Tag Archives: French

DVD of the Week: Diabolique

The headmaster of a provincial boarding school is so cruel, even sadistic, that everyone wants him dead, especially his wife and his mistress.  When he goes missing, the police drain the murky pool where the killers dumped the body, and … Continue reading

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Queen to Play: A passion discovered late

In the fine French drama Queen to Play, a working class woman discovers a passion for chess  in midlife.  It’s a film about aspiration.  First, she must muster the courage and resourcefulness to learn the game.  When it becomes an … Continue reading

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The Princess of Montpensier: a woman who is loved too much

Set in late 16th century France amid the French religious wars, a young noblewoman is forced by her father to marry – but not the man she loves. Her new husband is unhealthily jealous and for good reason – various … Continue reading

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