• Among the great French titles streaming this month on SBS On Demand is the great mystery drama The Disappearance. (SBS)Source: SBS
To coincide with the Tour De France, this July we’re celebrating all things French with a magnifique collection of sport, food, drama and movies on SBS On Demand
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SBS Guide

30 Jun 2017 - 9:51 AM  UPDATED 11 Jul 2017 - 4:20 PM

Across the month of July we are getting into the spirit of the Tour de France by celebrating all things French on SBS On Demand. Along with coverage of the world's premier cycling event, you will also enjoy award-winning, critically acclaimed French cinema starring all the big names, along with creepy, mysterious and thrilling French crime drama series box sets to keep you on the edge of your seat.

For just a taste of what you can expect:

SPORT

Exclusive streaming coverage of the world’s greatest cycling race, with every stage of the Tour de France streamed live in full.

FOOD

Sumptuous food and travel series from the country that gave gastronomy to the world. Highlights include:

RICK STEIN’S FRENCH ODYSSEY [Starts 3/7]
The beloved English chef and restaurateur takes a mouth-watering trip along the rivers of southern France, sampling the gorgeous local produce along the way. Look for classic French food and wine, rustic regional cafés and markets, and a grab of Rick on his barge ‘Rosa’.

BON APPETIT WITH GERARD DEPARDIEU [Starts 13/7]
Join Gerard through beautiful regional countryside, the finest food and the best of friendships in his ultimate culinary quest through Eruope.

TASTE LE TOUR WITH GABRIEL GATE [Starts 1/7]
This cycling season, French chef Gabriel Gaté is tracing the Tour de France's 21 stages throughout the Netherlands and France. Visiting fromagers, pâtissiers, oyster farmers and artisans, Gabriel learns about the local produce before cooking classic French cuisine.

TV DRAMAS

Creepy, mysterious and thrilling crime drama box sets to keep you on the edge of your seat.

THE DISAPPEARANCE
A glossy yet engrossing abduction mystery that ticks off all the Gallic clichés - glamorous stars, constant infidelities and a father who runs a classic French restaurant – while offering so many twists the Guardian described it as “like playing Twister in a tornado”.

WITNESSES 
This thrilling French drama based in the North of France follows female detective, Sandra Winckler, who is investigating a wave of strange murders that are linked to a former crime squad legend, Paul Maisonneuve; a man who is now retired but forced to return to duty. Desecrated graves, dead bodies dug up and left in model homes and every time, the same ritual: a woman, a man, a teenager, who weren't related but who form a new family.

SPIRAL
A young woman is found brutally murdered and dumped in a skip. Leading the investigation is young public prosecutor Pierre Clement, who teams up with no-nonsense police captain Laure Berthaud and investigating magistrate Judge Roban. Together, they must establish the identity of the victim and get to the perpetrators while navigating a tangled web of political intrigue, prostitution and drugs - each with a different vision of justice, each with their own personal demons.

PARIS
Engrossing French mini-series featuring political corruption, love affairs and blackmail, all in one 24-hour period in the City of Light, as the lives of diverse characters from a cross-section of Parisian society intersect each other.

MOVIES

The Flight of The Red Balloon (2007)
Oscar winner Juliette Binoche gives a career-best performance in this gorgeous ode to both its Paris location and the history of French cinema. All about Juliette, the iconic floating red balloon, and Paris itself.

Leon: The Professional (1994)
Jean Reno plays an assassin with an unlikely protégé in the form of a 12-year-old girl (Natalie Portman) in this Luc Besson classic. Jean Reno wielding a monster pistol in John Lennon glasses and beanie is instantly recognisable.

Paris Je T'aime (2006)
Through the neighbourhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. A series of five minute stories from 20 internationally-renowned filmmakers illustrate the various styles, genres, encounters and lifestyles of Paris' arrondissements. Directed by a pleiad of filmmakers including Wes Craven, Ethan and Joel Coen and Gus Van Sant, and stars Natalie Portman, Steve Buscemi and Maggie Gyllenhaal. 

Amour (2012)
Georges and Anne are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter lives in Britain with her family. When Anne has a stroke, George and his daughter's love for their mother is tested by her decline. Winner of the Palme d'Or. Directed by Michael Haneke and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert.

Watch the Tour de France from July 1 - 23, nightly on SBS. TV start times vary, but most stages kick off from 8:30pm. 

Catch up on the overnight action with hour-long highlights each morning at 7am and again at 5pm on SBS. There will also be stage replays from 1pm on SBS and 3pm on SBS VICELAND.

For more detail on how to watch, go here.

Head to Cycling Central for the latest Tour de France 2017 news, video highlights and more.

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