Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Catherine Deneuve: The Young Girls of Rochefort, Dirty Money, A Christmas Tale

Catherine Deneuve turned 68-years-old this past week (October 22).  While there is a limited collection of her films on Netflix Watch Instantly, here are a few that are worth checking out.

The Young Girls of Rochefort (Jacques Demy, France, 1967, 124 minutes)
Netflix: Living in the small town of Rochefort, France, twin sisters Delphine and Solange Garnier (Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac) yearn for the romance of Paris. But when a charming pair of song-and-dance men (George Chakiris and Grover Dale) comes to town, the sisters get more than they ever dreamed. This effervescent film by acclaimed director Jacques Demy co-stars silver-screen legend Gene Kelly.  Netflix link.

Dirty Money (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1972, 99 minutes)
Netflix: When nightclub owner and criminal mastermind Simon (Richard Crenna) pulls off a stunning heist in a small seaside town, the police detective sent to investigate the crime is none other than his good friend Commissaire Coleman (Alain Delon). Worse, as Coleman begins to unravel the case, Simon's girlfriend starts an affair with the cop. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, this intense French film noir co-stars Catherine Deneuve.  Netflix link.

A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, France, 2008, 151 minutes)
Netflix: Arnaud Desplechin directs this artfully unconventional tale (which received a nod for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award) about members of a dysfunctional family who come together for a strained and animosity-filled Christmas reunion. The all-star ensemble cast includes Jean-Paul Roussillon, Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos and Deneuve's real-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni.  Netflix link.

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