Tag Archives: French Cinema

Voir du Pays (2016)


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So I’ve realized that I tend to watch French films when I’m on a plane leaving Paris. This one is a war film that deals with the consequences of war set against a backdrop of French soldiers undergoing a decompression program in Cyprus. Even the title (“See the world”) makes an ironic reference to what people say when they join the army. It isn’t for everyone though as it explores topics most people would rather not talk about: PTSD, French soldiers in Afghanistan, women in combat and everyday sexism. Nothing that is easy to digest nor does it make you feel good after watching but I’m glad I’d watched it.

Mon Roi (2015)


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Emmanuelle Bercot reminds me a lot of Isabelle Huppert, in a good actress sort of way. Found the film relatively easy to follow sans subtitles although digesting the weight of it all as the film progresses is less easy. Their arguments seem so trivial but this could have happened to anyone. Maybe us in 10 years, except that we don’t know it yet.

Regarde les hommes tomber (1994)


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A very young Mathieu Kassovitz aside, there was so much argot it was hard to follow even with French subtitles. Also didn’t understand why Simon chose to kill Marx over Johnny.

Les quatre cents coups (1959)


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Even though it is a very accessible French New Wave film (admittedly there are quite a few that I either gave up watching or never got around to finishing), I don’t quite get why Les quatre cents coups is considered one of the best French films ever made. I do feel for Antoine who appeared to have been caught in a series of unfortunate events that spun wildly out of his control so my interest is now piqued to catch the other films in François Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel series. As usual, it’s been fascinating trying to recognize the Paris locations — I’d managed to identify Palais de Tokyo, Place de Clichy (Wepler !!), Montmarte and Pigalle. See here for a very detailed roundup of all the Paris locations in the film.

Juste la fin du monde (2016)


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I’d finally managed to watch this film (on the plane back to France) as I didn’t have the heart to drag the husband to the cinema for a film he wasn’t keen on. I’ll have to admit my interest was mostly superficial — in the all-star cast that I have a soft spot for, oh well, any reason is good enough a reason for watching one more French arthouse film. Decided against (reading) English subtitles and was glad I could reasonably follow what went on with French subtitles. It was frankly a little unsatisfying to see the film end as abruptly as it did though, almost anti-climatic following the melodramatic intensity of the build-up.

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