The Five French Films to Watch on TV5MONDE in November

Togetherness is at the heart of the films on TV5MONDE in November, which carry with them a welcome hope in these uncertain times.


Vous êtes jeunes, vous êtes beaux

November 8 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

Despite the presence of actors that usually go for laughs, we find ourselves in front of a film that deals with the issue of the end of life. Tender, dark, real, and above all, deeply moving.

Returning from a funeral, pensioner Lucius Marnant feels like his life has passed him by when he meets a young woman who offers him a new way to earn money...join an illegal fighting ring that pits old men against each other.

"An honest look at the later years, starring Gérard Darmon who is perfectly and endearingly young at heart." - Télérama

Director: Franchin Don (France 2018)
Cast: Gérard Darmon, Josiane Balasko, Patrick Bouchitey, Denis Lavant
Genre: Drama


November 15 at 8:40 pm ET/5:40 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

A movie that takes place on the road between Dakar and Lagos highlights both the political and social problems of many African countries and the transformation of the continent.

This suspense drama focuses on the intense journey of four women who face injustices and sexual harassment while crossing borders to trade goods.

''While Frontières (Borders) is in French with English subtitles, Traore's brilliant storytelling [has] caught the attention of diverse audiences." - EiNPresswire

Director: Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso, France 2018)
Cast: Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jemima Naomi Nemlin, Delphine Ouattara
Genre: Dramatic comedy

La sainte famille

November 22 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

An original, extravagant, bittersweet comedy about fate and legacy. Funny and touching.

Jean, a renowned academic, finds himself Minister of the family, even though he is drowned in the midst of the events which shake his own.

"The jubilation caused by this film is due to the moments of comedy behind which hides a great melancholy" - Bande à Part

Director: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France 2019)
Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Laura Smet, Marthe Keller, Léa Drucker
Genre : Dramatic comedy

Lola vers la mer

November 24 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with Enlish subtitles. 

A sensitive film on trans identity and the father-daughter relationship in which transgender actress Mya Bollaers reveals herself alongside a shocking Benoît Magimel. 

Mya Bollaers stars in her acting debut, as a 18-year-old transgender girl grieving the death of her mother.

"Tension, brimming in scenes of confrontation that are naturally encouraged by confinement in the car, at the hotel, at the childhood home, adds depth and nuance to the singular journey of the young woman, all the while situating her in the universal conflict that is the difficult relationship with one’s father." - Télérama

Director : Laurent Micheli (Belgium, France 2018)
Cast : Mya Bollaers, Benoît Magimel, Sami Outalbali
Genre : Drama

Nos vies formidables

November 26 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

A deeply human film with an ensemble cast, recounting the daily life of rehab, shot in a quasi-documentary style. 

Margot, Jeremy, Salome, Caesar, Sonia are between 18 and 50 years old. Everything separates them except the urgency to rebuild and restore the relationship to the other that addiction has destroyed. 

"An ode to the solidarity of great emotional strength." - Bande à Part

Director : Fabienne Godet (France 2017)
Cast: Julie Moulier, Zoé Héran, Bruno Lochet, Françoise Pinkwasser
Genre : Drama


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