2008, Kino Lorber, 90 min, France/Germany/Israel, Dir: Amos Gitaï

In 1987, as the trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, French businessman Victor Bastien (Hippolyte Girardot) finds a distressing “Aryan declaration” authored by his late father among family documents. His mother, Rivka (the legendary Jeanne Moreau), keeps a stubborn silence. As Victor becomes more obsessed with past secrets, he takes his family to the tiny village where Rivka’s parents were forced to hide during the war. A poignant and ultimately optimistic portrait of a family’s confrontation with the wounds of the past and their hopes for a better future.

2013, Films Distribution, 94 min, France, Dir: Isabelle Czajka

This piercing adaptation of British writer Rachel Cusk’s Arlington Park shows how restrictive gender roles can be even in supposedly progressive households. Juliette (Emmanuelle Devos), husband Thomas (Laurent Poitrenaux) and their two kids move to a wealthy Paris suburb, where a pompous businessman at a dinner party and an old classmate remind Juliette that women’s aspirations are still treated as subservient to men’s. In French with English subtitles.

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