September 29th 7 pm
October 20th 7 pm
Nov 17th 3 pm
January 19th 3 pm & 7 pm
March 15th 3 pm
April 19th 7 pm
May 17th 7 pm
June 14th 7 pm
Special showing at Malvern Cinema
Sunday December 8th 2 pm
French Gangster Films Weekend at The Coach House
Sat 15th and Sun 16th February 2020
Six of the best French gangster films
Full details below with trailers
(Some trailers lack subtitles but be assured that we show all films with English subtitles)
September 29th 7:00 LES CHORISTES 2004 (PG) colour 97 mins (music/drama) Christopher Barratier
Clément Mathieu, a former music teacher, comes to a
school for "difficult" boys run by Rachin a cruel minded
principal. The motto of the school is "Action - Reaction",
but this technique obviously isn't working as there are a lot
of problems and problem children. Clément tries to reach
his boys and build trust and true order through music,
particularly with the rebel Pierre whose single mother he
begins to develop an attraction to.
César Awards 2005 : Best Film Music, Best Sound,
Lumiere Awards 2005: Best Film,
National Board of Review USA 2004: Top Foreign Film.
October 20th 7:00 MON ONCLE Jacques Tati 1958 (U) - B&W 116 mins (comedy)
The hopeless Monsieur Hulot once again finds himself
affecting people's lives without realizing what he has done.
Hulot's young nephew lives in an ultra-modern house
where his overly pretentious mother will barely let him
breathe. Hulot has taken the boy under his wing, but
concerned that he may be a bad influence, Hulot's sister and
brother-in-law devise a plan to keep him away. However
an attempt to introduce him to other people at their garden
party doesn't quite work out as planned.
Oscars 1959: Best Foreign Film,
National Board of Review,
USA 1958: Top Foreign Film,
Cannes 1958: Jury Prize - Tati
November 17th 2:30 L'ANNÉE DERNIÈRE À MARIENBAD 1961 (U) B & W 94 mins (drama/mystery) Alain Renais
In a picturesque old-fashioned luxury chateau hotel, an
enigmatic man tries to convince a married woman that they
met in the Czech spa-town of Marienbad and spent time
together there the previous year. The woman has no
recollection whatsoever of having met this man and is
convinced that he is just making all of this up. However, the
more the man talks about their activities on that occasion,
the more convincing he becomes. The question remains
though - have they previously met or not?
Venice Film Festival 1961: Golden Lion,
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1962: Best Film.
December 8th 2:00 at MALVERN CINEMA. C'EST LA VIE / LE SENS DE LA FÊTE
(from the same team that made Les Intouchables)
2017 (15) - colour 117 mins (comedy/drama/romance) Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Pierre is marrying Héléna and wants his wedding party to
be first rate. Therefore, he has engaged the services of Max
Angély, a seasoned caterer, and his team. The reception is
to take place in a sumptuous 17th century castle and its
beautiful park. The rich arrogant bridegroom demands that
everything is just so. Max assures him that it will be, but
what he fails to tell him is that he has had to make a few staff
substitutions for this event. But Max will "always adapt"
and do everything to try to see that all goes well. But will it?
César Awards, France 2018: nominated Best Film, Best
Actor, Best Screenplay,
Lumière 2018: nominated Best Film.
January 19th 3:00 with English subtitles, 7:00 with French subtitles
LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE 1947 (PG) - B&W 93 mins (fantasy/romance) Jean Cocteau
Returning home late one night a merchant takes shelter in a
castle. As he leaves the next morning, he takes a rose to give
to his daughter Belle. But just then the master appears, a
creature half man and half beast, telling the merchant he
must choose between dying or having one of his three
daughters come to live in the castle. The selfless Belle
agrees to go, against her father's wishes. Once there, the
Beast assures her she will come to no harm, but she must
meet him once a day at 7pm in the dining room. Every day
he asks her to marry him but she refuses. Love grows
between them however, leading to a magical resolution.
Prix Louis Delluc 1946, Cannes 1946: Grand Prize nominee
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February
Six Great Gangster Movies
Saturday 11:00 UN PROPHÈTE 2009 (18) colour 155 mins (crime/drama) Jaques Audiard
Malik, an illiterate eighteen year-old Franco-Arab is sent to
Brécourt prison sentenced to six years for assaulting police
officers. Alone and without money, he finds himself
unprotected in an environment of corruption and violence
from the opposing Corsican and Muslim gangs. César, the
head of the Corsican inmates, forces Malik to kill one of the
Muslims and in reward gives him support and protection.
In working to save himself while in prison he learns how to
deal drugs and so climbs up the hierarchy of César's mafia.
BAFTA 2010: Best film not in the English language,
Cannes 2009: Jury Grand Prize, Prix Louis Delluc - 2009
Saturday 3:00 LES TONTONS FLINGEURS 1965 (16) -B&W 105 mins (comedy/action/crime) Georges Lautner
Ex-gangster Fernand receives a call from a dying friend, a
mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The declining
mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some unfinished
criminal business and also asks him to look after his
soon-to-be-married daughter. When another mobster heavy,
Volfoni, takes exception to Fernand for being an outsider,
he and his “friends” come after Fernand, who calling on his
old skills and law-breaking ways, defends himself against a
series of attempts on his life from the persistent mob.
"One of the funniest, coolest and yet silliest movies of all
time. An absolute classic. I loved every minute of it."
