After thinking for a while that I’d was the only one in UK not to get Covid I finally succumbed and tested positive on Saturday. Suffice it to say, I am very, very pleased I am triple vaxxed!
I’m allowing myself as many French films during the day as I like under the pretext that it’s actually study rather than pure enjoyment.
So far this week, I’ve seen the wonderful, La Vérité, and It is Only the End of the World, which is sublime obvs. Plus Lourdes which I liked but maybe not as much as I thought I would.
Anyone got any other ideas of lesser known gems.
I hope you recover quickly - being triple vaccinated that’s very likely…
There’s a series on BBC iPlayer at the moment called Paris, Police 1900 which is with a look. It’s in French but has English subtitles for emergency use!
Thank you on both counts.
I’m afraid subtitles are still more for essential than emergency use.
Have you seen Les Intouchables? A bit saccharine, but nice and very suitable for a sick bed. Or the opposite with La Haine? And one of my top ten films is Mustang.
This is wonderful - I think ‘nice’ is rather an understatement.
We enjoyed this very much - title in French Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont (The African Doctor)
Ein Dorf sieht schwarz: Directed by Julien Rambaldi. With Marc Zinga, Aïssa Maïga, Bayron Lebli, Médina Diarra. The story of Seyolo Zantoko, who as a freshly graduated doctor of Congolese descent in France, struggled with his family to integrate in a...
I assume you’ve watched Amélie - I just love that film - masterpiece.
Thanks to everyone. There’s looks to be a few laughs in there too. What a treat.
I have seen Amelie but not for many years and I feel another view coming up.
Two very different films I like….
Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain; French pronunciation: [lə fabylø destɛ̃ d‿ameli pulɛ̃]; English: The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while dealing w...
Betty Blue is a 1986 French erotic psychological drama film. Its original French title is 37° 2 le matin, meaning "37.2°C (98.6°F) in the morning". The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix and stars Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. It is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Philippe Djian. The film was the eighth highest-grossing film of the year in France.
The film received both a BAFTA and Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986.
Zorg (Jean-Hugues Angla...
And for a bit of a laugh there’s the ever popular…
L'emmerdeur (literally The Troublemaker, with the English title of A Pain in the Ass, often promoted as A Pain in the A__) is a 1973 French-Italian black comedy film starring Jacques Brel, appearing in his tenth and final feature film. Directed by Édouard Molinaro and co-starring Lino Ventura, Caroline Cellier, and Jean-Pierre Darras, L'emmerdeur is an adaptation of Francis Veber's 1971 play Le contrat.
Ralph Milan is a contract killer who is paid to kill Louis Randoni, whose testimony in vari...
with Jacques Brel and Lino Ventura.
I know Amélie and Betty Blue but not L’emmerdeur, which looks a hoot.
Nikita is one of my favourite films of all time. Directed by Luc Besson, who also directed another one of my favourites, Leon… Also worth watching but that’s in English.
I recently watched a film called K, starring Patrick Bruel (yes, that Patrick Bruel!). It was recommended to me by someone who’s a massive fan of him as a singer and so I didn’t have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. Bit long but enjoyable nonetheless.
For something a bit more light-hearted, Patrick Bruel was also in Le Prénom.
And there’s always Le Père Noël est une Ordure (
https://youtu.be/tXA6y0lWvZg) or Le Dîner de Cons ( https://youtu.be/u8FOJEzdYAs) too.
Hope that helps!
This thread has made me wonder if any of my other all time favorites have stood the test of time.
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, with Juliette Binoche (This trailer give no real idea of the film!)
and Sans Toit ni Loi by Agnes Varda. (Also known as Vagabond)
( Vagabond French: , “with neither shelter nor law”) is a 1985 French Sans toit ni loi drama film directed by Agnès Varda, featuring Sandrine Bonnaire. It tells the story of a young woman, a vagabond, who wanders through the Languedoc-Roussillon wine country one winter. The film was the 36th highest-grossing film of the year with a total of 1,080,143 admissions in France. 
Oooh thank you. Not heard of any of those!
Not seen that either. Plus it’s my area which will be wonderful to see, esp as we may have to delay a trip to France as OH is now positive and in doubt as to whether he’ll be able to test negative before the end of next week.
Actually I have seen Le Diner de Cons, but ages ago when it was first out and have just managed to get a second hand dvd to take to France. I remember loving it!
Ooh Diva, obviously. La Grande vadrouille. La vache et le prisonnier. Une journée bien remplie.
La Grande Vadrouille, Le Corniaud, Le Grand Restaurant, Les Grandes Vacances…
yes, yes… we’ve got 'em and we laugh till we cry…
La Vie En Rose… just love it… and we cry.
Thanks Vero and Stella
There’s so much for me to go on now. It’s been like discovering Mantel or Tremain have written another 10 that have slipped me by.
Anyway here’s one from me: Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers. For me, it beat Power of the Dog and The lost Daughter, both of which I loved.
Ohh, I’d forgotten that. I loved it!