I’m not a huge fan of French film. Its not that they're not well-made. It just seems the movies, like french musical preformances or art, is all about interpretation here--You know, the ‘feeling’. The ‘deeper meaning’ of it all. And I suppose that’s why they come out with so many dramas each year. My friends and I used to say ‘It ain’t French unless somebody dies!’.
Even their comedy is ‘dark comedy’. Like, the poor (but funny) main character loses everything and dives to the depths of despair (in a funny kind of way). If we’re lucky, they’ll get their happy ending and things will perk up (a little).
But in most cases, he’ll just jump out a window.
Anyway, not all French film is looking for deeper meaning. Like their American counterparts, some movies are made for entertainment value alone and since I like my movies about as deep as a kiddie pool, these are the ones I’m going to focus on today. For all you fans of cinema, these French comedies are well worth a look in my opinion:
Jean-Phillipe- a mega fanatic wakes up to find the guy he idolizes never existed.
Podium- An impersonator of the 1960's popstar 'Claude Francois' finds himself competing for the right to do what he loves
L’Arnacoeur- A guy who works as a professional ‘break up’ artist is paid to break up a mafia ringleader’s daughter’s engagement.
LOL- A coming of age movie about a girl named Lola. I’d be messed up if my mom looked like Sophie Marceau too.
Tellement Proches- Hilarious but touching movie about a family living in the Paris suburbs.
Cleopatre- Asterix and Obelix help the queen of Egypt build her palace in order to win a bet against Ceasar.
Bienvenu Chez Les Chtis- a guy from the south of France is given a job up north and suffers culture shock. Kind of like what happens when a Yankee goes to Georgia for the first time.
Moi Cesar- Story told by a little boy who's got a big name to live up to.
L’Auberge Espagnole- A group of students from all different countries live together in a small apartment in Spain.
Some oldies but goodies:
Les Bronzés- a group of middle aged friends (think the cast of ‘Friends’, but..french) go on vacation together in the south.
Les Bronzés Font du Ski- same group, but at a ski resort
Les Visiteurs- Jean Reno plays a medieval knight who gets cast into 1993.
Go ahead and check these out if you can find them at your local blockbuster- then you can watch some mindless French comedy and brag to your friends on the side about your 'knowledge of French film'. Das what I do, anyway:)
Have a great weekend everyone!