5 Movies You Should See if Your Learning French

5 Films you should watch if your learning french

Or fluent- either way the French cinema has produced some of the most exceptional, unique cinema to date- so get your subtitles ready and get ready to learn some French!

1.Amelie  *Cue Gasp* I know this ones a classic- and its really not hard to imagine why. With a unique plot, set against the backdrop of picturesque Paris the film involves creative revenge, bicycle chases down cobbled streets, great outfits and .. Audrey Tautou (if you don’t end the film hopelessly in love with her than something’s wrong.)

2.The Intouchables this is another interesting setting. Here a man from a rough neighborhood becomes a care giver to a wealthy man confined to a wheelchair- worlds colliding right? What’s interesting to me is that despite the subject matter which has the potential to be heavy I spent half the time wiping tears of laughter from my eyes (mkay.. maybe just a liiittle weepy tears too)

  1. Love me if you dare- here we have Marion Coillard at her finest- with a creative plot, rich characters, and a killer story line

     the story follows the lives of two best friends, who as children devise a game based on dares, as the dares become increasingly dangerous as they grow older and fall in love, we wonder just how far they’ll take it

4 La famille Bélier a Family where all are deaf, except for one daughter who acts as a mouthpiece for the family. When she receives an offer that would take her away from her family she has to make the heart wrenching decision between her dreams and family.

The raw emotions the actors poured into this film in staggering. Hysterical at times, and others wretched – buckle up for a roller coaster of emotions

  1. Heartbreaker- Deciding who should fill this last slot was tough- but I felt throwing in a chick flick would add a bit of variety- Why should you watch it? Mostly because of the outfit after outfit Vanessa Paradis gets to wear- Also Ramon Duris goes undercover as a body guard to break her heart and keep her from marrying a hunky Englishman

Honorable Mentions

Little white lies, Rust and Bone and Delicacy

Top 10 Rainy Day Movies

        Singing In The Rain

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqkQxTwEjH0

This is a film classic, and is also my go to movie when I’m sick, sad or just want to drool over Gene Kelly. With a fun, catchy soundtrack and gorgeous costumes, Every time I watch it I’m transported to that era, with the old fashioned Hollywood glitz and glamour, the tap dancing and fantastic hair.

2.       Beauty and the Beast

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osU_T8HB-9U

Beauty and the beast was my favorite movie as a child, and nothing has changed. I associate a kind of- wholesomeness with the movie. Its deliciously cheesy  and was created at the pinnacle of the Disney renaissance. If you don’t know the words to the musical numbers- learn them. Your life will get just a little bit better, and think of how impressed your friends will be when you show off your new talents.

3.       His Girl Friday

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVvnEWez1M

Words cannot correctly capture the love I have for Cary Grant, watch His Girl Friday, and you may understand. His Girl Friday is best known for its witty dialog, and captures the life of down to earth gritty news reporters. So when  watching- stay alert for perfectly delivered lines and tastefully timed jokes.

4.       Leon The Professional

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcsirofJrlM

 Not exactly a feel good movie, and But this movie made me laugh and sob uncontrollably- and for that reason deserves to be on this list. If your in the mood for some superb acting, unique character portrayals and sometimes heartbreaking plot developments then The Professional is the way to go.

5.       Garden state

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u82n0e1mgmQ

I like movies with characters that are realistic, the qualities the possess are neither extraordinary bravery nor wittiness, Zach Braff In my opinion captured the rawness of humanity in a unique way, and in a familiar setting.

6.       Pride and prejudice

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJA27Jujzq4

Because I am such a Austin fan I couldn’t resist sneaking this one in, There are several versions in pride and prejudice ( I’m looking at you BBC and Colin Firth) but my  favorite is the one starring Kiera Knightly  mainly because the acting and cinematography is staggering. Every time I watch  Pride and Prejudice I begin to mentally plan a trip to England, just after I finish my time machine.

7.       Gilda

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMRaqXpbrAI

Rita Hayworth is, in my opinion one of the most stunning classical film stars of all time, I genuinely think she was underrated and overshadowed by actresses such as Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall, It’s easy to understand why when you see Gilda, The movie includes her famous strip tease  Put the blame on mame .  when pressed, Gilda may just be  my favorite classical film of all time .

8.       Rear Window

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kCcZCMYw38

Rear Window Finds Hitchcock at his finest, Jimmy Stewart is such a engaging actor, and when paired with the lovely Grace Kelley and Directed by the master of suspense- Alfred Hitchcock himself- Beautiful things happen. This film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, soaking in all of Hitchcock’s genius.

9.       The Artist

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK7pfLlsUQM

This film is unique, as it’s a silent movie- that was filmed in  2011 but was set in 1927, adhering to all of the classical film cinematography techniques, however with an added more modern twist. The acting is superb, as with the lack of lines, the actors really tap into their ability to express pure undiluted feeling, without uttering a word.

10.   The Pianist

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itR0-I9idXk

Adrian Brody plays a Jewish pianist, in the Second World War, I feel like that is enough right there. What makes this movie incredible, is how Brody was able to capture the gentleness of this timid pianist with the  human need to survive, to contrast between the disgusting conditions of the second world war and the soft beauty of the Piano music, creates something truly fantastic