As I'm learning French I thought I'd share a list of films that I'm currently making my through:
Any recommendations just let me know
Definitely some good ones on that list. Amélie's one of my all-time favorites (of any language). Intouchables is excellent, I'm betting you'll be thinking about that one for a couple days after you see it.
I recommend adding The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon). Powerful stuff. I also liked Romantics Anonymous (Les émotifs anonymes) a lot, but mostly because I'm an introvert and could relate to the characters. Might not be your cup of tea!
Thanks, loved Intouchables - such a great film. Took me by surprise! Will check out those others too, they sound interesting.
Sounds like a good list - I would probably recommend Entre les murs (the class) and Jean de florette.
Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!
Fantastic movie, featured during the French Alliance film festival in Sydney
Le gendarme de Saint Tropez and nearly any movies with Louis de Funes, Pierre Richard or Gerard Depardieu. Those are genuinely funny, a little slapstick maybe but almost completely free of bawdy jokes or toilet humor.
You reminded me of a great Pierre Richard movie: Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe). Hilarious spy/surveillance satire.
No City of Lost Children? You seem to be a Jeunet fan (Amelie, Micmacs, Delicatessen), so that seems like an obvious choice. Weird, creepy, and wonderful.
Some classic French films I love:
--Le salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear), by Clouzot; incredibly tense film about a bunch of guys trying to drive truckloads of nitroglycerine over terrible mountain roads in Venezuela. (ETA: starring a very young Yves Montand.)
--Armee des Ombres (Army of Shadows), by Melville; fictional film about the French Resistance (but a lot of the detail is taken from real experiences, including the director's own). Absolutely flawless film.
--Battle of Algiers, by Pontecorvo (but it's French-language); insurgency and counter-insurgency in Algeria. The Pentagon screened this as an instructive film in the early days of the Iraq occupation (I'm not sure anybody learned anything, but no fault of the film).
I have seen The Battle Of Algiers! It is one of the two French films I saw at University. The other was Lacombe Lucien about a young man who ends up part of a sort of French Gestapo in Vichy France. They were a rag tag unprofessional bunch. But he falls in love with a girl who is either Jewish or her father is in the resistance. It is a while since I saw it. I remember it was good though. Algiers on the other hand was very realistic in its portrayal of the battle.
A big vote for an oft-overlooked gem from 1991: "Toto le héros." Also features Charles Trenet's earworm song "Boum".
Great show! Also watch "The Tunnel" which is a split English/French show, an english remake of "The Bridge". Another awesome show is Braquo, basically a French version of The Shield. I also need to get into "Spiral" which I've heard is very good.
For fans of Amelie, I have to mention À la folie...pas du tout, a film Audrey Tautou did soon afterwards and which sort of plays with the concept of Amelie (otherwise, avoid spoilers).
Mentioned above the hitchcockian thrillers Le boucher (by Chabrol) and Les diaboliques, and yes, Le salaire de la peur is a wonderful film but nerve-racking. Le corbeau is also a nice thriller by Clouzot (I really should watch more films by him, all I have seen of him has been great). Robert Bresson is a bit on-off for me, I did like Un condamné à mort s'est échappé a lot (and it also does tense well) but not so much couple of other films I have seen by him...
I've been watching some older films which are not really what you have been watching but anyway...Max Ophuls did some wonderful period pieces in 40s and 50s (Madame de..., Le plaisir, La ronde), and La règle du jeu by Renoir is of course a classic, and again I should watch some Cocteau and Carne and Clair and whoelse... Then there is of course Nouvelle vague. Jacques Demy is my favourite (Les parapluies de Cherbourg, Les demoiselles de Rochefort, Peau d'âne, Lola) but Resnais (L'année dernière à Marienbad, Hiroshima mon amour), Godard (À bout de souffle, Une femme est une femme, Le mépris) and Truffaut (Les quatre cent coups, La mariée était en noir) have their moments.
Of the new directors I have been liking Francois Ozon quite a lot, 8 femmes is probably my favourite but Swimming Pool, Le temps qui reste and 5x2 were good too.
But so many supposedly great films I am yet to see...
What kind of movies do you like? Tell me American movies you liked, and I'll try to give you recommendations.
A mix really, here's a link to films I've rated highly but definitely open to suggestions. http://letterboxd.com/james_fairhurst/films/by/rating/
Il y en a beaucoup que je n'ai même pas vu, mais voici un très bon site qui donne des critiques de film, à la fois par les spectateurs, et pas les journalistes de la presse spécialisée, tu peux le trouver ici: http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm-6649/critiques/
I really liked 'The Finishers' which was recently released and 'On Air' and 'Odette Toulemonde'. The last two more because they speak a bit slower and more clearly so I found I could understand a bit more dialogue. I recently saw Chinese Puzzle on the plane (Audrey Tatou from Amelie) and it was quite good also.
I highly recommend 'Belle de Jour' and 'A Bout De Souffle' if you haven't seen them already. Two classics that happen to be favourites of mine.
Nice mix of genres. I only had a couple of those on my list; happy to add more. Thanks!
La Belle et La Bête - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast_(1946_film) - has always been a favorite of mine from back when I was first in French class (20+ years ago).
Anyone have any good scary French films to rec? Preferably ghost-type, not Saw-type.
I've seen couple of Hitchcock-type thrillers, Le boucher by Chabrol and Les diaboliques by Clouzot, though those are more tense than scary (and Clouzot knows how to do tense, watching Le salaire de la peur is almost torture). Haven't seen any French horror films though (unless you count some Méliès shorts from 1900s).
Those sound good, thanks. Always was a Hitchcock fan. I'll have to look around to see what I can find. If I come up with anything I'll post it here.