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TV5MONDE Program Highlights – October 2023

Film, Film Series

Étoiles sans lumière © Marcel Blistène / B.U.P. Française

October 1 - October 31, 2023

The international French-language network TV5 Monde is showing several fantastic programs in October. 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!

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Étoile sans lumière October 10 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus beginning October 4

Homage, 60 years since Édith Piaf & Jean Cocteau

(English ST)

1929. Stella Dora, star of the silent screen, fears for her career as talking films arrive. The decision’s been taken: her unattractive voice must be dubbed. Madeleine is chosen for her lilting tones. The new film is a hit but, left out of the limelight, the newcomer from province rebels…

Director: Marcel Blistène (France, 1946)

Cast: Édith Piaf, Mila Parely, Yves Montand, Serge Reggiani

Genre: Drama

Les enfants terribles October 17 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus beginning October 4

Homage, 60 years since Édith Piaf & Jean Cocteau

(English ST available on TV5MONDEplus)

Élisabeth and her brother Paul live cloistered in their large Parisian apartment. Absorbed by their mutual and exclusive affection, only two friends, Gérard and Agathe, are allowed into their bedroom, a world governed by symbols they alone understand. Élisabeth’s possessiveness towards her brother eventually leads to an irreparable tragedy…

Screenplay adapted from Jean Cocteau’s 1929 novel of the same name.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1950)

Cast: Nicole Stéphane, Édouard Dhermitte, Renée Cosima

Genre: Drama

Ma nuit October 22 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

(English ST)

Fleeing the family apartment and the anniversary of her sister’s death, 18-year-old Marion meets Alex, an impulsive young man and free spirit. Together, united in their personal solitude, they travel the streets of Paris until dawn’s early light.

Director: Antoinette Boulat (France, 2020)

Cast: Lou Lampros, Tom Mercier, Carmen Kassovitz, Emmanuelle Bercot

Genre: Drama

Awards: 2021 TIFF Official Selection, 2021 Venice Film Festival Audience Award Nominee

Petite sœur October 29 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT

(English ST)

After abandoning her career as a playwright to follow her husband to Switzerland, Lisa is distraught when her twin brother falls seriously ill. She moves heaven and earth to return to the stage, reconnecting with her Berlin roots and her dreams. A transfiguration that takes her marriage to the brink…

Director: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond (Switzerland, 2021)

Cast: Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, Marthe Keller

Genre: Drama

Awards: 2021 Swiss Film Prize Best Film Winner, 2021 Swiss Film Prize Best Performance in a Supporting Role Winner (Marthe Keller), 2021 Swiss Film Prize Best Screenplay Winner


Jeux d’influence Sundays, beginning October 15 at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

(French ST)

The marketing director of a multinational agrochemical company is discovered drowned in the Seine. This series explores the dangers of agricultural chemistry and the political battles between politicians, agricultural unions, agricultural cooperatives, and consultants of agricultural groups.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (France, 2018)

Cast: Alix Poisson, Laurent Stocker, Marie Dompnier, Pierre Perrier, Marilou Aussilloux

Genre: Drama, Thriller

La maison bleue October 18 at 12:15am ET/9:15pm PT; October 25 at 11:30pm ET/8:30pm PT

Season 2 premiere

Also streaming the TV5MONDEplus

(French ST)

In an alternative reality, Quebec has now become a republic. Jacques Hamelin, the president, has a lot on his hands. With his popularity rankings in free fall and Canada constantly putting a spanner in the works, the USA, in search of space and natural resources, wants to negotiate an alliance.

Director: Ricardo Trogi (Canada, 2021)

Cast: Guy Nadon, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Anyjeanne Savaria, Roger Léger, Geneviève Schmidt

Genre: Comedy


À la Vie, À la Terre-Suisse October 25 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Original documentary series, exclusive premiere

Previous series streaming TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)


Presenter: Chloé Nabédian (France, 2023)

Genre: Documentary

Sur la route des saveurs d’Afrique — October 11 at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)

Sacha Benitah is a journalist. For four months, he traveled 6,000 km across the Mediterranean by yacht, hitch-hiked across Morocco, rode across Mauritania aboard a goods train, and across Senegal by motorbike… An opportunity to discover new faces, picturesque places, and fascinating recipes.

Director: Sacha Benitah (France, 2021)

Genre: Documentary

Les maîtres du café — October 11 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)

A top-of-the-range product is revolutionizing the intimate world of coffee roasting: ”specialty coffee”. From the Finca Deborah in Panama, to the Finca Inmaculada in Colombia and the Plaine des Cafres on Réunion Island: we meet coffee growers with passion.

