An Assortment of French Movies, Episode 271

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Category: French Culture

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Annie and Elyse love a great assortment of cookies, but they also love a great assortment of French movies, which is what we bring you on today's episode!

One of our listeners asked a thought-provoking question: what French movies portrait France well? And while we were thinking about that, several people pipped in with the name of their favorite French movies.

The thing is, a French person's idea of a great French movie is not the same as what English speakers consider good French movies. The most popular movies in France are mostly silly. French people love nothing more than a good slap-stick comedy!

My American friends love movies like The Hundred-Foot Journey. A feel-good movie that takes place in a mythical version of France. I went to Saint Antonin Noble Val to see where the movie was shot. I recognized nothing that looks like the movie at all. Having said that, Saint Antonin is still a nice place to visit.

The Assortment of French Movies Discussed in this Episode

We don't present the movies and TV series in any particular order, we just followed our train of thought 🙂

Le Père Noël est une ordure

Les Bronzés

L'aile ou la cuisse

La Chèvre

Le dîner de cons

Les Visiteurs

La vérité si je mens

100 foot journey

Midnight in Paris


Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

Les Intouchables

Asterix and Obelix

A Good Year

Breathless (A bout de souffle)

The Passion of Joan of Arc

A Trip to the Moon (???)

The Grand Illusion



Les Revenants (TV Series)

The Chorus

A Very Secret Service (Au service de la France TV Series)

Versailles (TV)

A French Village (TV)

Les Aventures de Rabi Jacob

Jean de Florette

Manon des Sources

Camille Claudel

Cyrano de Bergerac

Le Chateau de Ma Mère

La Gloire de Mon Père

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Category: French Culture