French Films as a sanity salvation

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!

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Thank you on both counts.

I’m afraid subtitles are still more for essential than emergency use.

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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.

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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)

Great fun

I assume you’ve watched Amélie - I just love that film - masterpiece.

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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.

Love this film!

Two very different films I like….

And for a bit of a laugh there’s the ever popular…

with Jacques Brel and Lino Ventura.

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Thanks John

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 ( or Le Dîner de Cons ( too.

Hope that helps!

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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: Sans toit ni loi , “with neither shelter nor law”) is a 1985 French 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.[2]

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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!

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Very funny and of its period (1964)

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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.

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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!