I love watching films in other languages. I hate when something’s dubbed, because then the actors’ voices don’t move in unison with their words. It drives me crazy. Anyway, French cinema is probably one of my favorites. I haven’t seen too many of their films to profess myself an expert, but French cinema just has that little something extra. It’s a joie de vivre, that je ne sais quoi that fascinates me.
Here are my favorite French films, in no particular order:
1. Jeux d’enfants (2003) Starring Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard. Okay, I lied: This is first because it’s my favorite. I’ve probably seen this 8 or 9 times. It has humor, but dark (maybe twisted?) humor, and a star-crossed-lover story that’s impossible to resist. Anyone else think Guillaume Canet looks like a French Patrick Dempsey? Watch the trailer here.
2. Paris je t’aime (2006) Star-studded cast includes familiars like Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Maggie Gyllenhaal and French stars like Gaspard Ulliel and Juliette Binoche. This one is split into mini-movies, with each telling its own story. Watch the trailer here.
3. Amélie (2001) Starring Audrey Tautou (Sophie Neveu from The Da Vinci Code), Mathieu Kassovitz. Quirky, heartwarming movie that’s a French classic. Anyone who’s ever felt lonely can relate. Also, Mathieu Kassovitz is adorable. Watch the trailer here.
4. Hors de prix (2006) Starring Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh. This one’s a bit of a chick flick-it’s about a golddigger who mistakenly spends her time with a poor bartender. It’s funny and it’s got a happy, feel-good ending. Watch the trailer here.