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TV5MONDE Program Highlights - May 2021

Image: "Sibyl" by Justine Triet

This month, immerse yourself in French culture with the TV5MONDE programming. In addition to offering premium films, the program includes several heartwarming comedies, a chance to discover new series, fun-filled variety shows, and engaging documentaries. 


Plaire, aimer et courir vite—May 9 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT
Palme d’Or Nominee and Queer Palm Nominee | Cannes Film Festival 2018

In the 1990s, Arthur, a student in Rennes, left everything to join Jacques in Paris. The two men have just met, they are very in love. But time is running out: Jacques is dying of AIDS. That summer will remain forever etched in Arthur’s memory.

Director: Christophe Honoré (France 2017)
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès

Chocolat—May 11 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Palme d’Or | Cannes Film Festival 1988

The life of a French family in a far-flung province of Cameroon shortly before the country's independence. A crash landing by a plane shatters the deceptive harmony of this cosy little paradise.

Director: Claire Denis (France, Germany, Cameroon 1988)
Cast: François Cluzet, Isaach de Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, Mireille Perrier, Cécile Ducasse
Genre: Dramatic Comedy

La loi du marché—May 13 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT
Palme d’Or Nominee, Winner Best Actor, Ecumenical Jury Prize | Cannes Film Festival 2015

51-year-old Thierry is unemployed. Between pointless re-training and repeated humiliations, times are more than difficult. Together with his wife, he tries to keep what's most important: their apartment and the education of their disabled son. He finally manages to get a job as a security guard in a supermarket.

Director: Stéphane Brizé (France 2014)
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Yves Ory, Karine de Mirbeck, Xavier Mathieu

En liberté !—May 16 at 8:40 pm ET/5:40 pm PT

SACD Prize | Cannes Film Festival 2018

Yvonne discovers that her late husband, Captain Santi, was not the courageous and honest cop she believed but a real dirty cop. Determined to repair the wrongs committed by her son’s father, she crossed paths with Antoine, unjustly imprisoned by Santi for eight long years.

Director: Pierre Salvadori (France 2016)

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Vincent Elbaz, Audrey Tautou

La belle et la meute—May 20 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Un Certain Regard Nominee | Cannes Film Festival 2017

During a student party in Tunis, 21 year-old Mariam is raped by police officers. Whether at the hospitals or the police stations, she will have to fight for her rights and her dignity to be respected. But how to obtain justice when it lies on the side of the tormentors?

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden 2017)
Cast: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomane Hamda
Genre: Drama

Sibyl—May 23 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Palme d’Or Nominee | Cannes Film Festival 2019

Sibyl, a novelist who retrained as a psychotherapist ten years ago, is overwhelmed by a desire to write again. As she seeks inspiration for her book, Margot, a young actress in difficulty, pleads for an appointment. Her patient's words inspire her novel and immerse her in her own tumultuous past.

Director: Justine Triet (France 2019)
Cast: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Laure Calamy


Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice—May 2 at 8:40 pm ET/5:40 pm PT

Thirty-year-old Alice embarks as engineer on the Fidelio. Aboard she learns that the man she's replacing has just died and that Gaël, her first great love, captains the vessel. She also finds a notebook left by her predecessor, describing the problems of a ship far from up to standard.

Director: Lucie Borleteau (France 2014)
Cast: Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie

Poissonsexe—May 30 at 8:40 pm ET/5:40 pm PT 

With ocean wildlife on the edge of extinction, Daniel, a timid but obstinate biologist, tries to give fish back their desire to breed. Perhaps because he's haunted by his own desire for fatherhood. One morning, saving a strange fish with legs from drowning, he makes an unexpected encounter!

Director: Olivier Babinet (France, Belgium 2019)
Cast: Gustave Kervern, India Hair, Ellen Dorrit Petersen 


Unité 42, Season 1—May 2 at 11:05 pm ET/8:05 pm PT

Several women have been found dead, naked in front of their computer screens. That their internet systems have been unplugged gives the impression they were victims of a cyber- attack. Sam and Billie need to stop the serial killer before even more deaths occur.

Director: Indra Siera, Roel Mondelaers, Hendrik Moonen (France, Belgium 2017)

Cast: Patrick Ridremont, Constance Gay, Tom Audenaert, Roda Fawaz, Danitza Athanassiadis

Amours à mort—May 7 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Gilles Thouvenin's body has been found in the former grounds of the Uckange blast furnace. Police Captain Clément Morel investigates with the help of Laure, the victim's daughter and specialist in industrial history. They know one another from childhood.

Director: Olivier Barma (France 2018)
Cast: Jérôme Robart, Jeanne Bournaud, Sam Karmann, Jean-Pierre Malo, Marie Narbonne, Nicole Gueden
Genre: Thriller (TV Film)

Ramdam—May 9 at 1:35 am ET/10:35 pm PT 

Amine hasn't talked to his father Rachid for years. Returning to Saint-Marsain, where he grew up, Amine learns that Rachid, local rugby club president, wants to turn the mosque into a discotheque for his players. Against the project, he confronts his father, ready, if necessary, to become the village imam.

Director: Zangro (France 2019)
Cast: Lyes Salem, Djemel Barek, Yamin Dib, Sid Ahmed Agoumi, Rabah Loucif 

De l’autre côté—May 14 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT (English ST)

Haut-Doubs. An apprentice at the watchmaking school is found dead at the foot of a cliff. Suicide? Jeanne Keller, chief education advisor, thinks not. With her friend Alice, a police officer, she leads an investigation that takes them across the Swiss border, to the heart of the global watchmaking industry.

