I like watching films from all parts of the planet. I don’t really fancy films that are remade. I like them in their original context. Occasionally, actual meanings of phrases are lost in interpretation because they only sound right in the original language of the film. I’ve a liking for French films because I like the language and my collection of movies for French learning is testament to that.
I have over a hundred movies for French learning and even some on video tape in my collection of French films. I have spent the last two decades adding to my foreign movie and flick poster collection. Here is a short writeup of three of my favorite French flicks.
eight Femmes or eight girls, is a musical comedy-mystery based primarily on a play by Robert Thomas. From the title, you would easily guess the flick has to do with eight women. The flick reminds me of the board game Cluedo accept that we already know where the murder took place and what weapon was used.
The plot of the flick centres around the relations of these eight girls and the master of the house who has been mysteriously murdered. What starts off as a murder puzzle soon digs into various subplots as more techniques are exposed as everybody makes an attempt to expose who the killer is.
The plots explore the assorted relationship dynamics, gluttony and sexuality. One of my fave parts of the movie is the fight between two of the female characters which ended in a make-out session on the floor. But that isn’t the highlight of the flick as there is yet an even better twist in the plot.
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Au Revoir Les Enfants is a touching story about an anti-Nazi catholic priest who hides Jewish students at a catholic boarding college in the second world war in France. As significantly, it is about the bond that exists between a particular Jewish boy and a fellow boarding schoolmate.
It also looks at perceptions, fear and bigotry in society at large. Parallels can be drawn from what occurred in those times to what has happened today to many peoples.
The flick was based on the events of director Louis Malle’s own childhood when he attended a catholic boarding college when he was eleven. The memory of which remained with him since then.
Of all of the French films I have studied over the years, Amlie is assuredly my favorite. The plot is simple yet entertaining. The lead, Amlie, is a bashful waitress with a clear imagination and a talent for bringing joy to the lives of others, which is where all the thrills lies. Nevertheless thru all her efforts in bringing contentment to others, her own contentment eludes her. The movie looks at escapism and what is required to finally beat it.
I would strongly recommend these three movies for French learning if you are searching for entertainment or if you are looking to pick up the language. With these three French films, you could end up doing both.
To sum up :
- Contrary to popular belief, French movies can be entertaining
- Amélie is the ultimate feel good movie
- Au Revoir Les Enfants is a touching movie based on a true story
Posted by Guest Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Posted by Guest Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This weekend Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with the enigmatic Angelica, he’s not sure if it’s love or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. She forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past.
It’s fitting that this fourth instalment of the mega booty-hauling franchise revolves around a quest for the fountain of youth. Here’s a property that would give its right arm for some rejuvenation, having worn out its welcome last time round, way back in 2007. And having already paid an arm and a leg to persuade Johnny Depp to reprise his Jack Sparrow role, you wouldn’t imagine it had many more limbs to spare.
But the logic seems to be, if you’re splashing out on your star, you’d better make a splash with the rest of the movie. This splashes so much, its stranger tides almost drown it. It’s a succession of ever-escalating action sequences and grand settings. At first they’re stunning, then they’re routine, then they’re wearying. There is at least some new blood to power this rejuvenation exercise.
Depp is his usual mincing self but Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley have walked the plank when aboard clambers Penélope Cruz, as a duplicitous old flame of Jack’s. Being Cruz, she’s Spanish and feisty, and that’s about it. And fitting right in as the new villain of the piece is Ian McShane’s Blackbeard – a mystically powered captain whose orange, leathery complexion suggests he’s spent long years trapped in a tanning salon.
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Posted by admin Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Paul is ET meets sex, drugs and Rock and Roll! In Paul non stop laughs follow a runaway alien and two British geeks who come to the US for a holiday of trekking to all the famous UFO hotspots. The two super geeks get more than they bargained for when they come to the aid of the victim of a car crash and instead come face to face with the escaped alien.
The two Brits are played by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg who were previously paired in the comedies Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. The two actors are fall down funny as the straight men to the huge eyed, ill mannered and often naked alien, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen).
The movie is filled with pop culture references and inside sci-fi jokes like when Paul asks for some Reese’s Pieces when his two travel companions hit the mini mart for snacks or when, in a flash back scene, Steven Spielberg gets tips on making ET from the real extra terrestrial. There are also a few surprise appearances in the movie. This movie is just flat out funny. I was concerned that, like in many big screen comedies, the trailer contained all of the good jokes, but Paul was filled with enough laughs to fill the entire hour and a half of the movie. I was pleasantly surprised. Paul is rated “R” for harsh (foul) language, sexual references and drug use.