So here's the list of the films that we watched. Well, some of them: in the interest of brevity, I excluded the documentaries and short films that we watched, and instead I'm including only the narrative features.
A Short Film about Love (dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
An expanded version of the sixth chapter of his epic television series The Decalogue, A Short Film about Love finds Polish master filmmaker Kieslowski doing his best Rear Window interpretation. Postal worker Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko) spies on a promiscuous older woman, Magda (Grazyna Szapolowska), and falls in love with her. When she does not reciprocate his feelings, however, events spiral out of control. The dynamics of Tomek's and Magda's relationship are more than a little questionable (it's essentially stalker-stalked), which makes the film's final act discomforting. Kieslowski's direction, however, surprisingly makes it work, and hints at the greater films he would make toward the end of his career. On it's own, however, this film is more of a curio than anything else.
In the Realm of the Senses (dir. Nagisa Ôshima, 1976)
More after the jump.
Last Tango in Paris (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
Going Places (dir. Bertrand Blier, 1974)
There was no hotter star in France in the 1970s than Gérard Depardieu, and his willingness to lend his talent to smaller arthouse films was a hallmark of his erotic screen presence. Going Places (the original French title, Les Valseuses, is a slang term for testicles) finds him wrecking havoc with Patrick Dewaere as Jean-Claude and Pierrot, respectively, two men determined to have a good time at any cost. This means sexually harassing old ladies, stealing cars, and generally causing mischief, eventually joined by Marie-Ange (Miou-Miou), a woman incapable of having an orgasm. There's an anarchic tone to the film as a whole, but a brief sequence in which the men seduce an older woman (Jeanne Moreau), reveals the deep cynicism at the film's heart. What appears to be a gleeful romp of a film turns out to be more of an existential crisis.
Dog Days (dir. Ulrich Seidl, 2001)
Irréversible (dir. Gaspar Noé, 2002)
Baise-moi (dirs. Virginie Despentes & Coralie, 2000)
Taxi zum Klo (dir. Frank Ripploh, 1980)
Betty Blue (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986)
Romance (dir. Catherine Brellait, 1999)
Fat Girl (dir. Catherine Brellait, 2001)