Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu ? DVD
This French comedy plays on ethnic stereotypes : it is totally overtly over-the-top and full of stereotypes. It was a big hit in France where apparently we don’t mind looking at our stereotypes right in the face (so long as it’s done at the movie’s). The producers of Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu ? thought it would do well in America since the American people usually enjoy French comedies and it’s not like Americans don’t have those same stereotypes. Wrong! Americans think this movie is distasteful and racist (French news article about it). I thought it worked as a movie, certainly ends with the older generations coming to terms with their children’s choices, which is a good thing in my book. I’m not sure you’ll love it, but if you see it I’d like to hear if you saw it as racist or not in the comments.
For the longest time La Femme Nikita was my favorite movie ever. Then time passed and more wonderful movies were made, but it’s still definitely on my top 10 list of French movies. This movie (the original) was so much better than Point of No Return and the American TV series also named Nikita that it’s a crime they bought the rights to the story. But I digress. You like action? You’ll get action and mind games too. French track with English subtitles.
Intouchables was a huge hit in France and for good reason: this show will make you think, and laugh, and possibly cry a little bit too. We cannot recommend it more, it’ll make you a better person, it’s that good. Streaming in French with English subtitles.
Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis was a huge hit in France, the comedy that had everybody laughing and talking for many months. It’s funny and touching, carries a lot of French historical and cultural references. Soundtrack in French with English subtitles, which is good because when they start talking Ch’ti even French people need subtitles!
A hilarious situational comedy that was very much ahead of its time in 1978 and is still fun and on point today. The only thing wrong with this version is that it’s dubbed into English. I would have preferred to find a French track with English subtitles for you, but that doesn’t seem to be one of the choices. The American remake with Robin Williams was pretty good too, but I’d still go for the older original movie.
La Chèvre is another classic French comedy that Hollywood tried to remake but didn’t quite pull off (Pure Luck, don’t buy that one whatever you do!) The French version is so old that Depardieu wasn’t a buffoon yet. Very funny, very French in character. Thanks David for the recommendation! French track with English subtitles.
Guillaume et les Garçons à Table is Annie’s favorite recent French movie. The sort of film that sends you thinking about your own life for a few hours after the show is over. It’s in French with English subtitles, Blue-Ray. Masterpiece performance by Guillaume Gallienne who is usually seen around the Comédie Française (the French equivalent to the Royal Shakespeare Company).
La Ligne Droite is a movie about overcoming adversity. The story of a blind man who runs with the help of a human guide. It’s not sappy at all but can get emotional. Annie and her husband David loved it.
Another one of Annie’s favorites, Le Petit Nicolas movie was inspired by the book by René Goscinny and did a marvelous job at capturing the world and humor this boy lives in. You’re starting to catch on, Annie loves comedies!
If you want to make French people laugh, show them La Grande Vadrouille. Why on earth did they rename it Don’t Look Now for the American market? Anyway, it’s an old movie that shows that self-deprecation and French people can indeed go hand-in-hand. This edition is done the way I like them: French sound track with English subtitles, it’s region 1 and NTSC. So dust off the old DVD player and have a great laugh! Thanks Noriane for the suggestion!
Best Movies about France
Midnight in Paris is one of Elyse’s favorite movies – it is nostalgic, total fantasy, but fun and several scenes were filmed in parts of the Latin Quarter, (one on rue de Montagne St Genevieve near the Pantheon and the other in a famous (but not great today) restaurant that dates from the early 20th century near the Odeon theatre.