La nuit des traquées
DIRECTED BY: Jean Rollin
FEATURING: Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardère, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau
PLOT: A beautiful woman is imprisoned in an unofficial asylum housed in a skyscraper with dozens of patients; because they all suffer from short-term amnesia and can only remember events from the last few minutes, no one knows why . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (1980)
DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel
PLOT: Six friends attempt to have dinner together, but repeatedly fail for increasingly bizarre reasons.
WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: A plot so simple it’s barely a plot at all starts out small . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972)
DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina
PLOT: A rich French businessman courts a beautiful young Spanish woman over the years, but although she sometimes professes to love him, she continually refuses to consummate the relationship.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Obscure Object is one of Buñuel’s best, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977)
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
DIRECTED BY: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
FEATURING: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon, Rufus
PLOT: An introverted and imaginative Parisian girl devotes herself to secretly helping those around her, but is it only because she’s afraid to go after love herself?
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: If Amélie makes . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: AMELIE (2001)
DIRECTED BY: Kim Chapiron
FEATURING: Olivier Barthelemy, Vincent Cassel, Roxane Mesquida
PLOT: Four young people agree to spend Christmas at the country home of a beautiful stranger they meet at a Paris club, but the oddball caretaker takes an intense and unhealthy interest in one of the crew.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: SHEITAN (2006)
DIRECTED BY: Leos Carax
FEATURING: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli
PLOT: “Mr. Oscar” drives around Paris in a limo taking on nine “assignments” which require him to become an accordion player, a hitman, and fashion model-abducting leprechaun, among other personae.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Holy Motors is . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: HOLY MOTORS (2012)
“What a rotten film, all we meet are crazy people.”–Roland
DIRECTED BY: Jean-Luc Godard
FEATURING: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne
PLOT: Corrine and Roland are a married couple who are cheating on each other and who hope to inherit money from Corrine’s dying father. They set off on a weekend trip to travel to the father’s . . . → Read More: 130. WEEKEND (1967)
Souvenirs de la Maison Close; AKA L’Apollonide; House of Tolerance
DIRECTED BY: Bertrand Bonello
FEATURING: Alice Barnole, Hafsia Herzi, Iliana Zabeth, Noémie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois
PLOT: This drama follows the travails of a group of prostitutes in a belle epoque bordello.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: House of Pleasures sports a . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: HOUSE OF PLEASURES (2011)
DIRECTED BY: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
FEATURING: Jean-Paul Rouve, Sophie Quinton, Guillaume Gouix
PLOT: In a snowbound French town, a crime novelist investigates the death of a local celebrity who believed herself to be the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Nobody Else but You flirts with weirdness, especially through some nods to “Twin Peaks,” . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: NOBODY ELSE BUT YOU [POUPOUPIDOU] (2011)
DIRECTED BY: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
FEATURING: Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Edouard Baer, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabella Rossellini
PLOT: A master musician loses the will to live after his prized violin is destroyed, and retires to his deathbed where his story is told through flashbacks mingled with fantasy sequences.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: CHICKEN WITH PLUMS [POULET AUX PRUNES] (2011)