The Five French Films to Watch in January on TV5MONDE
The TV5MONDE January program is simply electrifying, as it includes a documentary that pays homage to French terrain and cheese, a fantastic drama that takes place in the Villa Medici in Rome, and a very popular comedy illustrating the clash between the city (Paris) and countryside (Basque Country).
Les maîtres du fromage (2019)
An original debut film with a captivating atmosphere bordering on the fantastical, which keeps you in suspense until the final revelation.
Axèle is a photographer, Camille, a writer. They leave for a year in residence at the Villa Medici in Rome. Camille is accompanied by her husband, the renowned writer, Marc Landré. As a strange rivalry settles between them, Camille becomes friendly with Axèle. But who is Axèle really? A complete artist, without concession, who merges with her work? Or the ghost of places? From this year at Villa Medici, where bodies and minds will free themselves, no one will leave unscathed...
“French director Caroline Deruas’ first full-length film surprises with its apparent lightness; a lightness that conceals a profound realism and a series of unsettling twists." – Cineuropa
Cast: Clotilde Hesme (Camille), Jenna Thiam (Axèle), Tchéky Karyo (Marc), Pascal Rénéric (Pierre), Bernard Verley (The Director), Marilyne Canto (Evelyne), Renato Carpentieri (Carlo), Candela Cottis (Raphaëlle)
Mission Pays basque (2017)
With a classic narrative (poking fun at the shock between city life and the countryside), Ludovic Bernard shoots a warm film, unpretentious and with humor that hits the bull's eye.
Sibylle, a young, abitious Parisian, intends to shine in her new professional role by buying a hardware store in the Basque Country before setting up a supermarket there. She thinks she has bought out the old owner but he is under guardianship. Sibylle must therefore make do with Ramon, his nephew, to recover her money or sign the agreement as soon as possible. Otherwise, it's the insured ejection seat. She will quickly realize that the Basques do not intend to let themselves be bought by a Parisian, as pretty as she is.
"Florent Peyre turns out to be the major asset of this light romantic comedy." - Le Parisien
Director: Ludovic Bernard
Cast: Elodie Fontan (Sibylle Garnier), Florent Peyre (Ramuntxo Beitialarrangoïta), Daniel Prevost (Ferran Beitialarrangoïta), Nicolas Bridet (Raphael Morales), Barbara Caabrita (Aranxa), Ludovic Berthillot (Altzibar)
Virginie Efira once again proves her dramatic acting acumen, a far cry from the light and care-free romantic comedies of her past roles, in this family journey of self discovery through the steppes of Kazakhstan.
"This is a two-hander as unadorned and straight-ahead as the bare Kyrgyzstan steppes on which it takes place, acted with doughty fixity of purpose by Virginie Efira and Kacey Mottet-Klein." - Variety
Cast: Virginie Efira (Sibylle), Kacey Mottet Klein (Samuel), Diego Martin (Juan), Mairambek Kozhoev (Mairambek), Damira Ripert (Jamila), Belek Mamatkoulov (Bektash)
On ne choisit pas sa famille (2011)
"In terms of humor, Clavier doesn't hold back, bringing out the big guns, but with a certain finesse." Le Parisien