Hi muses!

As a French person, I used to watch French films and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you!
I honestly don’t know if they are English versions or translations but if you want to learn French or just enjoy a good film, go watch one of them!

Let’s get started!

Polisse

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Summary: The members of a Child Protection Unit police squad try to safeguard their mental health and home lives in the face of their stressful and disruptive work: tracking paedophiles, arresting parents suspected of mistreating their children, following teenage pickpockets, runaways or those sexually exploited and helping in the protection of homeless children and victims of rape.
During brief periods of relaxation, the squad gossip, quarrel, drink, dance; relationships are put under strain, break and are remade or newly made. Their boss is an ambitious and politically astute policeman, not wholly sympathetic to the demands of their consciences, and ready to tighten the leash if the suspect whom they are questioning has powerful friends. At the heart of the story is a hard-edged, bitter yet tender policeman and a photographer, whose assignment is to follow the squad in their work. (source: Wikipedia)

Starring: Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Frédéric Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi, Jérémie Elkaïm, Maïwenn...
Release date: 2011
Genre and length: Drama / 127 minutes

Nos Jours Heureux

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Summary: In the summer of 1992, for the first time Vincent Rousseau runs a summer camp; but, quickly runs into lots of difficulties that he has to deal with. During three weeks he has to face unexpected things concerning the place, his colleagues and various problems linked to the children about the rooms, trips or their belongings and relationships. (Source: Wikipedia and Letterboxd)

Starring: Marilou Berry, Jeau-Paul Rouve, Omar Sy, Lannick Gautry, Joséphine de Meaux…
Release date: 2006
Genre and length: Comedy / 103 minutes

Intouchables

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Summary: Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic who owns a luxurious hôtel particulier and his assistant Magalie, are interviewing candidates to be his live-in caregiver. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature on a document showing he was interviewed and rejected so that he can continue receiving his welfare benefits. He is told to come back the next morning to collect his signed document.
The next day, Driss returns and is greeted by Yvonne, Philippe's aide, who tell him that he has been given the job of live-in caregiver on a trial basis. Despite being uninterested in the job and his lack of professional experience, Driss does well in caring for Philippe, even if his methods are sometimes unconventional. Driss learns the extent of Philippe's disability and accompanies Philippe in every moment of his life, assisting him in all the ways needed. A friend of Philippe's reveals Driss's criminal record which includes six months in jail for robbery. Philippe states he does not care about Driss's past because he is the only one that does not treat him with pity. He says he will not fire him as long as he does his job properly. (Source: Wikipedia)

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot, Anne Le Ny, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Joséphine de Meaux…
Release date: 2011
Genre and length: Comedy-Drama / 112 minutes

Les Choristes

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Summary: In 1949, Clément Mathieu, a failed musician, arrives at Fond de l'Étang ("Bottom of the Pond"), a French boarding school for troubled boys, to work as a supervisor and teacher. At the gate, he sees a very young boy, Pépinot, waiting for his father to pick him up. Mathieu discovers the boys being ruthlessly punished by the headmaster Rachin and attempts to use humour and kindness to win them over. On discovering the boys singing rude songs about him, Mathieu forms a plan: he will teach them to sing and form a choir as a form of discipline. (Source: Wikipedia)

Starring: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Maxence Perrin, Grégory Gatignol, Cyril Bernicot…
Release date: 2004
Genre and length: Drama / 96 minutes

Le Prénom

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Summary: Vincent, a real estate agent and father-to-be is invited for dinner by his sister Elisabeth and his brother-in-law Pierre. Their childhood friend, Claude, is also invited. Vincent is a wealthy, successful capitalist, while Pierre, a university professor, is much more liberal. When Vincent reveals the name of his future son, his hosts are horrified. The situation eventually gets out of hand, when no one can come to an understanding, and everyone starts unearthing old rivalries and unspoken issues. (Source: Wikipedia)

Starring: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Judith El Zein, Françoise Fabian…
Release date: 2012
Genre and length: Comedy / 109 minutes (actually it’s a French-Belgian film!)

Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!

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Summary: In a theatre, Guillaume recounts how his life developed as a youth. As a young effeminate boy, his mother casually dismisses his antics. When he asks to go and learn Spanish, his mother sends him to La Linea de la Concepción. There he stays with Paqui, a Spanish woman unable to speak French. As they awkwardly try to communicate, she suggests teaching him how to dance the sevillanas. Becoming proficient, Guillaume dances at a local festival but is subjected to laughter. Oblivious to why, he asks a woman named Pilar to dance with him. She politely refuses, explaining to him how he dances like a girl. He asks her if she thinks he looks like a girl. She agrees and he happily remarks that his mother would be delighted. (Source: Wikipedia)

Starring: Guillaume Galienne, André Marcon, Françoise Fabian, Nanou Garcia, Diane Kruger, Reda Kateb, Götz Otto, Françoise Lépine, Brigitte Catillon, Carol Brenner, Charlie Anson …
Release date: 2013
Genre and length: Comedy / 85 minutes

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The end!
My opinions on all these films are that they all show to us different situations and truths and point of view. You discover yourself and think and learn new things from different perspectives, whether it’s about the reality of a job, of finding your sexual identity or how to communicate with people. I haven’t put all the films I love in this article, of course, but I still hope you enjoyed it.

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Emma
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This article was written by @ShatteredOutburst for the Tenth Muse Writers Team