Submissions from France to the Academy Awards to get an Oscar Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film Category

by CineasticusBorealis | created - 30 Sep 2014 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

A detailed text on French submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will follow as soon as I have some more time to create it. Please be patient!

............................................................................................. This list is chronologically sorted in reverse by years of participation!

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1. Memoir of War (2017)

127 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Marguerite must navigate through the hardships of the Liberation after losing her husband and starting a relationship with the enemy during the War.

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 603 | Gross: $0.10M

91st ACADEMY AWARDS (2018) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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2. BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 10,417 | Gross: $0.13M

90th ACADEMY AWARDS (2017) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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3. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 54,410

89th ACADEMY AWARDS (2016) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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4. Mustang (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

83 Metascore

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven | Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan

Votes: 30,776 | Gross: $0.85M

88th ACADEMY AWARDS (2015) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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5. Saint Laurent (2014)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career.

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux

Votes: 4,812 | Gross: $0.43M

87th ACADEMY AWARDS (2014) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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6. Renoir (2012)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Bourdos | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret

Votes: 4,791 | Gross: $2.29M

86th ACADEMY AWARDS (2013) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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7. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 673,207 | Gross: $13.18M

85th ACADEMY AWARDS (2012) ▒▒▒▒ Status: shortlisted

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8. Declaration of War (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

73 Metascore

When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.

Director: Valérie Donzelli | Stars: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm

Votes: 4,725 | Gross: $0.05M

84th ACADEMY AWARDS (2011) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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9. Of Gods and Men (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, History

86 Metascore

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach

Votes: 13,968 | Gross: $3.95M

83rd ACADEMY AWARDS (2010) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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10. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,023 | Gross: $2.08M

82nd ACADEMY AWARDS (2009) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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11. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,278 | Gross: $3.77M

81st ACADEMY AWARDS (2008) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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12. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 81,872 | Gross: $4.45M

80th ACADEMY AWARDS (2007) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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13. Avenue Montaigne (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A young woman arrives in Paris where she finds a job as a waitress in bar next on Avenue Montaigne that caters to the surrounding theaters and the wealthy inhabitants of the area. She will meet a pianist, a famous actress and a great art collector, and become acquainted with the "luxurious" world her grandmother has told her about since her childhood.

Director: Danièle Thompson | Stars: Cécile de France, Valérie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel, Claude Brasseur

Votes: 3,885 | Gross: $2.04M

79th ACADEMY AWARDS (2006) ▒▒▒▒ Status: shortlisted

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14. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,570 | Gross: $1.05M

78th ACADEMY AWARDS (2005) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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15. The Chorus (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Music

56 Metascore

The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad

Votes: 52,411 | Gross: $3.64M

77th ACADEMY AWARDS (2004) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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16. Bon voyage (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Grégori Derangère

Votes: 4,571 | Gross: $2.35M

76th ACADEMY AWARDS (2003) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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17. 8 Women (2002)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

64 Metascore

One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman!

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 27,018 | Gross: $3.08M

75th ACADEMY AWARDS (2002) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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18. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 649,724 | Gross: $33.23M

74th ACADEMY AWARDS (2001) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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19. The Taste of Others (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Jaoui | Stars: Anne Alvaro, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat, Agnès Jaoui

Votes: 8,500 | Gross: $0.64M

73rd ACADEMY AWARDS (2000) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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20. East/West (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, History

61 Metascore

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve, Sergey Bodrov

Votes: 4,357 | Gross: $2.78M

72nd ACADEMY AWARDS (1999) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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21. The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is ... See full summary »

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado

Votes: 7,003 | Gross: $1.73M

71st ACADEMY AWARDS (1998) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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22. Western (1997)

TV-PG | 124 min | Comedy, Romance

Catalonian Paco is a traveling rep for a shoe manufacturer. When he stops to pick up Russian emigree hitchhiker Nino, Paco soon finds himself on the side of the road with everything stolen ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Poirier | Stars: Sergi López, Sacha Bourdo, Élisabeth Vitali, Marie Matheron

Votes: 988 | Gross: $0.20M

70th ACADEMY AWARDS (1997) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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23. Ridicule (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche

Votes: 6,691 | Gross: $2.50M

69th ACADEMY AWARDS (1996) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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24. French Twist (1995)

R | 104 min | Comedy

After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

Director: Josiane Balasko | Stars: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado

Votes: 4,281 | Gross: $1.40M

68th ACADEMY AWARDS (1995) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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25. Wild Reeds (1994)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

In a village in the Southwest of France, 1962. Maite and Francois are 18 years old. They are friends, not lovers. In Francois's classroom, there are Serge, whose brother has just married to... See full summary »

