Directed by Agnès Jaoui • 2000 • France
Starring Anne Alvaro, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat
Agnès Jaoui directs this ensemble romance that earned an Oscar nod for best foreign-language film. Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) falls for English-language tutor Clara (Anne Alvaro), and instigates a chain of turbulent relationships in the process. This poignant debut from Jaoui illustrates that sometimes, great actresses don’t get the breaks, hash-dealing barmaids can find love, and the desire to become culturally enlightened just isn’t enough.