetheless, in the summer of 1913, someone is pulling a series of bizarre and increasingly dangerous pranks, spreading confusion and fear. Admirers of Michael Haneke's previous films will be unsurprised by the lack of simple explanations. Winner of the Palme d'Or and nominated for an Academy Award, The White Ribbon has an 82 percent rating at Metacritic.
Growing up in postwar France, Maxime has always suspected that his family history is somehow incomplete. A casual conversation with a neighbor one day turns his life upside down; he learns that his last name was changed, that his father was previously married and that he had a brother he never knew. A film by Claude Miller, A Secret was nominated for a number of awards and has a 72 percent rating at Metacritic.
A young woman moves into an abandoned orphanage, hoping to renovate and reopen the institution. When her son vanishes, she must uncover the secrets of the house to save her family and herself. Part horror film, part psychological drama and political allegory, The Orphanage appeared on a number of top 10 lists, won numerous awards and has a 74 percent rating at Metacritic.
A young woman is sent to a small town to teach school for a year. A chance encounter with the father of one of her students exposes repressed emotions neither can afford to indulge in. A contemporary French reworking of a classic British film, Mademoiselle Chambon stars Sandrine Kiberlain and has an 83 percent rating at Metacritic.