French Cinema

France, the country where cinema was born, has given us some of the masters of cinema.

This collection includes classics and award-winning films from acknowledged greats and more recent auteurs, from Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard to Claire Denis and Céline Sciamma.

Read more Close
Rent for £4.50

Red IslandRed Island

Drama2023117 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

French writer-director Robin Campillo offers a searching exploration of memory and politics, in this boldly conceived story of boyhood in 1970s Madagascar.

Rent for £4.50

On the AdamantOn the Adamant

Documentary2022110 minsDirector: Nicolas Philibert

French master documentarist Nicolas Philibert takes an empathetic, celebratory in-depth look at a floating mental care centre and its regulars.

Rent for £3.50

120 BPM (Beats per Minute)120 BPM (Beats per Minute)

Drama2017143 minsDirector: Robin Campillo

Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of 1990s AIDS activism is a rousing, sensual and heart-breaking celebration of personal and political resistance.

Rent for £4.50

Anatomy of a FallAnatomy of a Fall

Crime2023152 minsDirector: Justine Triet

Justine Triet's gripping, Palme d'Or-winning psycho-thriller is deeply intelligent with a spellbinding performance from Sandra Hüller.

Rent for £4.50

The Taste of ThingsThe Taste of Things

Drama2023135 minsDirector: Trân Anh Hûng

Tran Anh Hùng directs Juliette Binoche in this delicious culinary romance that leaves no crumbs. Winner of the best director award at Cannes.

Rent for £3.50


Science Fiction2021108 minsDirector: Julia Ducournau

Agathe Rousselle makes a ferocious debut as a killer on the run, in Julia Ducournau’s electrifying techno-chiller and Palme d'Or winner.

Rent for £3.50


Drama2014113 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

Rent for £3.50

La SyndicalisteLa Syndicaliste

Drama2022122 minsDirector: Jean-Paul Salomé

Isabelle Huppert delivers a gripping performance in the true story of whistle-blower Maureen Kearney.

Rent for £4.50

Lie with MeLie with Me

Drama202298 minsDirector: Olivier Peyon

Olivier Peyon’s captivating drama finds an author experiencing powerful emotions as he looks back to his first, youthful love affair.

Rent for £3.50


Drama2015115 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard’s soul-stirring Palme d’Or winner tells of a veteran Tamil Tiger guerrilla who finds fresh violence in his new life in Paris.

Rent for £3.50

Rust and BoneRust and Bone

Drama2012123 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Rust and Bone is as punchy and abrasive as its title suggests – but intensely moving and surprisingly poetic too.

Rent for £3.50

A Prophet [Un prophète]A Prophet [Un prophète]

Crime2009156 minsDirector: Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard’s award-winning crime drama chronicles the rites of passage and eventual rise to power of a young French Arab. Tough, taut, truthful.

Rent for £2.50

Pierrot le FouPierrot le Fou

Crime1965110 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard’s stunning, colour widescreen account of the wild journey of ‘the last romantic couple’, Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his lover Marianne (Anna Karina).

Rent for £3.50

The InnocentThe Innocent

Comedy202298 minsDirector: Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel’s unique French comedy-heist-romantic-thriller comes loaded with charm and humour.

Rent for £4.50

After Blue (Dirty Paradise)After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

Fantasy2021129 minsDirector: Bertrand Mandico

A mother and daughter living in a post-apocalyptic future are sent to hunt down and kill an evil demon hell-bent on destruction.

Rent for £4.50

Both Sides of the BladeBoth Sides of the Blade

Drama2021117 minsDirector: Claire Denis

Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin, Claire Denis pairs Juliette Binoche with Vincent Lindon as long-term lovers whose domestic bliss is ripped apart when a figure from their past returns.

Rent for £3.50

Goodbye First LoveGoodbye First Love

Drama2011106 minsDirector: Mia Hansen-Løve

The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).

Rent for £3.50


Romance2019100 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs' utterly engaging romantic drama starring Isabelle Huppert as a celebrated actress who gathers her disparate family on an unexpectedly emotional retreat.

