Author Topic: French Film Recommendations  (Read 4306 times)

Wascally Weasel

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2009, 10:55:39 am »
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2009, 11:05:02 am »
HMV are doing some good deals. Audrey Tatou proved hard to cast after Amelie, but she did a very disquieting stalker film where she's in love with a man and we see both sides of the entanglement. Can't remember the name. "I've Loved You So Long" is supposed to be amazing, Kristen Scott Thomas only lost out on the AW by Kate Winslett's breasts in The Reader.

"Tell No-One" is stunning, a creepy thriller. Man's wife is killed, 8 years later he gets an email from her...

Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2009, 11:18:49 am »
Most things with Huppert or Auteil are at least watchable, usually very good.

The 2 together are superb in La Separation, but it's not a feelgood movie......

La Balance was a pleasant  police comedy, I thinl there was a sequel.
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2009, 11:19:54 am »
I recall La Balance.  Yes, I enjoyed it a lot.
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2009, 02:03:37 pm »
+1 for Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources and <£5 for the pair from Amazon.

The three Three Colours films are well worth watching, though might be a bit heavy for your needs. If you only watch one of them, the lighter one of the trilogy is White. (The ending will baffle you until you watch Red though...)
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2009, 03:33:40 pm »
Les Ripoux (aka Le Cop) and Ripoux Contre Ripoux (aka Le Cop 2)
Le Permis De Conduire
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2009, 03:43:08 pm »
Les amants du pont neuf (that's my best shot at the spelling without googling!) was a huge splurge of a film with Juliette Binoche. Extravagant!
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2009, 03:52:45 pm »
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources

These two, for me.

Absolutely.  I thought I wouldn't like them much but I ended up watching them back to back I got so engrossed.

You need to watch them both, in the right order, to get the full benefit.

clarion

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2009, 03:59:26 pm »
And you need to watch that scene in Manon with Emanuelle Beart carefully to get the full benefit...
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2009, 04:04:15 pm »
Yes, that bit with the goats is quite graphic.  ;)
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2009, 04:29:58 pm »
Je pense que "The Usual Suspects" est tres bon.

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2009, 04:39:47 pm »
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources

These two, for me.

Absolutely.  I thought I wouldn't like them much but I ended up watching them back to back I got so engrossed.

You need to watch them both, in the right order, to get the full benefit.

My classics aren't what they should be, but aren't they based on a Greek tragedy?
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Rig of Jarkness

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2009, 07:57:27 pm »
Jean de Florette
Manon des Sources

These two, for me.

Absolutely.  I thought I wouldn't like them much but I ended up watching them back to back I got so engrossed.

You need to watch them both, in the right order, to get the full benefit.

My classics aren't what they should be, but aren't they based on a Greek tragedy?

You're in danger of creating a spoiler there.
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2009, 08:23:43 pm »
The butler did it  ;)
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Rig of Jarkness

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2009, 08:26:42 pm »
Indeed they did  :)
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2009, 08:50:18 pm »
Well thanks for all the suggestions folks, I'm sure I will buy some more eventually, and I'm not averse to 'heavy,' just not for this particular occasion.

Happily amazon are having a world film sale just now so I got:
City of Lost Children
Diner des Cons
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Un long dimanche de fiançailles, from Amazon uk, all for £18  8)

And as it was hideously expensive, (and now it seems, out of stock) at .co.uk,
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, from Amazon.fr  :thumbsup: - I think they all would have been cheaper from Amazon France had there not been the world film sale on.

so hopefully there will be at least something there we will all watch....
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2009, 01:56:30 am »
Trivia:
"Long Engagement" and "L'Ete Meurtrier" were written by the same author, Jean-Baptiste Rossi, under his anagrammatic pen name Sebastien Japrisot.
Anyway, how could I forget to suggest Belle de Jour?

Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #42 on: December 03, 2009, 06:58:44 am »
Most things with Huppert or Auteil are at least watchable, usually very good.

The 2 together are superb in La Separation, but it's not a feelgood movie......

La Balance was a pleasant  police comedy, I thinl there was a sequel.
That reminds me of Cache (Hidden) with Daniel Auteuil - very good (but heavy).

Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2009, 08:35:03 am »
Auteil was also very good in Un Couer En Hiver and Les Voleurs with Catherine Deneuve.  Both heavy though...
Not fast & rarely furious

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2009, 08:51:12 am »
Come on chaps. Jacque Tati's 'Traffic' or 'Msr. Hulot's Holiday'

Or, there's…

36 Quai des Orfèvres (Department 36) is a 2004 French film directed by Olivier Marchal and starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu. Gérard's a bit of a bastard in this gritty cop movie. Good cop V's Bad cop. (I should be paid to write this stuff).
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clarion

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2009, 09:20:48 am »
There's Hotel de la Plage.  Maybe not of the highest cinematic calibre, but it was fun to watch as a teenage boy :P
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #46 on: December 03, 2009, 10:31:33 am »
Personally, I don't think the French are good at comedy.  There are exceptions, but they haven't really moved very far from farce.

What they excel at are the subtleties of human relationships, and the bravery in putting out fantastic films that are never going to have mass appeal  (ie. make much money)

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #47 on: December 03, 2009, 10:53:05 am »
La fille sur le pont (1999) - girl on bridge about to commit suicide instead becomes assistant to a stage knife thrower

La veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000) - In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man

À bout de souffle(1960) - A young car thief kills a policeman and tries to persuade a girl to hide in Italy with him.  Great ending sequence

I don't agree that the Frenchies cannot do comedy there are some pretty good black comedies from the 60s
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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #48 on: December 03, 2009, 05:23:31 pm »
The Page Turner, tonight, 11.45, Channel Four, never seen it but it got good reviews.

A talented musician has her audition ruined by a famous concert pianist.

Years later, the student gets the job as her page turner with revenge in mind...

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: French Film Recommendations
« Reply #49 on: December 03, 2009, 07:03:42 pm »
36 Quai des Orfèvres (Department 36) is a 2004 French film directed by Olivier Marchal and starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu.

Isn't it a given that every French film stars Gérard Depardieu ?

PS +1 for Msr Hulot's Holiday
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