Director: Éric Bacos (France, 2022)

Genre: Documentary

Sur les murs — Mondays, starting October 16 at 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

Season 3 premiere

Previous seasons also streaming on TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)

For this third season, Richard Orlinski takes off to new destinations to meet street artists from all around the world. Join him for an immersive visit to the world of urban culture!

Director: Matthieu Valluet, Nathan Houée (France, 2023)

Host: Richard Orlinski

Genre: Documentary series

Les derniers humains — Fridays, starting October 6 at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

Also streaming on TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)

We discover the fascinating world of the Primitives, a tribe of Québécois survivalists pushing themselves to the limit.

Mathieu, the leader of the survivalist tribe, visits Sept-Îles for the first time, to attempt survival in a coastal environment. He is accompanied by his partner Geneviève. In a secret location, the Primitives prepare a group evacuation plan to prepare for natural or social disasters.

Director: Christian Lalumière (Canada, 2020)

Genre: Documentary series

TV5 Monde Plus


Un divan à New York (A Couch in New York) — Streaming beginning October 4

(English ST)

A burnt-out New York psychiatrist finds his practice taken over by the understanding Parisian woman with whom he swapped apartments.

Director: Chantal Akerman (Belgium, 1996)

Cast: Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Stephanie Buttle

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Entre les vagues — Streaming beginning October 4

(English ST)

Two best friends with dreams of becoming successful actresses get cast in a high-profile play in Paris, but one of them has a secret that could jeopardize everything.

Director: Anaïs Volpé (France, 2022)

Cast: Souheila Yacoub, Déborah Lukumuena, Matthieu Longatte

Genre: Drama

Awards: 2022 Riviera International Film Festival Student Jury Award Best Film Winner, Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2021 Prix du Jury Best Female French Director Winner

Maria Chapdelaine — Streaming beginning October 4

(English ST)

A farmer’s daughter faces a difficult choice between three vastly different suitors in early 1900s Quebec.

Director: Sébastien Pilote (Canada, 2021)

Cast: Sara Montpetit, Sébastien Ricard, Hélène Florent

Genre: Drama

Awards: 2022 Jutra Awards Best Supporting Actress Winner (Hélène Florent), Best Film Nominee, Best Director Nominee, Best Supporting Actor Nominee (Martin Dubreuil, Émile Schneider)


Virage — Streaming beginning October 4

Season Premiere

(English ST)

A Canadian sports drama anthology series, each season focuses on a professional athlete who is at a major crossroads. In season 1, a three-time Olympic medalist retires and decides to leave her spouse.

Director: Catherine Therrien (Canada, 2021)

Cast: Jeff Lemay, Juliette Gosselin, Charlotte Aubin

Genre: Drama, sports

Happy Halloween

5e RANG — Streaming beginning October 4

Season 2 Premiere

Season 1 also streaming on TV5MONDEplus

(English ST)

The eldest of five sisters and dedicated heir to the family farm, Marie-Luce’s world turns upside down after the death of her husband Guy, his body found half-eaten in the pig pen. A dramatic discovery that perturbs the tranquility of those closest to him and everyone living in Valmont.

Director: Myriam Verreault (Canada, 2020)

Cast: Maude Guérin, Martine Francke, Julie Beauchemin, Catherine Renaud, Ève Duranceau

Genre: Drama, thriller series

Terreur 404Now Streaming Seasons 1 & 2

(English ST)

404 is the internet code for pages that don’t exist, the threshold beyond which everyday life slips into a strange unknown world. In Terreur 404 our worst nightmares are brought to life by some our most commonplace technology.

Director: Sébastien Diaz (Canada, 2017)

Cast: Antoine Pilon, Karl Walcott, Guillaume Cyr

Genre: Thriller series

Je ne suis pas un robotNow streaming Season 1

Marie-Chantal works for Soulshine, an online content moderation centre. Unable to continue passively scrolling through all the horrors on her screen, she develops an obsession for a mysterious kitten killer.

Director: Mélanie Charbonneau (Canada, 2021)

Cast: Geneviève Schmidt, Leïla Donabelle Kaze, Nicolas Michon, Jade-Mariuka Robitaille

Genre: Comedy, thriller series

AnomaliaNow streaming Season 1

A young brain surgeon returns to live in the region she grew up in. But strange things start happening, and she gradually becomes aware of her healing powers.       

