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TV5MONDE Program Highlights – February 2024

Film, Film Series

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February 1 - February 29, 2024

The international French-language network TV5 Monde is showing several fantastic programs in February. The program includes premium films, a chance to discover exciting new series, fun-filled variety shows, and engaging documentaries! We’ve rounded up some of the very best must-see programs this month, get ready to immerse yourself in French culture!

TV5 Monde

Films

À l’abordage – February 4 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

(English ST)

Paris, one evening in August. Boy meets girl. They are the same age, but do not belong to the same world. Félix works; Alma is going on holiday the next day. But that’s no problem! Félix decides to join her at the other end of France, by surprise…

Director: Guillaume Brac (France, 2020)

Cast: Éric Nantchouang, Salif Cissé, E?douard Sulpice, Asma Messaoudene

Genre: Comedy

Awards: 2020 Berlin International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize – Honorable Mention Winner

Trois hommes et un couffin – February 6 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

In celebration of the 49th César Awards on February 23

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus.

(English ST)

Before leaving for Japan, Jacques tells his two housemates that a friend will be by to drop off a package, then back to collect it later. To Pierre and Michel’s amazement, a baby is left on their doorstep! Their carefree, womanizing lifestyle undergoes a sudden and radical change…

Director: Coline Serreau (France, 1984)

Cast: Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah, André Dussolier, Dominique Lavanant

Genre: Comedy

Awards: 1986 César Awards Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Michel Boujenah) Winners

Souvenirs d’en France – February 13 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

In celebration of Valentine’s Day

In celebration of the 49th César Awards on February 23

(English ST)

France in the 1930s. Eldest son of a bourgeois family Hector intends to marry Berthe, a laundress. His mother opposes the marriage but the patriarch, himself the son of Spanish immigrants and who started from nothing, sees in her the authority and charisma needed to successfully run the family factory.

Director: André Téchiné (France, 1975)

Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Marie-France Pisier, Michel Auclair

Genre: Dramedy

Awards: 1976 César Awards Best Supporting Actress (Marie-France Pisier) Winner

La femme de l’hôtel February 15 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

In celebration of Valentine’s Day

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus.

(English ST)

Making a film in her native town, a director finds inspiration in a woman, Estelle David, seen wandering through a hotel.

Director: Léa Pool (Canada, 1984)

Cast: Louise Marleau, Paule Baillargeon, Marthe Turgeon

Genre: Drama

Awards: 1985 Genie Awards Best Actress, Best Original Music Winners, 1984 TIFF Best Canadian Film Winner

Foudre – February 18 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus beginning February 7

(English ST)

Switzerland, 1900. Just as she’s about to pronounce her vows, 17-year-old Élisabeth, learns that her older sister has died suddenly. Élisabeth has no choice; she must leave the convent and return to the family farm. But the young woman rapidly becomes obsessed by the mysteries surrounding her sister’s disappearance…

Director: Carmen Jaquier (Switzerland, 2022)

Cast: Lilith Grasmug, Lou Iff, Diana Gervalla

Genre: Drama

Awards: 2022 Zurich Film Festival Emerging Swiss Talent Award Winner

Le grand chemin – February 20 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

In celebration of the 49th César Awards on February 23

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus beginning February 7

(English ST)

1959. Claire, pregnant and abandoned by her husband, leaves her son Louis with friends for the summer. In the country, the young Parisian brusquely faces the harsh realities of life, torn between two characters themselves lacerated and haunted by the dramatic events they had experienced a few years earlier.

Director: Jean-Loup Hubert (France, 1986)

Cast: Anémone, Richard Bohringer, Antoine Hubert

Genre: Comedy

Awards: 1988 César Awards Best Actor (Richard Bohringer) and Best Actress (Anémone) Winners

L’affiche rouge – February 22 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

80th anniversary of the Manouchian group falling under Nazi rule

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus beginning February 7

(English ST)

Occupied France, on the walls a red poster draws public attention to a group of foreign resistance fighters, mostly communists, led by the Armenian Missak Manouchian. Arrested, they are executed by the Nazis in 1944. Thirty years later, a theatre company pays tribute to them.