Director: Didier Bivel (France 2019)
Cast: Alix Poisson, Tiphaine Daviot, Luna Lou, Thomas Doret, Gaspard Meier, Éric Savin, Marc Duret, Nathalie Boutefeu
Genre: Drama (TV Film)


Les nouveaux nomades—May 3 at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT 

From the Mediterranean coast to the Alpine peaks, the banks of the Loire to the shores of the Atlantic and the Pyrenees to the heart of Paris, the new nomads lead us on an exploration of their region, far from the beaten track, to meet those with a real passion.

Je ne suis pas vivant mais poète—May 5 at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT 

Describing himself as a damaged man in a damaged world, he wrote to bring a touch of magic to life. His satirical texts, full of hope, used exaggeration and disjointed language. Portrait of the Congolese novelist, playwright and poet Sony Labou Tansi, who died in 1995.

Director: Julie Peghini (France 2018)

Enquêtes de région—May 10 at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT

For the French today, environmental protection is their foremost preoccupation. Baptiste Morel meets these new ecologists who want to save the planet. Whether they are activists, young graduates or restaurant-owners, they all dream of a better world. Who are they? Investigations on digital pollution, Extinction Rebellion and the kitchen revolution.

Director: Ybao Benedetti (France 2020) Presenter: Baptiste Morel


Tour de La Provence 2021—May 2 at 7:05 pm ET/4:05 pm PT

A look back at the highlights from the 6th Tour de La Provence, held from 11 to 14 February 2021. Four stages, from Aubagne to Salon-de-Provence, a route that covered a total of 633 kilometers.


This May, revisit film festival favorites with a lineup showcasing exceptional films featured at the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and more! Check out the award-winning documentary L'apprenti, a heartwarming story of a teen who discovers the meaning of family while participating in a work-study program, or tune in for Comme des garçons, a comedy about the creation of France's first women's soccer team, featured at the L'Alpe d'Huez Film Festival.

5x2—available beginning May 7
Golden Lion Nominee, Pasinetti Award - Best Actress | Venice Film Festival 2004

As a young couple prepares to formally separate, they reflect on five chapters of their life together, from the beginning of their relationship to the beginning of their end.

Director: François Ozon (2003)
Cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Géraldine Pailhas 

Rêves de jeunesse—available beginning May 7

ACID | Cannes Film Festival 2019

When Salomé takes a summer job at a junkyard, her rebellious past catches up with her. She meets old and new friends who share her sorrows, as well as her desire for a new life.

Director: Alain Raoust (2019)
Cast: Salomé Richard, Yoann Zimmer, Estelle Meyer 

L’apprenti—available beginning May 7
International Critics’ Week Winner, Doc/It Award Winner | Venice Film Festival 2008 

15-year-old Mathieu takes a work-study apprenticeship at a small dairy farm, and eventually integrates himself into the family, learning lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom and finding the father he never had.

Director: Samuel Collardey (2008)

Cast: Mathieu Bulle, Paul Barbier

Genre: Documentary

Mobile Home—available beginning May 14
Golden Leopard Nominee, Junior Jury Award Nominee | Locarno International Film Festival 2012 (English ST)

After losing his job and his girlfriend, Simon returns to his hometown and reunites with his old friend, Julien. The two decide to revive their childhood dream of investing in a mobile home and setting off on an adventure.

Director: François Pirot (2012)
Cast: Arthur Dupont, Guillaume Gouix, Jackie Berroyer

Orly—available beginning May 21

Berlin International Film Festival 2010 (English ST)

At Orly Airport in Paris, four strangers grappling with their own issues develop a connection as they reveal secrets to each other while waiting for their flights.

Director: Angela Schanelec (2009)
Cast: Natacha Régnier, Bruno Todeschini, Mireille Perrier 

Qui vive—available beginning May 21

ACID | Cannes Film Festival 2014 (English ST)

While studying for an entrance exam, Chérif takes a job as a security guard. At work, a group of teenagers constantly harasses him, and Chérif soon finds himself caught up in a robbery, struggling to find a way out.

Director: Marianne Tardieu (2014)
Cast: Reda Kated, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Moussa Mansaly 

Laissez-passer—available beginning May 21
Silver Bear Winner, Golden Bear Nominee | Berlin International Film Festival 2002 (English ST)

In occupied France, the German film company, Continental, controls the business. An assistant director tries to fight for the Resistance by working at Continental, while a screenwriter prefers to fight from outside the system.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier (2000)
Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Marie Desgranges 

Comme des garçons—available beginning May 28

L’Alpe d’Huez Film Festival 2018

Reims, 1969. To spite his boss, Paul Coutard, a womanizer and sports reporter, puts together a women’s soccer team for his newspaper’s annual charity fair and inadvertently creates the first women’s team in France.

Director: Julien Hallard (2017)
Cast: Max Boublil, Vanessa Guide, Bruno Lochet

La dernière vie de Simon—available beginning May 28

Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer 2020 

Simon, a young orphan, discovers that he has a special ability to take on the appearance of anyone he touches and decides to use his power to find himself the family that he has always wanted.

Director: Léo Karmann (2019)
Cast: Benjamin Voisin, Martin Karmann, Camille Claris

All movies are in French with English subtitles.

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