Saturday 7:00 DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES 1955 (12) - B&W 118 mins (crime/thriller) Jules Dassin
Fresh out of jail after a five-year imprisonment, a weary
master burglar returns to a rain-soaked Paris only to find his
girl is now the mistress of a rival dope-dealing gangster.
Utterly disheartened, he reluctantly accepts the proposition
of his young protégé, for a quick smash-and-grab raid on a
prestigious jewellery store, but only if they step up the job
into an all-out jewel heist. With an impeccable plan and an
expert safe-cracker, the thieves are on a roll. But what if
opening the impregnable safe is the easiest part of the job?
Cannes 1955: Best director,
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1956: Best Film
NBR USA 1956: Top Film
Sunday 11:00 TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI 1954 (15) - B&W 83 mins (crime/drama) Jaques Becker
Max, an old gentleman gangster, and his buddy Riton, have
got away with 50-million francs worth of gold bars, which
they have “put away for their retirement”. But Riton's
mistress, Josy, has grown tired of him. She has found
herself a new protector in the shape of Angelo, the
dangerous boss of a rival gang. Through Josy, Angelo
learns about his rivals' hidden stash and plots to get it. He
therefore decides to kidnap Riton to force Max to give him
the gold. But will Max decide to give up the gold in
exchange for his long-time buddy?
Venice Film Festival 1954: Best Actor - Jean Gabin
Sunday 3:00 DE BATTRE MON COEUR S'EST ARRÊTÉ 2005 (15) - colour 108 mins (crime/drama/music) Jaques Audiard
Tom, 28, is a pretty tough guy who leads a life that might be
regarded as criminal. While feeling he is at a critical point
in his life, a chance encounter prompts him to take up the
piano again and work to become a concert pianist like his
mother. His teacher is a Chinese virtuoso who has recently
come to live in France. Speaking no French, music is the
only language they share. Soon, Tom's bid to be a better
person means he begins to want to find true love. But his
attempt falters when his dubious past comes to light.
BAFTA 2006: Best Film not in the English Language,
César 2006: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & more
Sunday 7:00 PÉPÉ LE MOKO 1937 (PG) - B&W 94 mins (crime/drama/romance) Julien Duvivier
Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals,
hides out in the Algerian Casbah. Protected by his gang, he
eludes the authorities and capture all the while knowing the
police will be waiting for him if he ever tries to leave the
city. When Pépé meets Gaby Gould, a gorgeous woman
from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her. She
also reminds him of all the things he loved about Paris.
Even though Pépé knows he is being closely watched by
Inspector Slimane, he considers a future with Gaby.
National Board of Review USA 1941: Best Foreign Film,
Kinema Junpo Awards 1940: Best Foreign Language Film
March 15th 3:00 LE BOUCHER 1970 (15) colour 93 mins (drama/thriller) Claude Chabrol
Helénè, a lonely village headmistress, befriends the local
butcher Popaul. On Popaul's birthday Hélène gives him a
lighter. Later, during an excursion with her class to a cave
in the woods, Hélène stumbles across the latest stabbed
victim of a presumed serial killer. She recognises the
woman and finds Popaul's lighter at the scene but hides it
from the police. When Popaul next visits her she discovers
that he still has his lighter and is much relieved. However,
when Popaul paints the ceiling of her house, she makes a
discovery that seriously affects her sense of security.
Bodil Awards 1971: Best European film & director Chabrol
April 19th 7:00 L'HOMME DU TRAIN 2002 (12A) colour 90 mins (crime/thriller) Patrice Leconte
Milan is a beleaguered old thief who rolls into a small
French town with the aim of robbing its bank. However,
with no place to stay and following a chance meeting with
Manesquier, a retired poetry teacher, he accepts his offer of
shelter, which leads to an unexpected friendship. Milan has
grown tired of his adventurous life on the run and wishes to
retire in peace; Manesquier craves the danger he's never
known in his bookish existence. Their shared admiration
and envy inspires each to reconsider their future.
Lumière Awards, France 2003: Best Actor,
Venice Film Festival 2002: Best Film
NBR USA 2003: Top Foreign Film
May 17th 7:00 LE ROI ET L'OISEAU 1980 (U) - colour 83 mins (animation/fantasy) Paul Grimault
What is now regarded as a masterpiece of French
animation, began life in 1948, as The Shepherdess and the
Chimney Sweep (loosely based on the fairy tale of the same
name by Hans Christian Andersen) but was not completed
until 1980. It's a true explosion of fantasy that will capture a
child's imagination, but will also fascinate adults. The basic
plot involves a chimney sweep and a shepherdess seeking
to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. The whole
film, though, is a metaphor of what power can do to people.
It shows how love and freedom can never be suppressed.
Prix Louis Delluc 1979: Paul Grimault - director
June 14th 7:00 LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG 1964 (U) - colour 91 mins (drama/musical/romance) Jaques Demy
This is the story of 16-year-old Geneviève and 20-year-old
Guy who are very much in love. Her kind mother won't
hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to
complete his military service. Geneviève is heartbroken
when he leaves for army service in colonial Algeria and is
upset to have only received one letter from him in two
months. She is also pregnant. Her mother's solution to this
situation is kindly diamond-merchant Roland Cassard. He
agrees to raise Geneviève's child as his own, and when Guy
returns from Algeria he finds Geneviève now married.
Prix Louis-Delluc 1963, Cannes 1964: Palme d'Or,
French Syndicate of Film Critics 1965: Critics Prize - Best Film
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