French movies – Part 1

As I always like to promote going to the movies as one fun way to learn and to be in contact with a language, nothing better than recommend some foreign films. I intend to do a little series of posts, starting with French films.

As the most significant and famous name in French cinema today is the actress Audrey Tautou. The first part contains only films in which she acts.


Le fabuleux destin d’ Amélie Poulain – Amelie

This film brought her to international stardom “Amélie ” tells the story of the young Amélie, she was raised and educated at home and without contact with other people. She finds in her new apartment a box and returns it to the owner. After seeing his reaction, she starts a series of small acts of kindness that will change her life.

La Délicatesse – Delicacy

As the name says, it is a delicate film that tells us the story of Nathalie, who found the love of her life and has a perfect life, but her happiness is interrupted by the tragic death of her husband in an accident. The following years, she dedicates herself entirely to work, until the day that Nathalie kiss the shy Swedish Markus (François Damiens). From this moment, both characters are forced to confront their fears and learn to start over. Despite the melodramatic story, the film is light and the story unfolds naturally.

De Vrais Mensonges – Beautiful Lies

The film is a romantic comedy, in this plot Émilie is a not very clever and sometimes insensitive hairdresser, who receives a love letter from her secret admirer and servant Jean (Sami Bouajila). The letter is immediately thrown in the trash but retrieved, copied and sent to her mother Maddy (Nathalie Baye), who is depressive with the separation from her ex-husband. Everything is fine except that to keep her mother’s spirit revitalize, Émilie will have to continue with the farce she created.

Coco Avant Chanel – Coco Before Chanel

The film tells the story of Coco Chanel before her wide acceptance and fame. Gabrielle grew up in an orphanage with her sister Adrienne (Marie Gillain). As a young adult, she divides her time as a cabaret singer and dressmaker. In the cabaret, she meets Étienne Balsan (Benoît Poelvoorde), who introduces her to the French high class and becomes her protector. Ettiene introduces her to the first love of her life Arthur Capel (Alessandro Nivola). Unfortunately, the movie highlights the love triangle, instead of showing how she began to revolutionize the fashion and the feminine behavior.

Thérèse Desqueyroux – Therese

The film tells the story of the young Thérèse, during the twenties. A young woman of great intelligence with avant-garde thoughts marries Bernard Desqueyroux (Gilles Lellouche), man of little personality, just to increase the power and lands of both families. Their relationship soon contrasts with the relationship between Anne (Anaïs Demoustier) and Jean Azevedo (Stanley Weber). She gets more and more disturbed by the contradiction between her desires and her family obligations and starts to search for a way to change your life.

Would not recommend

L’Écume des jours – Mood Indigo

Even though I love the actors (Audrey Tautou , Romain Duris and Omar Sy) this movie with a simple plot does not flow with the huge amount of distractions and abstractions. The movie is set in a period with strange technologies that are extremely exaggerated and that lead us away from the main storyline.

The film is about the love relationship between Colin (Romain Duris) a rich and carefree man, who does not have success with women until he meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou). They rapidly fall in love and get married. But soon it is discovered that Chloe has a rare disease. The expensive treatment that requires the use of hundreds of flowers, makes Colin change his life and the lives of everyone around him. Including his friend and employee Nicolas (Omar Sy) and Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a poor intellectual who is fascinated by the philosopher Jean – Sol Partre.

NOTE: Two more films of Audrey Tautou will be included in another post.

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Polyglot Nerd creator, love foreign cultures and learning languages. Speak: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Learning: French
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