Monday, October 24, 2016

List of Must See French Films of the Millennium




TheLocal.fr 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.

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

Must See French Films

A bientot!


5 comments:

donna baker said...

Thank you Kirsten for the reviews. I never know which ones to watch though I love foreign films. Lucky you for another trip to France. So many places there I still want to go to. Love that you are learning the language.

Jeanie said...

Paris at Christmas? How perfect -- oh, it sounds like the most wonderful way to experience the holidays.

Thanks for the reviews to the films. Perhaps after your French lessons you won't even need the captions! I have a CD of French and I thought I really must make a point of working on that next year if I hope to get back.

And thanks for coming over to Marmelade Gypsy and leaving such a nice comment on the theatre post. It's so nice to see you again!

Anne Delon said...

Yay for your list! As you know, I also loved Rust and Bone (De Rouille et Des Os) for its gritty but endearing love story.
Another gritty film that had a huge impact on the French (and a sort of precursor to "Entre les Murs") is "La Haine" (not sure of the title in English). Otherwise, although comedies don't translate well, "Les 11 Commandements" in its jackass silliness, provides belly laughs. Très bons films à tous!

Anne Delon said...

Yay for your list! As you know, I also loved Rust and Bone (De Rouille et Des Os) for its gritty but endearing love story.
Another gritty film that had a huge impact on the French (and a sort of precursor to "Entre les Murs") is "La Haine" (not sure of the title in English). Otherwise, although comedies don't translate well, "Les 11 Commandements" in its jackass silliness, provides belly laughs. Très bons films à tous!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SWEET KIRSTEN!! Bonjour, quoi de neuf????

Oh my friend, that first movie, I LOVE IT! I showed it to my students two years ago and we howled with laughter. I bought it for myself and it's such a heartwarming French comedy.

Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog post! I am juggling between work, poetry, blogging and INSTAGRAM! Enjoy every bit of your wonderful life chère Kirsten!