The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses

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The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses is a book by Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers, that highlights an explosion of female talent in French cinema. Scores of French actresses are doing the best work of their lives in movies tailored to their star images and unique personalities. To spend time with them, to admire their flashing intelligence and fearless willingness to depict life as it is lived, gives us what we're looking for in movies but so rarely find: insights into womanhood, meditations on the dark and light aspect's of life's journey, revelations and explorations that move viewers to reflect on their own lives. The stories they bring to the screen leave us feeling renewed and excited about movies again. This list below is from Appendix Two of LaSalle's book. It includes films that are available in English subtitled editions and are mentioned in his book or his suggestions that did not make the text.

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    Actrices

    2007 — a.k.a. Actresses, in 0 top lists Check
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    L'adversaire

    2002 — a.k.a. The Adversary, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ah! Si j'étais riche

    2002 — a.k.a. If I Were a Rich Man, in 0 top lists Check
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    Un air de famille

    1996 — a.k.a. Family Resemblances, in 1 top list Check
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    Alice et Martin

    1998 — a.k.a. Alice and Martin, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

    2001 — a.k.a. Amélie, in 27 top lists Check
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    Les ambitieux

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    L'amour braque

    1985 — a.k.a. Mad Love, in 0 top lists Check
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    Anatomie de l'enfer

    2004 — a.k.a. Anatomy of Hell, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants

    2004 — a.k.a. ...And They Lived Happily Ever After, in 0 top lists Check
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    Anna M.

    2007, in 0 top lists Check
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    Anthony Zimmer

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Après lui

    2007, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fauteuils d'orchestre

    2006 — a.k.a. Avenue Montaigne, in 0 top lists Check
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    Backstage

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le bal des actrices

    2009 — a.k.a. All About Actresses, in 0 top lists Check
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    La balance

    1982, in 2 top lists Check
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    La balia

    1999 — a.k.a. The Nanny, in 0 top lists Check
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    Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre

    2001 — a.k.a. Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre, in 0 top lists Check
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    La Baule-les-Pins

    1990 — a.k.a. C'est la vie, in 0 top lists Check
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    La Belle Noiseuse

    1991 — a.k.a. The Beautiful Troublemaker, in 11 top lists Check
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    Betty Fisher et autres histoires

    2001 — a.k.a. Alias Betty, in 0 top lists Check
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    Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi

    1998 — a.k.a. Beware of My Love, in 0 top lists Check
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    La boum

    1980 — a.k.a. The Party, in 0 top lists Check
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    La boum 2

    1982 — a.k.a. The Party 2, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le pacte des loups

    2001 — a.k.a. Brotherhood of the Wolf, in 3 top lists Check
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    Les bureaux de Dieu

    2008 — a.k.a. God's Offices, in 0 top lists Check
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    Camille Claudel

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
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    La Californie

    2006 — a.k.a. French California, in 0 top lists Check
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    La captive du désert

    1990 — a.k.a. Captive of the Desert, in 0 top lists Check
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    Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma

    1995 — a.k.a. A Hundred and One Nights, in 0 top lists Check
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    La cérémonie

    1995 — a.k.a. La Cérémonie, in 7 top lists Check
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    Copie conforme

    2010 — a.k.a. Certified Copy, in 8 top lists Check
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    C'est la vie

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    C'est le bouquet!

    2002 — a.k.a. Special Delivery, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ceux qui restent

    2007 — a.k.a. Those Who Remain, in 0 top lists Check
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    Change moi ma vie

    2001 — a.k.a. Change My Life, in 0 top lists Check
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    Les chansons d'amour

    2007 — a.k.a. Love Songs, in 0 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du siècle

    1999 — a.k.a. The Children of the Century, in 0 top lists Check
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    Un conte de Noël

    2008 — a.k.a. A Christmas Tale, in 4 top lists Check
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    Clara et moi

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cliente

    2008 — a.k.a. A French Gigolo, in 0 top lists Check
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    Coco avant Chanel

    2009 — a.k.a. Coco Before Chanel, in 0 top lists Check
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    Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Un coeur en hiver

    1992 — a.k.a. A Heart in Winter, in 1 top list Check
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    Au coeur du mensonge

    1999 — a.k.a. The Color of Lies, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le colonel Chabert

    1994 — a.k.a. Colonel Chabert, in 0 top lists Check
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    Comme une image

    2004 — a.k.a. Look at Me, in 1 top list Check
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    Vivement dimanche!

    1983 — a.k.a. Confidentially Yours, in 1 top list Check
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    Coup de foudre

    1983 — a.k.a. Entre Nous, in 2 top lists Check
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Last updated on Aug 27, 2012; source