FilmBar Brings a Star-Studded Lineup of French Films to Downtown Phoenix

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Inject a little culture into your weekly film routine by dropping into FilmBar throughout the month of March for the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event. The 18th edition of this series of French-only flicks has a lot of great entries, but we know the five films you'd be très stupide to pass up.

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Thérèse Desqueyroux

Showing: March 3 at 2 p.m.

Based on the novel by François Mauriac, Audrey Tatou, everyone's favorite French indie actress post-Amélie, plays a recently married woman who becomes increasingly dissatisfied with her provincial, routine life. The late Claude Miller's final film promises to be an instant classic -- if you're into irksome women in period pieces. The Suicide Shop (Les Magasins des Suicides)

Showing: March 9 at 2 p.m. and March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The animated film is a black comedy set in a dreary, depressed city hell-bent on killing itself. One family decides to cash in on the suicide trend and open a shop that sells all you need to off yourself. All is well until their new son is born who is -- gasp -- un optimiste! Augustine

Showing: March 12 at 2 p.m. and March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

French cinema doesn't get much moodier than this, folks, and if you don't believe us, just watch the trailer. Augustine (played by French singer Soko) is a "hysterical" young woman coming to grips with her seizures and sexuality while being viewed as insane. Chances are her pervy yet revolutionary doctor won't take advantage of any of that. Persecution

Showing: March 17 at 2 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m.

After Michel Gondry's Science of Sleep and most recent Lars von Trier films, we're game to see pretty much any film featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg. This one puts her as the tepid love interest of a brooding Parisian man struggling with his love for her and a stalker of his own. This one's bound to get heated.

Journal de France

Showing: March 19 at 6:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m.

This documentary follows legendary French photographer Raymond Depardon, who's known for capturing French history unlike anyone else. The film and photo collage will pique the interest of any history buff or Francophile. Tickets for this film, and all other featured movies are available through the FilmBar website.

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