French Ads and Movies

This ad by Louis Vuitton is amazing, partly because Catherine Deneuve narrates, but mainly because it encapsulates why I love Paris so much.

If you want to immerse yourself in Paris and other parts of France, spend an evening watching some of these great movies:

Paris, Je t’aime

-18 arrondissements (neighbourhoods) of Paris are revealed by 18 well-known directors. Don’t know why, but I really like this clip about the 14th arrondissement

Any Francois Truffaut Film

-Here is a montage of his films with music by Georges Delerue, who composed the music for many of Truffaut’s films. His films included:

“Day For Night” (movie about making a movie in the south of France),

“The Last Metro” (starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu and takes place during WWII),

“The Woman Next Door”, and “Adele”.

Joyeux Noel

-Nominated for best foreign film (Academy Awards, 2006)

-Christmas Eve during WWI, the German, French and Scottish troops fraternize and get to know one another. Based on a true story.

RAPT

-A rich industrialist (Yvan Attal) is kidnapped.  Film was inspired by the real life kidnapping of a Belgium aristocrat.

Sarah’s Key

-Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s best-selling novel

-Premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival

-Starring Kristin Scott-Thomas as a journalist investigating the Jewish persecution in Paris during WWII

Intouchables

-Not the Kevin Costner one. This one is with Omar Sy and Francois Cluzet about a wealthy paraplegic and a guy from the street

Prete-moi Ta Main

-How to get your family to stop bugging you to get married? Hire someone to pretend to marry you.

Les Petits Mouchoirs (Little White Lies)

-Premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival

-Director Guillaume Canet brings together old friends in a French “Big Chill”

(Marion Cottillard, Francois Cluzet)

Une Vie a t’Attendre

-Nathalie Baye returns to Paris and rekindles a love affair with a man who she hasn’t seen in 12 years.

Return of Martin Guerre

-In the 16th century, a man (Gerard Depardieu) appears in a village several years after his departure and the village questions his true identity

Two For The Road

-Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney travel throughout France

And Now Ladies and Gentlemen

-A jazz singer (Patricia Kaas) and a jewel thief (Jeremy Irons) are brought together by their mutual desire to forget the past

Le Divorce

-Based on the novel by Diane Johnson about a messy divorce between and American and Frenchman

Samba

-With Omar Sy and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival about a migrant from Mali who is trying to stay legally in France.

Trois Coeurs

– An accountant is torn between two sisters (Chiara Mastroianni and Charlotte Gainsbourg). Also stars Catherine Deneuve, Mastorianni’s real-life mother. Premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

Ne Le Dit A Personne (Tell No One)

-8 years after his wife is murdered, a doctor (Francois Cluzet) gets and email supposedly from her

Lemming

-After the death of his boss’ wife, the behaviour of his wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg)suddenly changes

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