Since I started trying to learn French intensively, I've been watching a lot of French language media on the basis that it has been helping my French comprehension skills a lot (Although I'm still not that great when people talk fast) - especially TV on DVD and online.
But I'd love to find some new movies to watch, so if anyone has any ideas...
I've probably got some of the French films which are most well known in the Anglophone world: 'La Môme/La Vie En Rose', 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelié Poulain', 'Cyrano de Bergerac', 'Indochine'.
I'd love to branch out a bit, but I'd prefer movies that weren't too explicit if possible, as I'd like to be able to watch them in polite company! Comedy, action, sci-fi (is there such a thing as a French sci-fi movie?) would all be very much appreciated.
You can also get movies that are filmed in English (or a third language) but have French audio and/or caption tracks on the DVD. I frequently watch anime this way, since for some reason French dubs often seem to be of higher quality than English ones (perhaps just because I'm not as capable of discerning nuance in French.)
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I'd recommend the animated move the Triplets of Belleville, the french name is probably just Triplettes de Belleville or some such, with the warning that it's really, really weird, and there's no dialouge I don't think, but it's kind of funny, and the music is really good.
I also liked a movie I can't remember the name of, but I'll go look it up later. It's about four French Algerian soldiers fighting for France during World War II.
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Dramas are the best. The actors tend to pause and speak more slowly, because it's, y'know, more dramatic that way. ("Claude -- je n'aime pas toi!" "Oh, ma cherie, non! Non! Mon coeur -- c'est fricassee!")
400 Blows is a very good movie. Ma Vie en Rose, which is the story of a boy who wants to be a girl. Why it got an R rating is beyond me.It really isn't that bad a movie in terms of cussing and stuff. I'll think of more later. I forgot most of the movies I watched in French Movie Class.
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quote:'La Môme/La Vie En Rose', 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelié Poulain', 'Cyrano de Bergerac', 'Indochine'.
I've lived in France for quite a while and haven't seen any of those... Oops. I do want to see 'La Môme' and 'Amélie', don't know about the others.
As for suggestions: - Un long dimanche de fiançailles with Audrey Tautou from 'Amélie', Marion Cotillard from 'La Môme' in a smaller role, and even Jodie Foster (small role too). About a girl whose fiancé leaves for war and disappears during the fights - Hors de prix with Tautou and Gad Elmaleh (a very good comedian), about a woman who makes a profession out of going out with rich guys, and a not so rich guy who falls for her. - Jeux d'enfants, quite a cynical comedy/drama... With Cotillard and Guillaume Canet (don't know much about him), who as children start a game that never seems to get old... - the Taxi comedy series (four movies, I only saw the first three). About a "simple" taxi guy whose car is a bit more costumized than you'd expect. Light comedy. - Il y a longtemps que je t'aime about a 40-something woman who's getting out of prison (after 15 years) and trying to adjust to living her life again. Just out here in the cinemas, you'll have to wait a bit to see it. With Kristin Scott Thomas. - Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, a recent comedy set in the North of France (usually it's "comedies in the sunny South, dramas in the rainy North". I've yet to see it but everyone who did said it's well worth it. - La fille sur le pont with Vanessa Paradis and Daniel Auteuil, about a girl who's about to kill herself, and a knife thrower (performer, not killer ) who needs a target. Filmed in black and white. Very moving story. - Ronin, a very good English/French action movie with Robert De Niro & Jean Reno. - Tais-toi!, excellent comedy with Jean Reno & Gérard Depardieu. - Nikita, the spy movie that sparked the Canadian series with the same name. - Le Grand Bleu, a French/English/Italian story of two divers who don't really compete for the same thing... Some explicit sex scenes. With Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno and Rosanna Arquette.
Merci beaucoup! What a wonderful (and huge) variety of films. Most of them look like just what I'm looking for, especially the comedies and light dramas. I have watched the dubbed French tracks on English movies sometimes, but it's a bit weird because you have to avoid looking at the actor's lips... It'll be lovely not to have to do that anymore. Although I think I'm going to have to sign up to Blockbuster rentals or something.
As for the dobie/dobbie debate - I hav enuf troubl spelin reel werdz corectli! But I've edited the opening post just for you.
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