Our July Selection of French Films on TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand
This July, TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand features a lineup of family-centric films spanning several genres, including the touching comedies Monsieur & Madame Adelman, which centers on the troubles and triumphs of a 45-year marriage, and Roulez jeunesse about a mechanic who unexpectedly becomes the caretaker of three kids.
In French with subtitles. Available beginning July 19
An instant classic French 'comédies populaires', that pokes fun at French rednecks as well as upper-class Parisians, and hispters, and never fails to make you smile.
When Jeff Tuche learns that a new TGV line will bypass his village he appeals to the president to save his town from isolation, but with no response from the Élysée, Jeff decides to run for president instead.
“The third film in the highly successful Gallic comic franchise has the Tuche family moving on up to the Elysee Palace." - Hollywood Reporter
Director: Olivier Baroux
Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Isabelle Nanty, Claire Nadeau
In French with English subtitles Available beginning July 26
Once again, Éric Judor walks in Jim Carrey's footsteps, and perfectly goes from making you laugh to bringing you to tears in this bittersweet comedy. A must-watch with the family.
Alex, a mechanic, responds to a call from a woman having car trouble and ends up spending the night with her. When he wakes up in the morning he discovers the woman has vanished, leaving Alex in charge of her three kids.
"With a rather naturalistic approach and light tone, and with on-points dialogues, Roulez jeunesse confirms that Eric Judor is trying something new with comedy" - L'Express
Director: Julien Guetta
Cast: Éric Judor, Laure Galamy, Brigitte Roüan
In French with subtitiles. Available beginning July 12
A wonderful love-story that borrows from Woody Allen and Ingmar Bergman. One of the best French romantic comedies of the past decade, by writer-director-actor Nicolas Bedos.
Victor and Sarah Adelman had a seemingly perfect marriage, but the cracks begin to show as Victor's success as an author begins to overshadow Sarah, a once promising student.
"50 years, and that many nuances, beautiful, funny, sad, around the theme of the irreversible love, but hurtful mariage. And a delicate hommage to the women behind the men." - Le Point
Director: Nicolas Bedos
Cast: Doria Tillier, Nicolas Bedos, Denis Podalydès
In French with English subtitles. Available beginning July 26
Un Petit Boulot is a well-executed film, that navigates between comedy and thriller, with remarkable dialogues elevated by Michel Blanc's and Romain Duris' performances.
Jacques is struggling to make ends meet after he loses his job at the factory, so when a local mafia bookkeeper offers him a job as a contract killer, Jacques decides to accept.
“This post-mortem film from Pascal Chaumeil is a dark comedy that finds laughs in the sad disappearance of some industries in some part of the old world." - Le Monde
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Cast: Romain Duris, Michel Blanc, Alice Belaïdi
In French with English subtitles. Available beginning July 5
Party based on his own childhood, Philippe Lellouche directs a nostlagic and tender summer comedy.
Claude, a Jewish Algerian, and Isabelle hope to fix their marital troubles with a family vacation. They decide to visit Isabelle's home in Breton, where Claude is met with suspicion from the Catholic locals.
"For his first film, Philippe Lellouche looks back at his childhood, through the worries of the adults, and the first love of the teen. " Le Journal du Dimanche
Director: Philippe Lellouche
Cast: Gérard Darmon, Julie Gayet, Philippe Lellouche