Louis Malle Collection: Volume 2

  |  Buy to Own: 31/07/2006
  |  566 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A collection of five films from celebrated 'nouvelle vague' French director Louis Malle. 'Black Moon' (1975) is a surreal allegorical adventure tale starring Cathryn Harrison as Lily, a young girl who finds herself in a strange Wonderlandesque world full of odd characters after travelling down a lonely road. 'Milou en Mai' (1990) offers a bleak view of the collapse of one family and their country during February 1968, when the family meet at the funeral of Milou's mother. The provincial country house becomes the site of a family in conflict as disputes rage both in the country and at home until the family are forced to flee to the hills in search of shelter. The wartime drama 'Lacombe Lucien' (1974) was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar and picked up the Best Film award at the BAFTAs. A young French peasant (Pierre Blaise) sees a chance for social advancement by joining the Gestapo during the French Occupation. However, his position is placed under threat when he begins a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish tailor - a liaison that could have disastrous repercussions for them both. 'Le Souffle Au Coeur' (1971) is an exploration of adolescence and sexual longing. Laurent (Ferreux) is a precocious 15-year-old living in the 1950s, growing up in a boisterous loving family. He travels with his mother to a fashionable spa town so that he can recuperate from a heart murmur. Motherly love transforms into sexual longing in this film, which explores the thin line of love between mother and son. The film boasts a soundtrack by the legendary Charlie Parker. Malle's semi-autobiographical wartime drama 'Au Revoir Les Enfants' is set during the Nazi occupation of France. Young teen Jean (Raphael Fetjo) is transferred to a Catholic boarding school. Classmate Julien (Gaspard Manesse) strikes up a friendship with him, and discovers that Jean is in fact Jewish, one of three boys being offered a safe haven by the headmaster. However, when a Gestapo officer arrives at the school, it seems that their cover has been blown. The film won the Best Film prize at Venice in 1987.