Director: Frank Cassenti (France, 1976)

Cast: Roger Ibanez, Pierre Clémenti, László Szabó

Genre: Historical drama

Awards: 1976 Prix Jean Vigo Winner

Series

Téléclub: The Count of Monte Cristo, The New Adventures of Arsène Lupin – Tuesdays starting February 6 at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus.

(English ST)

The first French television series were produced in the 1960s by the public service network. “Teleclub” invites you to discover, or rediscover, some of them with context provided by actress Fanny Ardant to put the airing of each episode in its era.

Monte Cristo moves into a Parisian society that may be wealthy but is also filled with traitors: Danglars, the banker, Morcerf, the general and peer of the realm, Villefort, the crown prosecutor. Passing himself off as their friend, the former sailor collects the information necessary for his revenge through ruin, dishonor, and crime.

During a grand fashion show organized at the home of Countess Adrienne, the governor intends offering a haut-couture dress embellished with several hundred diamonds to the wife of the Sultan of Brunei. But Arsène Lupin is also particularly interested in the precious dress…

Director: Denys de La Patellière (France, 2022)

Cast: Jacques Weber, Carla Romanelli, Jean-François Poron, Christiane Krüger, Roger Dumas, Christine Kaufmann, Patrick Laplace, Henri Virlojeux

Genre: Drama

Documentaries

Arletty–Soehring: Hélas, je t’aime February 14 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

(English ST)

Made famous by her role in “Hôtel du Nord,” Arletty (1898-1992) became the star of “Visiteurs du Soir” and “Enfants du Paradis.” But at the same time, her love affair with a German officer, Hans-Jürgen Soehring, caused a scandal. We explore their correspondence.

Director: Frédéric Mitterrand (France, 2020)

Genre: Documentary

À la Vie, à la Terre: Sénégal February 21 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Original documentary series, exclusive premiere

Previous episodes also streaming on TV5MONDEplus.

(English ST)

  • TBA

Presenter: Chloé Nabédian (France, 2024)

Genre: Documentary series

Un pays qui se tient sage February 25 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

(English ST)

In a climate of rising anger and discontent about social justice, many public demonstrations are the subject of increasingly violent repression. This film invites citizens to consider the issues of social order and the legitimacy of the use of violence by the state.

Director: David Dufresne (France, 2020)

Genre: Documentary

Awards: 2021 César Awards Best Documentary Film Nominee, 2021 Lumiere Awards Best Documentary Winner

TV5 Monde Plus

Films

Kankan – Streaming beginning February 7

(English ST)

A biopic based on the life of Dieudonné Afana, A.K.A Jean Miché Kankan, one of the greatest African comedians of all time.

Director: Joseph Akama (Cameroun, 2022)

Cast: Landry Nguetsa, Assala Kofane, Virginie Ehana

Genre: Drama

Les Meilleures – Streaming beginning February 7

(English ST)

Nedjma is spending her days hanging out with her squad. However, everything changes when her path collides with Zina, the newly arrived cousin of the leader of a rival squad.

Director: Marion Desseigne-Ravel (France, 2021)

Cast: Lina El Arabi, Esther Bernet-Rollande, Kiyane Benamara

Genre: Drama

CaramelNow streaming

(English ST)

Fred, a single thirty-something, manages a cinema. His sister, Maria, wants him to marry, but none of the women she introduces him to seem to his taste. One day, during a screening, he meets young Caramel. They fall in love. But who is she really?

Director: Henri Duparc (Côte d’Ivoire, 2005)

Cast: Fortuné Akakpo, Fargass Assandé, Hassan David

Genre: Dramedy

Ndagukunda DejaNow streaming

(English ST)

After meeting his Rwandan father in Montreal for the first time at 28 years old, Québécois journalist Sébastien Desrosiers goes to his native land, during the 25th anniversary of the genocide…

Director: Sébastien Desrosiers, David Findlay (Canada, 2020)

Genre: Documentary short

Awards: 2021 Vancouver Short Film Festival Best Documentary Winner

Series

La chance de ta vieNow streaming season 1

Loïc has won the lottery. He and the whole family move to Geneva. His aim: to take control of the major watch-making brand that had wronged his father. A decision that plunges him into a world of money and power of which he knows neither the values nor the rules.

