The Five French Films to Watch on TV5MONDE in November

Two major films are on the agenda in November on TV5MONDE, the magnificent melodrama My Friend Victoria and the refreshing and moving Un divan à Tunis. 

Mon amie Victoria

November 7 at 8:35 pm ET/5:35 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

Inspired by Douglas Sirk's classic, Mirage of Life, this magnificent feature film paints a mysterious portrait of a young woman who is slowly losing control of her life. A strong and complex melodrama. 

Victoria never forgot the night she spent with a wealthy white family when she was only a  child. Several years later she has a short fling with Thomas, the youngest son, and gives  birth to a daughter. Victoria waits seven years before telling Thomas, and his family, about  the baby.

"It’s a beautifully made film that proves to be tragic without anything truly tragic happening, leaving Victoria and the viewer rather with an aching feeling of regret for something that was probably forever unattainable, if we could even pin down exactly what it was in the first place.." - The Digital Fix

Director: Jean Paul Civeyrac (France 2013)
Cast: Guslagie Malanda, Nadia Moussa, Catherine Mouchet, Pascal Greggory
Genre: Drama 


November 14 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

After the excellent Lend me your hand, Eric Lartigau brings Alain Chabat on for a new comedy full of humanity, charm and unexpected escapades. A real success.

Stéphane leads a peaceful life, splitting his time between his two adult children, his ex wife, and his job as a chef. While surfing the internet, he meets a young South Korean  woman, Soo, and the pair begin talking every day. On a sudden impulse, he decides to fly to  Seoul in the hope of meeting her. 

"Not one to be shy of dark humor, Eric Lartigau tells the story of a man lost between the solitude of the modern world and a questioning of his roots. - Marianne

Director: Eric Lartigau (France 2018)
Cast: Alain Chabat, Doona Bae, Blanche Gardin
Genre : Dramatic comedy

El Seed, derrière les calligraffies

November 17 et 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

A cultural trip around the world as much as a beautiful portrait of an artist like no other.

Between Dubai, Gabès, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, a year in the life of  the Franco-Tunisian graffiti artist El seed. He talks about his life, from his Tunisian roots to  the international recognition of his work. The chance to discover an artist in perpetual  movement and multi-faceted work.

Director: Narinderpal Singh Chandok (France 2020)
Genre: Documentary

Un divan à Tunis

November 21 at 8:35 pm ET/5:35 pm PT. In French with English subtitles.

A moving, funny story of coming back home, and a realistic look at the changed country of Tunisia. A fantastic film.

After having practiced in France, 35-year-old Selma decides to open a psychoanalysis  practice in her country of origin, Tunisia. It gets off to an epic start with demand soaring  just after the revolution. But just as Selma begins to find her bearings, she faces the  inflexibility of the authorities.

"Arab Blues is a strong debut from a sharp mind. Manele Labidi is one to watch." - Battle Royale with Cheese

Director: Manele Labidi (France 2018)
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Majd Mastoura, Hichem Yacoubi
Genre: Dramatic comedy

Papi sitter

November 28 at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

When Gen Z meets baby boomers! A delightful comedy on two generations that can't seem to understand each other.

As her high school exams approach, Camille has fallen behind on her revision. Trying to  help, her parents decide to bring in her grandfather, an incredibly uptight former police  officer! The situation takes a turn for the worse when Teddy, her other grandfather, and a  former nightclub owner, arrives unannounced.

"Along with the spontanous Camille Aguilar, the great duo Olivier Marchal and Gérard Lanvin play their roles to perfection" - Le Parisien.

Director: Philippe Guillard (France 2019)
With: Gérard Lanvin, Olivier Marchal, Camille Aguilar
Genre: Comedy

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