Free French Films

(Above: ‘Slack Bay.’ Source: FIAF)

This month, FIAF (French Institute: Alliance Française), in partnership with Kino Lorber, will offer free streams of five French films from the past decade.

The selections, presented as part of a “Virtual CinéSalon,” will include video introductions from experts and special live Q&As with yet-to-be-announced guests.

You must RSVP for each title before viewing. For more, click on the links for the following films (all have English subtitles):

The Trouble with You! (En Liberté!) – Available now through Monday, June 1

In this romantic comedy with screwball elements, Detective Yvonne (Adèle Haenel), widow of police chief Santi (Vincent Elbaz), seeks to make amends for her husband’s having scapegoated an innocent man, Antoine (Pio Marmaï), for crimes the husband himself committed. 

Diplomacy (Diplomacie, 2014) – Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, June 1

It is 1944, and per Hitler’s orders, nothing is to be left of Paris when the Nazis retreat from the city. General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) plans to leave Paris in ruins by destroying the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the bridges over the Seine. However, on August 25, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) sneaks into German headquarters and tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

Diplomacy FIAF Kino Lorber
(Above: Niels Arestrup and André Dussollier in ‘Diplomacy.’ Source: FIAF)

Volker Schlöndorff directed this historical drama.

Slack Bay (Ma Loute, 2016) – Tuesday, May 19 through Monday, June 1

The bourgeois and eccentric Van Peteghem family— played by The English Patient’s Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—are spending another relaxing summer at a cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. When two bumbling inspectors arrive to investigate the disappearance of tourists, love blooms between the family’s gender nonconforming teen and the son of a local fisherman.

This comedy was directed by Bruno Dumont, whose influences are said to include Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy.

A Faithful Man (L’homme Fidèle, 2018) – Tuesday, May 19 through Monday, June 1

In this bedroom farce, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) reunites with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta). Marianne had left Abel nine years earlier to marry his now-deceased best friend. Soon Abel finds himself embroiled in all sorts of drama, including the romantic interest of a young woman (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and questions about what really happened to Marianne’s first husband.

The Fairy (La Fée, 2011) – – Tuesday, May 19 through Monday, June 1

Described as a whimsical, slapstick story, The Fairy is directed by Dominique Abel, who also stars as Dom, a hotel night clerk who meets Fiona (Fiona Gordon), a strangely dressed women claiming to be a fairy. Fiona grants Dom three wishes but vanishes before delivering the last one. Dom, now in love with Fiona, goes searching for her.


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