Director: Chris Niemeyer (Switzerland, 2021)

Cast: Karim Barras, Zoé Schellenberg, Joan Mompart, Mila Jubelin de Meyer, Roméo Cerutti

Genre: Comedy

Oggy et les cafards – Streaming beginning February 7

Oggy would be the happiest of cats if three cockroaches hadn’t decided to settle inside his comfortable home.

Creators: Jean-Yves Raimbaud, Marc Du Pontavice (France, 1997-2018)

Cast: Hugues Le Bars, Michel Elias, Peter Kelamis

Genre: Animation

Documentaries

African EmpiresNow streaming season 1

(English ST)

South Africa, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sudan: “African Empires” sets out to discover the greatest kingdoms and empires in Africa before colonization. A historical highlighting of the legacies left to today’s world.

Director: Chris Macari (France, 2023)

Genre: Documentary series

African MirrorNow streaming

(English ST)

Comprised entirely of archive material, drawing on a rich seam of documents to reveal how Swiss filmmaker and travel writer René Gardi left his mark on how a whole generation viewed Africa from the 1950s onward.

Director: Mischa Hedinger (Switzerland, 2019)Genre: Documentary

TV5 Monde Cinema

Theme: Love stories and comedies

Chère Léa Available beginning February 2

(English ST)

After a drunken night, Jonas decides on a whim to visit his former girlfriend, Léa, with whom he is still in love. Despite their still passionate relationship, Léa rejects him.

Director: Jérôme Bonnell (2021)

Cast: Grégory Montel, Grégory Gadebois, Anaïs Demoustier

Genre: Dramedy

Van Gogh in love Available beginning February 2

(English ST)

Nowadays, Vincent Van Gogh emerges from a self-portrait and falls in love with the wife of a contemporary artist.

Director: Jean-Luc Ayach (2022)

Cast: Frédéric Diefenthal, Steve Driesen, Hande Kodja

Genre: Dramedy

Les rendez-vous de Paris Available beginning February 2

(English ST)

“Les Rendez-vous de Paris” tells the story of three episodes of romantic seduction set in different districts of Paris.

Director: Éric Rohmer (1995)

Cast: Clara Bellar, Antoine Basler, Mathias Mégard

Genre: Comedy

Normale Available beginning February 9

(English ST)

A resourceful teenager takes care of her loving yet unreliable father, who is battling multiple sclerosis.

Director: Olivier Babinet (2023)

Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Justine Lacroix, Joseph Rozé

Genre: Dramedy

Chacun chez soi Available beginning February 9

(English ST)

Catherine and Yann have been a couple and lovers for many years. But, since Yann left his job, he has developed a passion for bonsai. A devouring passion which takes up a lot of space in the eyes of Catherine, who feels somewhat neglected.

Director: Michèle Laroque (2021)

Cast: Michèle Laroque, Stéphane De Groodt, Alice De Lencquesaing

Genre: Comedy

Un dimanche à Paris Available beginning February 16

(English ST)

Alain finds Marie, whom he still loves, but he is bothered by the presence, to say the least, of Nina, who never stops asking him for services.

Director: Hervé Duhamel (1994)

Cast: Emmanuelle Bach, Olivier Sitruk, Yannick Soulier

Genre: Dramedy

La fille et le garçon Available beginning February 16

(English ST)

A young Iranian immigrant is determined to figure out why her boyfriend lingers after work.

Director: Jean-Marie Besset (2023)

Cast: Arielle Dombasle, Aurélien Recoing, Louka Meliava

Genre: Drama

La stratégie de la poussette Available beginning February 16

(English ST)

 A man decides to use a child to win back the woman of his dreams.

Director: Clément Michel (2013)

Cast: Raphaël Personnaz, Jérôme Commandeur, Julie Ferrier

Genre: Comedy

Marie Louise ou la permission Available beginning February 23

(English ST)

A young woman is unable to find her boyfriend in a crowded Paris train station.

Director: Manuel Flèche (1995)

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Éric Ruf, Marie Cariès

Genre: Comedy

C’est mon homme Available beginning February 23

(English ST)

Julien Delaunay disappeared on a battlefield during the Great War. His wife, Julie, does not believe he is dead.

Director: Guillaume Bureau (2023)

Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Karim Leklou, Louise Bourgoin

Genre: Drama

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