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Falling In Love…With France

Falling In Love...With France

I am often asked why I love France so much. I think I fell in love with the culture, the food and the sites well before my first trip. It was the movies that enraptured me. Take a look at some of these short clips (one TV ad with Catherine Deneuve is fabulous) and you may be hypnotized too. (Note: be sure to turn OFF the mute button so you can hear the soundtrack).

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 H”.


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.



-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


-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


-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


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

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    January 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    As you know, I fell in love with France long before I even visited the country, but this awesome list of films will keep the love alive when I’m not there! No doubt you have your own copies of these and I know we have watched some, but I think I’ll make it a goal for 2015 to watch them all. I’ll start with Sarah’s Key … I’ve wanted to see that one since I read the book.

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