Miss strolling through the streets of Paris? Want to brush up on your French? Or just want to watch a great crime thriller, character driven film, off-beat comedy or a documentary Michel Gondry made about his family? Here are Topic’s picks from France.
1. Baron NoirFranceThriller Suspense3 SN | 24 EPS

Like “The West Wing” meets “The Sopranos” but set in France, this fast-paced thriller reveals the dirtier side of French politics and a world in which the players are shady, the sabotage is ruthless, and revenge is everything.

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2. He Even Has Your EyesFranceComedy1 SN | 6 EPS

Paul and Sali Aloka, a Black couple, have a white adopted son, Benjamin, and a biological son, Noé. They might not look like an ordinary family, but they’re happy—until Paul’s father shows up and prompts Benjamin to search for his birth parents.

3. IrresponsableFranceComedy3 SN | 30 EPS

When 31-year-old man-child Julien learns he has a teenage son, he embraces fatherhood by winning his son’s affections with joints and video games. Can he step up to the plate as a dad if he’s still a kid himself?

4. IskanderFranceThriller Suspense2 SN | 10 EPS

SYNOPSIS  Rookie cop Chloé, a new arrival to French Guiana, investigates the ritualistic double murder of a French couple and their missing son.

WHAT  What begins as a police procedural quickly takes a turn as the story moves from tin-shack favelas to the heart of the jungle and voodoo rituals.

WHY  Iskander dives into the mysticism and specificities of French Guiana from the point of view of a French girl.

5. Les SauvagesFranceThriller Suspense1 SN | 6 EPS

After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, France’s first president-elect of North African descent must navigate racial and family politics to secure a future for his loved ones and country.

6. NoxFranceCrime1 SN | 6 EPS

SYNOPSIS  When her police officer daughter disappears, retired cop Catherine embarks on a race against time to find her.

WHAT  Crime thriller set in the sewers and catacombs of Paris.

WHY  Top French actors; Inspired by Heart of Darkness, Seven & True Detective.

7. ParlementFranceComedy1 SN | 10 EPS

Politics are no laughing matter, but in this satire, the entire European Parliament is a joke. New assistant Samy fumbles his way through reports and amendments, his boss literally runs away from work, and grown officials throw ragers over Brexit.

8. PhilharmoniaFranceCrime1 SN | 6 EPS

Hélène returns to Paris to conduct a prestigious orchestra. On top of proving herself in a male-dominated field, now she must dodge a deadly curse and clear her name. Lethal secrets merge with soaring symphonies in this sexy psychological thriller.

9. Vernon SubutexFranceDrama1 SN | 9 EPS

Vernon Subutex, an unemployed former owner of legendary record shop Revolver, is evicted from his apartment. In his search for a place to stay, Vernon contacts his former friends who were involved in the music world with him in the 90’s. This series takes us to today’s vibrant Parisian streets and reveals a group of unusual characters, whose lives are all set to be united by one man - Vernon Subutex.

10. 35 Shots of RumFranceDrama1 Hour 41 Mins

Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, Claire Denis' sublime drama is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. Featuring an evocative score by Tindersticks.

11. Far From MenFranceDrama1 Hour 42 Mins

Set in French Colonial Algeria, the film follows Daru, a reclusive, pacifist, Algerian-born French teacher of Spanish descent (Viggo Mortensen) tasked with delivering Mohammad, a docile Algerian murder suspect (Reda Kateb), into the hands of French authorities as the Algerian War of Independence ignites.

12. MillaFranceDrama2 Hours 7 Mins

In a delicate, even generous manner, Valérie Massadian’s new film begins as a story of two young lovers’ life on the fringes before shifting towards one of recent cinema’s finest depictions of motherhood. Milla and Leo live clandestinely, their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by a love for which there is neither a logic nor substitute. But such an existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is there to go in its wake?

13. NocturamaFranceDrama2 Hours 11 Mins

The new film by Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, House of Pleasures) is a terrorism thriller like no other. We follow a group of adolescents as they prowl the streets of Paris, learning that they’re underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture. Will they survive the encroaching authorities? Or, as the walls close in, will they even survive each other?

14. Paris Je T'aimeFranceRomance2 Hours 1 Min

Set against a Parisian backdrop, twenty filmmakers explore the many faces of love in this delightful anthology film. Featuring Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Mortimer, Willem Dafoe and Steve Buscemi. With films from Alfonso Cuaron, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Craven and Gus Van Sant.

15. PolinaFranceDrama1 Hour 49 Mins

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. Diverting from her plan, she moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche).

16. Thorn in the HeartFranceDocumentary1 Hour 27 Mins

From director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) comes THE THORN IN THE HEART (L'Epine dans le Coeur) a personal look at the life of the Gondry family matriarch, Michel's aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves. During the course of filming the documentary, Michel unearths new family stories and uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. Official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

17. Towards MathildeFranceDocumentary1 Hour 23 Mins

Fom filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, Let the Sunshine In), comes a documentary portrait par excellence. At its center is Mathilde Monnier, whose title as head of the Montpellier National Centre for Choreography sends her and an elite group of dancers through demanding performance pieces, each captured on sumptuous 8 and 16mm images by cinematographers Agnès Godard and Hélène Louvart. Released in the U.S. for the first time, this is a singular work among Denis’ oeuvre.

18. Women UndercoverFranceDocumentary

Against an animated backdrop, journalist Chloé Aeberhardt interviews female spies from the Cold War-era, angling to dispel myths that women rely on their femininity and sexuality to obtain essential intelligence and acts of political espionage.

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