Director: Pierre Monnard (Switzerland, 2016)

Cast: Natacha Régnier, Didier Bezace, Isabelle Caillat

Genre: Drama, fantasy series

Ennemi public — Now streaming Seasons 1 & 2

A child murderer released on parole, Guy Béranger is welcomed by the monks of the abbey of Vielsart, a quiet little village in the Ardennes. He is placed under the protection of Chloé Muller, a young federal police inspector, convinced that, sooner or later, the former criminal will re-offend.

Director: Gary Seghers, Matthieu Frances, Gilles de Voghel (France, 2019)

Cast: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Jean-Jacques Rausin, Clément Manuel, Angelo Bison, Philippe Jeusette

Genre: Thriller series

L’ennemiNow streaming

(English ST)

A famous politician is accused of having killed his wife, whose body was found one night in their hotel room. Is he guilty or innocent? No-one knows. Maybe not even himself…

Director: Stephan Streker (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, 2020)

Cast: Jérémie Rénier, Alma Jodorowsky, Emmanuelle Bercot

Genre: Crime, drama film

Awards: 2020 Ghent International Film Festival Best Film Nominee

TV5 Monde Cinema

Theme: Classic French sword fighting films

Il faut vivre dangereusement — Available beginning September 1

A private detective tries, on behalf of a German Ritter, to collect evidence of his wife’s infidelity.

Director: Claude Makovski (1975)

Cast: Annie Girardot, Claude Brasseur, Sydne Rome

Genre: Comedy

Lagardère — Available beginning October 6

An expert swordsman discovers a plot to assassinate the Duke of Nevers.

Director: Jean-Pierre Decourt (1967)

Cast: Jean Piat, Nadine Alari, Jacques Dufilho

Genre: Action

Les 3 Mousquetaires: 1ère Epoque – Les Ferrets de la Reine — Available beginning October 6

(English ST)

In the 17th century, a young D’Artagnan does whatever it takes to join the Musketeers.

Director: Bernard Borderie (1961)

Cast: Gérard Barray, Mylène Demongeot, Georges Descrières

Genre: Action

Les 3 Mousquetaires: 2ème Epoque – La Vengeance de Milady — Available beginning October 6

(English ST)

Milady de Winter avenges her defeat by kidnaping D’Artagnan and Constance, to start a war between the French and the English.

Director: Bernard Borderie (1961)

Cast: Gérad Barray, Mylène Demongeot, Perrette Pradier

Genre: Action

Cadet Rousselle — Available beginning October 13

(English ST)

During the Revolution, a sympathetic yet poor Cadet lives three adventures.

Director: André Hunebelle (1954)

Cast: François Périer, Bourvil, Dany Robin

Genre: Action

Le Bossu — Available beginning October 13

(English ST)

Prince Philippe de Gonzague decides to get rid of his cousin Duke Philippe de Nevers to take his property and wealth.

Director: André Hunebelle (1959)

Cast: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Jean Le Poulain

Genre: Action

Le Capitan — Available beginning October 20

(English ST)

Concino Concini, the Italian minister of Louis XIII and a favorite of the queen-mother, conspires to eliminate the sovereign.  

Director: André Hunebelle (1960)

Cast: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Elsa Martinelli

Genre: Action

Nez de cuir, gentilhomme d’amour — Available beginning October 20

In 1814, a handsome man is cruelly injured in the face, forcing him to hide behind a leather mask.

Director: Yves Allegret (1952)

Cast: François Christophe, Jean Marais, Jean Debucourt

Genre: Action

Miracle des loups — Available beginning October 20

Angered by Louis XI’s refusal to grant him the hand of Countess Jeanne de Beauvais, the Duke of Burgundy decides to kidnap her.

Director: André Hunebelle (1961)

Cast: Jean Marais, Rossana Schiaffino, Roger Hanin

Genre: Action

La bonne épouse — Available beginning October 27

(English ST)

The owner of a housekeeping school for teenage girls in 1968 discovers they are on the verge of bankruptcy and starts questioning the traditional ways.

Director: Martin Provost (2019)

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky

Genre: Comedy

Tant pis pour le sud — Available beginning October 27

(English ST)

Six friends in their thirties leave their wives and children for a week to relive their first vacation together.

Director: Vincent Orst (2022)

Cast: Cédrick Spinassou, Alex Blanchard, Lofti Zarouel

Genre: Comedy

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