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel, Stéphane Rideau, Frédéric Gorny

Votes: 4,734 | Gross: $0.92M

67th ACADEMY AWARDS (1994) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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26. Germinal (1993)

R | 160 min | Drama, Romance

In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Renaud, Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Jean Carmet

Votes: 4,262 | Gross: $0.38M

66th ACADEMY AWARDS (1993) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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27. Indochine (1992)

PG-13 | 159 min | Drama, Romance, War

Elaine adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Elaine (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne

Votes: 8,516 | Gross: $5.73M

65th ACADEMY AWARDS (1992) ████ Status: won

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28. Van Gogh (1991)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life are examined.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Bernard Le Coq, Gérard Séty

Votes: 2,408 | Gross: $0.14M

64th ACADEMY AWARDS (1991) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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29. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

PG | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Votes: 20,704 | Gross: $15.14M

63rd ACADEMY AWARDS (1990) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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30. Camille Claudel (1988)

R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Nuytten | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 5,651 | Gross: $0.20M

62nd ACADEMY AWARDS (1989) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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31. La lectrice (1988)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

A multi-faceted film based on Raymond Jean's novel "La Lectrice". Constance (Miou-Miou) reads the novel aloud in bed to her lover. Inspired by the story of Marie, a woman who advertises her... See full summary »

Director: Michel Deville | Stars: Miou-Miou, Christian Ruché, Sylvie Laporte, Michel Raskine

Votes: 1,441 | Gross: $0.70M

61st ACADEMY AWARDS (1988) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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32. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 28,188 | Gross: $4.54M

60th ACADEMY AWARDS (1987) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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33. Betty Blue (1986)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland

Votes: 15,931 | Gross: $2.00M

59th ACADEMY AWARDS (1986) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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34. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah, André Dussollier, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu

Votes: 3,087 | Gross: $2.05M

58th ACADEMY AWARDS (1985) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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35. So Long, Stooge (1983)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Coluche, Richard Anconina, Agnès Soral, Mahmoud Zemmouri

Votes: 2,201

57th ACADEMY AWARDS (1984) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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36. Entre Nous (1983)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the... See full summary »

Director: Diane Kurys | Stars: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Guy Marchand, Jean-Pierre Bacri

Votes: 1,380

56th ACADEMY AWARDS (1983) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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37. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,461

55th ACADEMY AWARDS (1982) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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38. Diva (1981)

R | 117 min | Thriller

Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix | Stars: Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu

Votes: 10,853 | Gross: $0.11M

54th ACADEMY AWARDS (1981) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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39. The Last Metro (1980)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Romance, War

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 11,079

53rd ACADEMY AWARDS (1980) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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40. A Simple Story (1978)

110 min | Drama, Romance

A simple story about simple people. A 38 year old divorced woman (Marie), who now has a lover (Serge) but decides to leave him, abort his baby, and then returns with her ex-husband (Georges... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet | Stars: Romy Schneider, Claude Brasseur, Bruno Cremer, Roger Pigaut

Votes: 947

52nd ACADEMY AWARDS (1979) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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41. Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A worried husband finds a lover for his depressed wife, but she falls in love with a bullied thirteen-year-old math prodigy and wants to have the boy's baby.

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere, Michel Serrault

Votes: 3,124

51st ACADEMY AWARDS (1978) ████ Status: won

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42. Madame Rosa (1977)

105 min | Drama

Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and... See full summary »

Director: Moshé Mizrahi | Stars: Simone Signoret, Michal Bat-Adam, Samy Ben-Youb, Gabriel Jabbour

Votes: 929

50th ACADEMY AWARDS (1977) ████ Status: won

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43. Cousin cousine (1975)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

Two distant cousins meet at a wedding banquet for an elderly couple. Over time, a close friendship develops between them, but their spouses begin to think that they are more than just friends.

Director: Jean-Charles Tacchella | Stars: Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Lanoux, Marie-France Pisier, Guy Marchand

Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $8.70M

49th ACADEMY AWARDS (1976) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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44. India Song (1975)

120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Anne-Marie Stretter, wife of a French diplomat, lives in 1930s India. She takes many lovers as systems of oppression decay around her.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann

Votes: 1,243

48th ACADEMY AWARDS (1975) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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45. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler, Therese Giehse

Votes: 5,651

47th ACADEMY AWARDS (1974) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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46. Day for Night (1973)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 17,851 | Gross: $0.02M

46th ACADEMY AWARDS (1973) ████ Status: won

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47. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

93 Metascore

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier

Votes: 33,568 | Gross: $0.20M

45th ACADEMY AWARDS (1972) ████ Status: won

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