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New French movie channel available in the USA, TV5 Monde in Demand

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NORMAN, Okla. – The USA has finally a new provider of French movies. Besides Netflix that proposes several dozens of original French movies in its catalog, a new competitor is available since few months in the USA under the name TV5 Monde Cinema on Demand. But contrary to Netflix, one will need to pass through an operator such as Sling TV for online streaming or Dish Network for a cable reception.

First observation: TV5 Monde Cinema on Demand is limited to less than 40 movies (similar to Netflix). But the small quantity of movies is largely compensated by the quality proposed, partially renewed every month. Offering mostly old and unknown movies, the channel proposes auteur cinema selected in the most prestigious movie festivals such as among other the Seattle International Film Festival's French Cinema Now! and the Cannes Film Festival.

French cinema is inseparable to comedic style as the USA is to action movies and Iran to dramatic films. But only two comedies stand out in this selection, Open at Night (2016) written and directed by Édouard Baer, playing also the main role Luigi. The film tells the story of a director of a theater in Paris, manipulator, messy and without moral limit, who has one night to find a monkey to save the new show and the theater at the same time. The film is a laugh riot!

The second is a Belgium movie J’aurais voulu être un danseur (2007) by Alain Berliner recounting the story of a man who quit job and family to start is new passion, tap dancer. The story is more complex that is look at first, talking about the generational transmission of our parent’s secret.

The best part of this selection is definitively the numerous recent selections of drama movies; Chouf, One Night, The Eavesdropper and Paris la Blanche.

The movie Chouf (2016), it means "look" in Arabic, is for sure the most powerful film of all of them. Chouf which means also the name of the watchmen in the drug cartels of Marseille count the story of a student who came back to see his family in one of the poorest and dangerous places in Marseille, the ghetto of Busserine.

Unfortunately for Sofiane, his brother, a drug dealer, is killed during a firefight. From then, Sofiane thinks only about avenging his brother with the help of his friends.

The producer and writer Karim Dridi sign here a movie in the rough, not for the bleeding heart. But the performance is perhaps in the casting. To make the movie more realistic Dridi stayed during months in the ghetto learning directly at the contact of the drug syndicates. And most of the actors are amateurs mostly coming from various ghettos in Marseille.

To watch TV5 Monde Cinema on Demand one will still be required to pay $15 per month with Sling. For this price, it includes 30 channels with few other French channels (with no English subtitles) such as TV5 Monde Info, France 24 Info and TiVi5 Monde, a kids channel.

For one who likes to try, Sling offers one-week free trial via this link.

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