French Films

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Jan 9th, 2003, 08:22 AM
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Here's one that hasn't been mentioned yet...excellent movie, it should make you think...Le Huitieme Jour (The Eighth Day)
 
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Jan 9th, 2003, 11:14 AM
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rlr -
In addition to the growing - and wonderful - selection of titles you are receiving, here a a few more to add to the list .

" La Gloire de Mon Pere " and "LKes Chateux de Ma Mere " - both relatively recent and good remakes of Pagnol's earlyier films - wonderful, beautiful simple stories

" Les Lunettes D'Or " (with Philippe Noiret)

" Hussier sur la Toit "
and
" La Femee du Chambre de le Titanic "
(these later both v different tales with Vincent Perez

" Indochine " with Catherine Deneuve
a wonderful saga, terrific photgraphy and scenery and binding story tracing a family stor from the 1930s Vietnam through to the 1960's.

More to Come !
Enjoy

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Jan 9th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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OMG I love cinema Francaise!! Keep looking, French films are incredible! Here are my picks among so many, I know I'm forgetting some:

Le Dernier Metro (The Last Metro)
Belle du Jour
The Dinner Game (totally hilarious!)
La Belle Histoire
Cousin, Cousine
Un Ete Mertrieuse (not sure about this spelling... it translates to "One Crazy Summer" with Isabelle Adjani, really excellent movie)
Ridicule
Cyrano

I love all these movies and when I can recall the titles of others I'll post back.
 
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Jan 9th, 2003, 01:06 PM
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"Monsieur Hire" by Patrice Leconte
"Ponette" Winner of 1996 Venice Film festival best female actress
"The Widow of St. Pierre" with Juliette Binoche.
 
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Jan 10th, 2003, 09:54 PM
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Such a great list you all are compiling here! Started with the "A's" and very much enjoyed Au revoir les enfants. Forgot my list today but picked up Peppermint Soda. Thank you very much, again.
 
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Jan 11th, 2003, 04:27 AM
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Just saw "Jet Lag" with Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno.
It's so and so. French movie, but the goal might be to enter the US market.
I definitely prefer Binoche in her previous films, vraiment.
 
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Aug 19th, 2003, 10:10 PM
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I just saw a really interesting, very well done and a bit unusual movie called Ladies and Gentlemen with Jeremy Irons. It is spoken in French (even Jeremy) and takes place in Paris and Morocco, we loved it.

I wish Le Divorce would have been done in such a mature way as this movie was, I recommend it.
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Aug 19th, 2003, 11:45 PM
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How did Jeremy Irons ever get mistaken as a French lieutenant? The French Lt's Woman.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 06:17 AM
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I recently watched "Wasabi" which stars Jean Reno. Really enjoyed it.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 06:44 AM
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I guess I am showing my age but I loved
A man and a women.
Un Homme et une femme
Does anyone remeber that one.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 11:12 AM
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Doug, he does a really good job in this movie, he plays a thief/yachtsman, but there are many twists to the story.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 11:17 AM
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And Now Ladies and Gentlemen:
Irons costars with the famous French Singer Patricia Kaas in her first film.
Other recent good ones.
Man on a train,
Dirty, Pretty things,
Swimming Pool.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 11:29 AM
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That's the movie!
Did you see it cigalechanta? I loved it, sort of film noir.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 11:44 AM
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lyban: Yes, "A Man and A Woman." My French-speaking mother took me to see it when I was 11 or 12.

Also, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" - another romantic French film I remember from my childhood.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 11:54 AM
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Pollyester, Yes! loved al those latest films that I have seen.
Qualalalisa, I have the Umbrella video and saw the film when it firt came out.
If you liked the plot, rent '"Fanny"
With Leslie Caron, Maurice Chavalier and Charles Boyer.It's based on a Marcel Pagnol book.
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Aug 20th, 2003, 12:08 PM
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I have to second (or is it triple?) the vote for Au Revoir les Enfants One of my favorite movies ever made!
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Aug 20th, 2003, 12:32 PM
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-Cyrano de Bergerac (Quite possibly the best version and certainly the finest subtitles of any film!),
-Au Bout de Souffle (Woefully rmade as Breathless with Richard Gere)
-Nikita (Badly remade as Point Of No Return which in turn spawned a crummy tv series, La Femme Nikita)
-Germinal
-Mon Pere Ce Hero (Badly remade as My Father The Hero)
-Colonel Chabert
-Cages Aux Folies (badly remade as Birdcage)
-Le Retour de Martin Guerre (insipidly remade with Richard Gere as Sommersby)
-Les Visiteurs
-L'Atalantique
-Rififi (How come this hasn't been remade!)
-Trois Hommes et un Couffin (sadly remade as Three Men & A Baby and begetting 2 sequels of increasing naffness)

In short, as a rule of thumb, almost any French film remade in Hollywood is worth searching out in the original. Why? Well something must have appealed to those studio execs... if only they didn't feel the need to rewrite, recast and remake!

Serious question: What sort of exposure to French Films get in the US - both at the cinema and on tv?

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Aug 20th, 2003, 12:43 PM
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I'm not a France lover, but I can recommend:

Umbrellas of Sherbourgh (spelling?)

The Toy - not the hollywood pathetic one, the french comedy!

what about "the closet", anybody liked it?

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Aug 20th, 2003, 01:16 PM
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L'Auberge Espagnole, which was out this spring, is a French film, tho its mostly shot in Barcelona (with opening and closing scenes in Paris). It's funny, sexy and actually makes a point. Plus it's not completely in French, a good bit of the dialouge is in English, some in Spanish and a little in Catalan. It'll be out on DVD in October.
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