What are some good movies in French?
Anyone know of some good french movies? I'm trying to learn the accent so I can pronounce the words a little better. I've heard one of the best ways to do so is by watching movies in whatever language you're learning.
I love watching mysteries, musicals, old tv shows, action, and comedy, preferably rated PG-13 or less. If you know of any good ones in french please let me know. Even if they don't fit into one of those categories, still let me know.
There's a movie called Happenstance (original: Le battement d'ailes du papillon; The beating of the butterfly's wings) with Audrey Tatou. It is completely adorable. Of course "Paris, Je t'aime", as well!
"Au Revoir, les Enfants" is a good movie about a Jewish boy hiding from the Nazis in a French boarding school.
"Huis Clos" is a cool play that has been made into several film adaptations. It's about three people trapped in Hell, where Hell takes the form of being stuck in a 19th century drawing room with strangers for all eternity.
(Can you tell my knowledge of French Cinema consists of required viewing from my old high school French days)
Taking a different approach, it can be fun to watch well-known English language movies dubbed in French, such as the "Wizard of Oz" or "Back to the Future". Obviously, they have nothing to offer in the way of insight into French Culture, but the familiar plots make the dialogue easy to follow, and it'll help you pick up French vocabulary.
If you don't mind older movies then you might like Le charme discret de la bourgeosie by Luis Bunuel, Les quatre cents coups by Truffaut and Hiroshima mon Amour by Alain Resnais. Jean Luc Godard might be a bit boring but I enjoyed Le Petit Soldat, Breathless and Pierrot Le Fou.
Another great director is Rene Laloux if you're into animated movies. Time masters and Le Planete Sauvage are some of the best imo.
I second Le Planète Sauvage! Watched that as a child (but in English) and it was very surreal and stuck with me until adulthood - when I was able to find it again! J'aime bien ça!
I recently watched a ton of French films to prepare for a proficiency exam. I highly recommend the following: -A Very Long Engagement (which is by the same director as Amélie, however it does have a good amount of violence from the war scenes so it is not PG-13, but I actually prefer it to Amélie) -Les Choristes (on Netflix, this is an older film, very sweet) -24 Days (Based on the true story of Ilan Hallimi--difficult to watch, but also a must-see) -Also, many Disney movies have a French audio track, my personal faves are Finding Nemo, Brave, and Tangled. The Tinkerbell movies too.
There are so many good movies out there... You just have to pick a genre.
"Amélie" is quite good and entertaining but they don't speak much in it. "Ratatouille" (not French but it's in Paris and you can find it with French voices) is quite easy to follow and wonderfully made. They do not speak as fast as in other movies where they have more of a slang.
"Amour" is dramatic and you'll fear aging after watching it, but it's very powerful.
If you want comedies, you should definitely watch "Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?".
I've watched more but I can't recall the names.
Thank you! I actually have "Ratatouille" on DVD and I love that movie, so I will definitely check the others out :)
Populaire (rom com) is on Netflix and it's a cute movie. Also my favorites are Les Visiteurs and Diner de Cons (comedies, both which happen to have English remakes)
This site looks really good for films but I did notice that the subtitles are not the same as the words (at least in Frozen)
Populaire is really good. It takes place in the 50's and is about a woman who enters speed typewriting tournaments.