On my first day of high school, all freshmen had to select a foreign lanaguage to study. I knew my parents wanted me to take Spanish, but I had my heart set on French. The summer before high school started, my mother made the mistake of giving me her video rental card and I spent the summer watching at least five to 10 films a week and quickly fell in love with all things French!
I was amazed at how lovely the language sounds, the chic way they dressed, the sophistication they oozed, and the general coolness of the “French way." Unfortunately I did not excel in the French language (I'm just one of those people who struggle to learn or speak another language), but my love of French culture remained. Here are a few of my favorite French films:
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Band of Outsiders (Bande à Part) – The French title derives from the phrase faire bande à part, which means "to do something apart from the group." It was directed by legendary French New Wave founder Jean-Luc Godard. There is a very cute scene in the film where the main characters decide to see how fast they can run through the entire Louvre Museum. (Rated PG) trailer
The Red Balloon - This 1956 classic short film is a beautiful story of a boy and his balloon. The boy discovers his balloon has a mind of his own and follows him everywhere. Even though it’s only 34 minutes long, it’s a lovely story. (Rated G) trailer
The Dreamers – This film might not be for everyone. It’s the story of an American student in Paris during 1968. He meets a brother and sister and quickly gets caught up in their lives. The group shares a love of film and eventually the friendship turns into a sexual relationship. I enjoyed the film for its references to other films and the turbulence of 1968 France. (Rated NC-17) trailer