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March 2020

  1970 (15) colour 93 mins (drama/thriller) Claude Chabrol French with English subtitles 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…

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April 2020

  2002 (12A) colour 90 mins (crime/thriller) Patrice Leconte French with English subtitles 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…

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May 2020

  1980 (U) – colour 83 mins (animation/fantasy) Paul Grimault French with English subtitles 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…

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June 2020

  1964 (U) – colour 91 mins (drama/musical/romance) Jaques Demy French with English subtitles 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…

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