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Powerful Female Solidarity in Hands of French Director Anne Fontaine

“The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine

A POLISH CONVENT TRAUMATIZED BY WAR CRIMES IN THE LAST DAYS OF WWII

One of the best reviewed films and top box office performing foreign language releases of the year arrives nationwide beginning September 27th

 

“CRITICS CHOICE! Spellbinding… The Innocents Soars.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Powerful and Moving! Examines every moral crevice of an unthinkable scenario”  -Justin Chang, VARIETY

“Genius. A stunningly beautiful film.”  – Alissa Wilkinson, CHRISTIANITY TODAY

The Innocents - Photo courtesy of Music Box Films
The Innocents – photo courtesy of Music Box Films

 

The Innocents is director Anne Fontaine’s haunting and ultimately life affirming post-WWII drama about  a young, forward-thinking French Red Cross doctor who comes to the aid of a group of traumatized young Polish nuns whose lives and faith have been dangerously tested. The Innocents is based on the true story of heroic French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac.

 

The second World War is finally over and doctor Mathilde (rising star Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of Nazi work camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, Ida). Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as they face an unprecedented crisis of faith.

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Maison Close Season Two Trailer

This is one sexy season not to be missed…

Maison Close is a scintillating French television drama series, which takes viewers into 19th Century Parisian brothel during a time of legal prostitution.

The wildly popular French erotic drama series MAISON CLOSE: SEASON TWO returns to further weave its sexy tales of the women of “The Paradise,” an infamous bordello that caters to aristocratic and bourgeois clientele known for its strange and refined practices during a time of legalized prostitution.

Check out the trailer and get ready for January 2016….

The Names of Love on DVD October 18th

 

The Names of Love will be available on DVD, Video on Demand and Digital Download On October 18th by Music Box Films

 
Baya is a VERY eccentric girl who sleeps with “right-winged” politicians in order to get them to support her political causes.  She takes the slogan “make love, not war” and runs with it……literally! She seems pretty ok with this…..that is until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle-aged scientist with tech saavy Jewish parents,whose at a crossroads in life.

Sparks fly between Baya and Arthur as they have deep conversation about everything from French politics, Jewish and Arabic stereotypes, and French culture.

The Names of Loves has been deemed “Wildly Funny’ by The New York Times, and  The Wall Street Journal raved “A sharp-witted sometimes surreal comedy”, while The Hollywood Reporter hailed, “A delightful, sexy, and often audacious crowd pleaser.”

Although I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, The Names of Love had me laughing out loud and left me feeling that Sara Forestier deserved to win a Cesar Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Baya Benmahmoud. Sara Forestier and Jacques Gamblin play off each other well, and it shows all throughout the film.