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Four French Films to watch (even if you don’t speak French)

French Films

There’s nothing better than a good French film to watch but when you don’t speak the language it can sometimes be intimidating. Even though most French films have subtitles available, you may worry that it’ll be a distraction and can instead slow down your understanding of the film which of course would be très horrible.

Don’t worry fellow francophiles because I have the perfect list of French films that will ease your doubts and maybe even ease you into the French language. Some are classics, some less well known but all of them are guaranteed a great time. So sit down, grab some popcorn (or baguettes) and get ready for some good ‘ole French cinema.

AMÉLIE
Year: 2001
Featuring: Audrey Tautou, Mathiey Kassovitz
Runtime: 123 minutes

Probably the most famous French movie to come out in the last fifteen years, Amelie is the heartwarming tale of a young woman’s fantastical life in Paris. This is the quintessential French movie for all the hopeless romantics and dreamers.

HORS DE PRIX – Priceless
Year: 2006
Featuring: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh
Runtime: 104 minutes

If Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of your favourite films, then Hors De Prix will instantly rate high on your list. Featuring Audrey Tatou once again (I may just be a bit in love with her), Hors De Prix is the hilarious romantic comedy about mistaken identities, escorts and lavish lifestyles.

JEUX D’ENFANTS – Love me if you dare
Year: 2003
Featuring: Marion Cotillard, Guillaume Canet
Runtime: 92 minutes

This one is a bit darker than the previous movies suggested but if you like films that have you on the edge of your seat and practically about to fall off, then this is the one for you. It’s a drama about two young childhood friends who play a truly wicked game of Truth of Dare and as they grow older, the rules of the game become blurred. All’s fair in love and war, but not when you’re playing the game.

PARIS, JE T’AIME – Paris, I love you
Year: 2006
Featuring: Gaspard Ulliet, Juliette Binoche, Natalie Portman, Gérard Depardieu and a lot more…
Runtime: 120 minutes

There’s no place like Paris in the world and Paris, Je T’aime is a love letter to the City of Light. With a diverse cast and a mixture of stories that take place in Paris, Paris, Je T’aime is the ultimate French movie. It’ll make you laugh, make you cry and even if you don’t speak a word of French, but the end of it, you’ll definitely remember the words je t’aime Paris.

What are your favourite French films to watch?

Featured Image: Paris Je T’aime. Canal +

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