What are your favourite French films?
I'm looking to watch some to improve my French listening. :-)
- Jeux d'enfants
- Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas
- Un long dimanche de fiançailles
- Ne le dis à personne
- Starbuck (well, technically it's Québécois)
- La vie en rose
- Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
I love the movies of François Truffaut.
- Tirez sur le pianiste
- La nuit américaine
- Vivement Dimanche!
Je ne l'ai pas encore regardé beaucoup de films, mais je vraiment aimé "Le Scaphandre et le papillon" et "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain"
Je ne l'ai pas regardé français de films, ceci est mon premier! (I hope that was right).
My favourite French film is "Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre", it's the best Asterix and Obelix film in my opinion, and it's very funny!
"Amélie" is such a classic and definitely a must-see (I think someone already mentioned it). I watched one for a French class called "Welcome" (title in English, whole movie in French) about a refugee trying to get from Calais to London via the English channel--a great film, really heartbreaking, and was on my mind recently what with the recent increase of people trying to cross over to Britain from Calais (so you get some really relevant French cultural information, too). Scrolling through Netflix, "Tomboy" has been added--watched that one in high school--it's also very good and like, absolutely heartbreaking. I tried to find this romantic comedy I watched a while back on Netflix mais il semble qu'il a disparu ! So... one happy film and two less happy films. Enjoy!
- A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson)
- Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle)
- And God Created Woman (Roger Vadim)
- Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)
- The Lovers (Louis Malle)
- The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir)
- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
Some good recent ones:
Some excellent thrillers:
Contrary to many, I absolutely hate "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain"! Its excessively twee style is very heavy-handed. It's so saccharine-sweet it's unbearable. I'm picturing that poster of Audrey Tautou holding a spoon now. Eurgh. It's worth watching anyway I guess as it's so widely available outside France. I also recommend checking out some of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's other films such as "Delicatessen" and "La cité des enfants perdus".
I think the "OSS 117" films are very good. Jean Dujardin is perfect for his character in this film.
"Le Petit Nicolas" is quite funny. As it's a family film the language is not too difficult for beginners. The following "Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas" was not as good.
"Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!" is very good. (As an aside: Guillaume Gallienne has an absolutely impeccable English accent. Most native English speakers do not speak so eloquently! I thought I'd mention it for any non-native English speakers. If you watch this youtube video see if you can tell the difference between Pierre Niney (on the left) who speaks fluent English, but with an obvious accent, versus Guillaume (on the right).
Wow, he sounds very English! If I didn't know he was French I would immediately think he was from England. Do you think he got that accent through learning English in England? I ask that because I know of a French youtuber who has an English accent but didn't learn it in the UK. Anyway, merci beaucoup!
I believe that he attended a boarding school in England in his youth (I think in his early teens). Perhaps he accent training for his acting? Whatever the origin, it's a lovely accent.
I wonder how he sounds when speaking French? (I'm not good enough yet to understand).
hello, violetpaw first of all thank you for opening this topic, and i would like to say thanks to others who commented. because i also want to watch good french movies.
My favorite french movie is by far les choristes. It has an oscar nomination in 2005, in the foreign film category, i think mar adentro a very good spanish movie won the oscar in that year. It is a very simple and heartwarming movie. I watched it four or five times and even memorized some of the dialogues, also the music is excellent.
My second favorite is Persepolis. This animation is nominated for the oscar in 2008.
I also hate Amelie. And although i do not like romantic comedies, i watched Les émotifs anonymes in this year. Also it is a simple and beautiful movie.
Like mynameisrichard, i like the movie "Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!" Its plot is interesting and very different.
I didn't know Persepolis was turned into an animated film. I read the graphic novel a few months ago and thought it was amazing. I can't wait to watch it! Thanks for recommending it.
De rien. I also think that it is an amazing movie. In addition to an oscar nomination, it received an award in Cannes Film Festival. Since the scenerio is wonderful, i downloaded its french subtitles and studied them. I learned a lot of new vocabulary.
Today i also remembered an another movie. Entre Les Murs. It received Palme D'or in Cannes in 2010. The movie is similar to a documentary. It is about a french teacher who struggles to teach french to the students who have different ethnic origins. I recommend this film to everyone who tries to learn french.
Thank you for your suggestions Okana. I'm quite interested in Persepolis seeing as it's animated. :-)
I agree as well on Amélie and I would add "Les Visiteurs". It should also be enjoyable for non-French speakers if you are watching it with someone who is not learning the language.
Some of the more recent ones I've seen and enjoyed are:
The Intouchables - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/
Amélie - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/
Mesrine (Part 1) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259014/
Mesrine (Part 2) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411272/
Coco Before Chanel - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1035736/
Micmacs - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149361/
Delicatessen - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101700/
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179025/
Angel-A - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473753/
I thought Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez was a lot of fun.
I've also seen some other films featuring De Funès (the later gendarme films are rubbish though), Amélie, several live action and animated Astérix films, a film about a love-triangle in the desert (I forgot the title), some episodes of Maigret, and probably quite a bunch of others.
Woah, I saw that movie, but it was a silent film. I should watch it in French!
:D That's true, not the best to practice French. But still it is an amazing movie with French quality!
Ah, so it is the same movie?
I agree with you. I love the style of the movie! And the music (which is in French) is great.
Hello maybe it will be off topic. But i recently watched Carmen, the video of Stromae. It is directed by Sylvain Chomet, the director of Les Triplettes de Belleville. You may like it. Here is the link:
Les choristes Jeune & Jolie La fille de puisatier J'ai tué ma mère Les profs Prète-moi ta main La belle personne La vie d'Adèle Un amour de jeunesse La boum (1, 2)
"Franz" set in World War 1 is very compelling. I actually saw it at a movie theatre. It opens with German being spoken and then switches to French after a while. Possibly good for a French - German polyglot.
A great one on Netflix is "The African Doctor." This one is based on a true story. The doctor's actual son is a rapper in France now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP6x1FCd7ko