Monday, October 31, 2016

Must See French Films of the Millennium~ Part 2

So here is Part 2 of's list of Must See French Films of the Millennium:

* Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare, 2003)
* Paris Je t'aime (Paris, I Love You, 2006)
* Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love, 2010)
* La Guerre est Déclarée (Declaration of War, 2011)
* Camille Redouble (Camille Rewinds, 2012)
* De Rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone, 2012)
* Mon Roi (My King, 2015)
* Divines (2016)

Sad to say, I've only seen two of these this time. But that will change. And what I LOVE about doing these posts is that I always learn something interesting... LIKE a group called Lost in Frenchlation hosts French films with English subtitles some Friday nights at Cinema Studio 28 in Montmartre.
They'll soon be showing at several more independent cinemas to help give the international community more neighborhood flavors. When they realized that for most Internationals in Paris, it's difficult to watch French films because of the lack of English subtitles so they decided to rectify the problem themselves. For more on how they got started, click on Je t'aime me neither.
And you can find Lost in Frenchlation on Facebook Here.

And since Divines' director Houda Benyamina won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for this film, might have to start with that one.

Cinema Studio 28
10 rue Tholozé
75018 Paris
Cash Only, No Cards!

Monday, October 24, 2016

List of Must See French Films of the Millennium has published a list of Must See French Films of the Millennium which include:

* Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Public Enemy #1 (2008)
* Entre les Murs (The Class, 2008)
* Etre et Avoir (To Be and To Have, 2002)
* Les Intouchables (The Untouchables, 2011)
* Martyrs (2008)
* Les Choristes (The Chorus, 2004)
* Polisse (2011)
* Bienvenue Chez les Ch-tis (Welcome to the Land of the Ch'tis, 2008)
* Un Prophete (A Prophet, 2009)
* Amour (2012)

I've only seen about a third of these but as we are planning/hoping to be in Paris for the Christmas holidays this year, I may try to get a few more in before then. They've also published a Part 2 which I'll post later. I've included the trailer for one that we were actually told was a Definite Must See by French friends some time ago. It's a bit silly but since I often say the French sense of humor is akin to a 14 year old boy, it fits perfectly. One of the others we were told not to miss was Les Choristes which is a lovely film.

Two that I would add and particularly loved:
Little White Lies (Les Petits Mouchoirs, 2010, otherwise known as Le Big Chill by the Sea) and
Haute Cuisine (2013)

Highly recommend both of these!

And since it's been way too long since we've been in France, I finally did something I've been wanting to do: signed myself up for online French classes. I just went to check things out and found a really reasonable monthly price through Babbel. And while other versions just seem to wear me out, I really enjoy working the class programs. It's exactly what I've needed. And it's up to you what you want to learn with plenty of options. Wish I'd gone there sooner! If you're interested in learning a language, check out Babbel.


Click the link below for trailers and descriptions of above films:

Must See French Films

A bientot!

Monday, October 3, 2016

New Fines on Paris Metro

According to
fines just went up in the Paris Metro. 
So many people dodge travel costs 
(over 220,000 people/day costing 1 million euros/day),
transport chiefs are going to make it hurt more if caught. 
And the hike in fines not only targets those who don't pay
but also those who make too much noise, talk too loud, play loud music,
don't muzzle their dogs, beg or forget their bag on the metro.
They are so tired of having to issue alerts for suspicious bags
that usually (thankfully) turn out to be nothing, 
they will now fine you if they have to issue an alert due to your forgetfulness. 

Fines for not having your metro ticket 
if stopped by the controls now
is 50 euros. 
Up 50% from when we made the mistake of not keeping our ticket 
in our pocket until we got outside the metro. 
Note to self: 
When traveling the Paris metro,
make sure to keep your used ticket on our person 
until you have exited the station. 
You can use the extra 50 euros on entertainment in Paris! 

(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)