Our February Selection of Films on TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand

TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand is celebrating love for the month of February! Each film explores a different aspect of love, from discovering self-love in the films Parisienne and Simon et Théodore, to the comedic examination of the pitfalls of modern love with the 2019 film Selfie.



In French with English subtitles. Available from February 5.

An eventful narrative of a politicized and determined youth, and above all, a powerful portrait of a Lebanese immigrant in Paris studying in the 1990's.

In the 1990’s, Lina moves from Lebanon to Paris to continue her studies, but when her housing plans fall through, she finds freedom and self-discovery as she wanders the streets of Paris. 

"Arbid tends to keep things simple for the most part, knowing that watching her protagonist's struggle to do things on her own terms is compelling enough." Way too Indie

Director: Danielle Arbid (2015)
Cast: Manal Issa, Vincent Lacoste
Genre: Drama


In French with English subtitles. Available from February 12.

A film with spicy jabs on today's tech trends and all of the addictions and neuroses that go with them, making us laugh until we're blue in the face.

Told through a series of vignettes, each story focuses on a different, sometimes humorous, reality of our hyperconnected world and explores how digital technology has infiltrated every aspect of modern life.

"The reason that Selfie makes such an impression... is that it doesn't only focus on all the bad or hopeless things that surround the boys." - Hollywood Reporter

Director: Thomas Bidegain, Marc Fitoussi, Tristan Aurouet, Cyril Gelblat, Vianney Lebasque (2019)
Cast: Manu Payet, Blanche Gardin, Elsa Zylberstein
Genre: Comedy

Sans queue ni tête

In French with English subtitles. Available from February 19.

Isabelle Huppert stands out in her role as a whimsical prostitute full of unpredictability and mood swings, once again proving her talent as a chameleon actress.

Alice, a prostitute, and Xavier, a psychoanalyst, have both grown tired of their professions. One night, the two end up meeting, and it might just be the catalyst they both need to find a new beginning.

"Complex, compassionate and endlessly illuminating..." - Los Angeles Times

Director: Jeanne Labrune (2009)
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Bouli Lanners, Richard Debuisne
Genre: Comedy

Simon et Théodore

In French with English subtitles. Available from February 26.

A Parisian road movie about self acceptance. Quirky, but always thoughtfully tender.

When Simon learns he is a father-to-be, he’s not sure how he will raise a baby when he can barely take care of himself. He bonds with a troubled teen, Théodora, and together the two will learn how to accept themselves. 

"This story of love and friendship, from which emanates an infinite tenderness, is gutsy." - Le JDD

Director: Mikael Buch (2017)
Cast: Félix Moati, Nils Othenin-Girard, Mélanie Bernier
Genre: Drama

L'embarras du choix

In French with English subtitles. Available from February 26.

A pleasing and romantic comedy in the style of American rom-coms, which, despite the loaded perception of the genre, knows how to remain touching and realistic.

Juliette is incapable of making even small decisions and her father and best friends decide everything for her. When she starts dating two men, Juliette finally realizes there are some things she needs to decide for herself.

"Lavaine and [Alexandra] Lamy [are] in perfect tandem." - Fotogramas

Director: Éric Lavaine (2017)
Cast: Alexandra Lamy, Arnaud Ducret, Anne Marivin
Genre: Comedy

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