Posted by: theresegilardi | September 22, 2011

French Fridays – Paris au Cinema

Bonjour mes amis, it’s time for another French Friday. Whether you’re in Paris, coming to the French capitol, or just in search of a fantastic film feast, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m talking Paris on the silver screen.

There are two fairly recently released films featuring the French capitol that should be at the top of your viewing list. The first is “Midnight in Paris”, which is a treat for literature lovers as well as Francophiles (and Owen Wilson fans). If you’ve already seen this movie, you should try “Everyone Says I Love You” (released in France as “Tout le monde dit ‘I Love You'”), another Woody Allen feature that’s a postcard from Paris.

The second French film is “Sarah’s Key”, which is sublime. (And if you’re studying French, it’s a terrific way to test your knowledge.) If you enjoy this World War II film, you must see “Lacombe, Lucien”. It is positively haunting, and a nice bookend to “Sarah’s Key” with its young male point of view.

Looking for something a bit more risque? Then why not consider “Pauline a la Plage” (“Pauline at the Beach”). Back in my student days in France this flick was extremely popular. Although it’s not actually set in Paris, it has that certain “je ne sais quoi” (“I don’t know what”) enigmatic character that the French embody.

But maybe you’re more of a short story fan. In that case, you must see “Paris, Je T’Aime” (“Paris I Love You”). It’s a collection of short films that portray Paris in all its ugliness as well as its beauty, a side of the city definitely not visited by those cute double decker buses that idle outside Trocadero.

So now you know a few of my favorite French motion pictures. What are your favorite French flicks?

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