Rent for £3.50

Peter von KantPeter von Kant

Drama202284 minsDirector: François Ozon

François Ozon offers a gender-reversed reworking of a Fassbinder classic, with Denis Ménochet excelling in a brittle contemplation of the agonies of love and art.

Rent for £3.50


Drama2021100 minsDirector: Audrey Diwan

Audrey Diwan’s outstanding Venice Golden Lion winner could not be more timely or urgent.

Rent for £3.50

Les MisérablesLes Misérables

Thriller2019104 minsDirector: Ladj Ly

Ladj Ly’s extraordinary Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut obliterates the myth of cultural integration in France.

Rent for £3.50

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Drama201594 minsDirector: Eva Husson

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

Rent for £3.50


Drama201976 minsDirector: Quentin Dupieux

One man’s love for his designer jacket escalates to dangerous heights in what might just be the strangest serial killer film ever made.

Rent for £3.50


Drama200995 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner’s cool, compassionate exploration of religious faith follows various believers and non-believers hoping for miracle cures in Lourdes

Rent for £3.50

Blue is the Warmest ColourBlue is the Warmest Colour

Romance2013180 minsDirector: Abdel Kechiche

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

Rent for £3.50


Thriller201598 minsDirector: Alice Winocour

A broken soldier guards a tycoon's family in this involving thriller with hints of Taxi Driver, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.

Rent for £3.50

Three FloorsThree Floors

Drama2021121 minsDirector: Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti’s beautifully crafted melodrama charts the interconnected lives of the residents in an elegant apartment block in Rome.

Rent for £3.50

Goodbye to LanguageGoodbye to Language

Drama201470 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.

Rent for £3.50

Une femme est une femmeUne femme est une femme

Drama196184 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard’s colourful and exuberant tribute to the Hollywood musical, with Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy.

Rent for £3.50

Jeune & jolieJeune & jolie

Drama201393 mins

Francois Ozon’s sly and seductive account of teenage girl’s dalliance with high-class prostitution.

Rent for £3.50

Reinventing MarvinReinventing Marvin

Drama2017114 minsDirector: Anne Fontaine

A young gay man (Finnegan Oldfield ) flourishes under the tutelage of Isabelle Huppert's drama teacher, in this stirring drama from director Anne Fontaine (The Innocents).

Rent for £3.50


Drama201694 minsDirector: Xavier Legrand

Myriam (Drucker) has recently left husband Antoine (Ménochet). She doesn’t want her youngest, Julien (Gioria), to see a father she claims is violent. But the judge rules otherwise, and the boy becomes a pawn in a bitter parental conflict…

Rent for £3.50


Fantasy202177 minsDirector: Quentin Dupieux

When Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to train it in the hope of making a ton of cash.

Rent for £3.50

Napoléon Pt 1Napoléon Pt 1

Biopic1927177 minsSilentDirector: Abel Gance

Abel Gance’s silent epic, one of the most magnificent spectacles in all cinema is finally restored in this stunning new digital restoration.

Rent for £3.50

I Got Life!I Got Life!

Comedy201786 minsDirector: Blandine Lenoir

This heart-warming story of a grandmother who finds a new love and decides to start over is a hilarious and joyous ode to the female experience.

Rent for £3.50

The Velvet Queen: Snow LeopardThe Velvet Queen: Snow Leopard

Documentary202192 minsDirector: Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier

An adventurer and one of the world's most renowned wildlife photographers attempt to track the most elusive of big cats, in this stunning documentary scored by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave.

Rent for £3.50

My Journey through French CinemaMy Journey through French Cinema

Documentary2016193 minsDirector: Bertrand Tavernier

Director Bertrand Tavernier guides us on a fascinating voyage through French film history, from the 1930s through to the '70s.

Rent for £3.50

A Woman's LifeA Woman's Life

Drama2016119 minsDirector: Stéphane Brizé

Judith Chemla shines in this Guy de Maupassant adaptation, a tale spanning 20 years of a woman’s life.

More French cinema in our Subscription collection.