This one sets off the big uh-oh alarm: It's a French, 19th-century period piece. Yikes, right? Well, wrong. Juliette Binoche stars as "Madame La," the wife of an army captain stationed on a foggy island off the shores of Canada. She befriends a convicted killer who is awaiting the arrival of a guillotine, and while he ticks off the time he becomes the town hero, helping widows and orphans and such. I know, it sounds totally cornball, but it works because the script is restrained enough to tone down the plot, and Daniel Auteuil as M. Le Capitaine (Madame La's husband) is unbelievably fabulous. Plus, you know, it's French, and we owe them so much, so we should at least go see their movies.
Director: Patrice Leconte
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica, Michel Duchaussoy, Yves Jacques and Maurice Chevit