5* This is the very best French film I've seen. In fact, better than almost any film I've ever seen. At the time of writing, it's not been released, but I bought it at full price from a shop in France, I love it that much!
4.5* A police movie with (no surprises) Daniel Auteuil in it.
(2005) Starring:Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, Valeria Golino Director:Olivier Marchal Certificate:
In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies. Leo Vrinks and Denis Klein are two cops seeking promotion and the imminent departure of the Chief sets the scene for them to compete for the vacant throne. Their ..read more »
4* An animated movie that has fantastic graphics throughout. I particularly liked this because anime / BD is so popular in France and I kept smiling to myself, thinking how much money the French state paid to make this film. For once, it was well invested.
(2006) Starring:Catherine McCormack, Romola Garai, Laura Blanc Director:Christian Volckman Certificate:
Sci-fi film noir filmed in a unique style in which real actors are transformed through motion-capture animation to create a black and white comic-strip style. Set in a near-future Paris, the film depicts the city as a menacing place dominated by the vast and all-seeing Avalon Corporation, which has ..read more »
3.5* This is a bit specialist. You will get more out of it if you know the characters - wikipedia them before you start.
La Reine Margot
(1993) Starring:Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi Director:Patrice Chereau Certificate:
Marguerite, Catholic sister of King Charles IX, is forced to marry the Protestant Henri de Naverre in order to reconcile her native France. However, the brutal murder of thousands of Protestants during the St. Bartholomew's Day celebrations throws the fragile peace into chaos, and when a wounded ..read more »
3.5* This is a bit girly but still good French practice!
(2001) Starring:Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau Director:Jean-Pierre Jeunet Certificate:
When Montmartre-dwelling Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) discovers a hidden collection of childhood toys in her apartment and conspires to return them to their now-elderly owner, the happiness on the old man's face is enough to start her on a campaign of further good works. Thus she sends her father'..read more »
The Chorus(2004) Starring:Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Carole Weiss, Kad Merad Director:Christophe Barratier Certificate:
French drama inspired by the 1947 film 'La Cage aux Rossignols'. Successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). ..read more »
3.5* An OK comedy. The others I watched it with enjoyed this film more than I did.
Le Diner De Cons
(1998) Starring:Catherine Frot, Daniel Prevost, Thierry Lhermitte Director:Francis Veber Certificate:
Every Wednesday night a few guys have a meal together. There is a game coupled with the meal: each one of them has to bring an "idiot". The game consists in making the idiots talk about their ideas and passions so that the hosts can have a good laugh. At the end they will choose the "idiot of the ..read more »
3* I don't know quite who this film would appeal to. Not a great deal happens (it is a documentary), but it has cult status
Etre Et Avoir
(2002) Starring:George Lopez Director:Nicholas Philibert Certificate:
Award-winning documentary charting the events within a small single-class village primary school in the Auvergne region of France over the course of one academic year. A dozen children aged 4-10 are brought together each day in a rural classroom and taught all their subjects by a single teacher, ..read more »