French Connections

French Connections

2 Episodes

The personal gets political in these trenchant studies of group dynamics that offer at once intimate and panoramic views of French society. Both a moving love story and an electrifying vision of the power of collective action, Robin Campillo’s BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) unfolds during the life-or-death struggle of the AIDS crisis as it traces the romance that blossoms between two men involved in the Act Up activist movement. Campillo cowrote and edited Laurent Cantet’s THE CLASS, a perceptive look at the social hierarchies and complex power dynamics at play within a multiethnic Parisian classroom that became the first French film in more than two decades to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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French Connections
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute)

    Episode 1

    Directed by Robin Campillo • 2017 • France
    Starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

    In the early 1990s, Act Up–Paris activists advocate for those stricken with HIV/AIDS with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, fierce debates, and ecstatic dance parties, Nathan (Arn...

  • The Class

    Episode 2

    Directed by Laurent Cantet • 2008 • France
    Starring François Bégaudeau, Esmeralda Ouertani, Rachel Regulier

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, this incisive exploration of social dynamics within a multiethnic French school achieves a degree of unsentimental realism rare a...