{Saturday Night at the Movies} Some French Fancies!

Hello my darlings!! A BIG thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes, I had a really great day & I will share all of that on Monday. But, today I am here again with some movies for you :) I decided to pick some favourite French movies this time, these are however just the tip of the iceberg with French films, there are so many wonderful ones to watch. French films are my favourite in foreign films, the charm and wit comes in buckets. I'll most likely end up sharing more French films some other time as I have many favourites! And to any of my French readers, feel free to share some of your favourites to, as I'm always looking for more great ones to see :) I hope you enjoy the movies this month & have a gorgeous weekend, I'll be back on Monday!!

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P.S. If any of the trailers don't work due to being in another country, you may have to type it into a search on your own & it should bring up a version you can watch on your country's youtube. Hopefully it will be ok though & these movies are sub-titled for any of you that can't speak French.




The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc - Sec
{French Title: Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec}
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I just happened to catch this movie on a weekend stuck inside for some reason that I can't remember now, but I had never seen it and it sounded completely like something that I'd love & I wasn't wrong. It was quirky, vintage and dream-like all at once. Directed by the fantastic Luc Besson and based on the comic series of the same name. It finds the title character, the intrepid authoress Adèle Blanc-Sec ( Louise Bourgoin) desperate to cure her near catatonic sister. She braves ancient Egyptian tombs and modern Egyptian lowlife to locate a mummified doctor and get him back to Paris. Her hopes is that this oddball Professor Espérandieu will then use his special powers to bring the mummified doctor to life so he, in turn, can use his centuries-old skills on the unfortunate sister. In Paris however, Espérandieu is already causing mayhem, having brought to life what was a safe museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl. You learn that Paris 1911 may not be the healthiest place to be. The movie is a completely quirky rollercoaster, with a surprising ending. I actually really loved it. It reminded me of the same kind of quirky (maybe even a bit more of it) you found and loved in Amele. 


4 out of 5 hearts. Hot Hot Heart. (only because it may not be for everyone & it can be a bit out of control at times, but I personally loved it, It's not for everyone, some may love it and others may think - 'what did I just watch? So, I took that into consideration. But personally I love films like that & loved this film. So, if you can take a chance on quirky, watch this film) 




La Vie en Rose
{French Title: La môme}
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A non-chronological account of the life of the iconic French talent, Edith Piaf. I first came to know of her when I heard one of her songs playing in the background of an advert & just had to know who it was, only to find myself left completely entranced by her whole being. At the time, I couldn't speak or understand a word of French properly, but it didn't matter, hearing songs like 'Non, Je ne regrette rien' & the heart aching 'L'Hymne a l'amour' said all my heart needed to hear & I quickly set out drowning myself in anything and everything about her and her life. I didn't actually see this movie until after I went to Paris for the first time & visited her grave. But, it made the movie even more alive for me. It begins with her life in a brothel as a young girl left to the care of her grandmother who runs the place after her father takes her away from her narcissistic mother. Piaf (played by the amazing Marion Cotillard) undergoes significant health problems and grows up singing on the streets. The movie pulses back and forth in unusual biopic rhythms through pivotal moments in Piaf's life turning up regularly only to be smacked aside by the unseen hand of perpetual misfortune. You meet the important people that cross her path during her life, the impresario (Gerard Depardieu) who recognises her great but raw talent, the heavy-weight fighter Marcel Cerdan, who becomes the love of her life but, can't be with her. Drug addiction, random car accidents, tax problems, everything topped by an unnerving revelation in it's final moments. After watching you kind of wish they had expanded more & not had such a heavy concentration of bad news squeezed into 140 minutes, but apart from that, you can't ignore the astonishing performance given by Cotillard, she completely threw herself into Piaf & that made the whole film worth watching again and again. I completely loved it & have seen it quite a few times now. It made me seek out all that I could learn about Piaf myself and love her music that much more. I just love Edith Piaf & this movie to!


4 out of 5 hearts. Hot Hot Heart. (Because even though I loved the film, I felt more could have gone into it and not so much of the back and forth - flash back feel the movie gives) ♥





Untouchable
{French title: The Intouchables}
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I saw this movie for the first time last month. I didn't know anything about it, but took a chance and watched it. I really enjoyed it too, it was funny and heartwarming at the same time. Based on a true story, it presents an uptight Gallic millionaire paraplegic and his arab-born carer. Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a filthy rich aristocrat & wheelchair bound quadriplegic, living in his Paris mansion surrounded by his efficient silent staff. When Driss (Omar Sy) an impoverished, street-smart and homeless drifter enters the scene (only to get his benefit authorised)  at an interview for the position of Philippe's carer, Philippe decides that Driss is just what he's needing. Throughout the movie life lessons are learned, laughs come in buckets and even some tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The chemistry between the two main characters was marvellous, it was as if they had been friends for many years before the film had been made. Be prepared to laugh & feel your heart warmed!!


5 out of 5 hearts. Sizzling Heart. (Because I thought it was excellent from start to finish, it made me laugh, tar up and the end was un-expected. The casting was even un-expected, which made me love it even more. It was just a fantastic film) ♥





Angel-A
I decided to throw this one in here again since we're talking French films. I shared it on my other blog, but since most of you wouldn't have seen it, I added this one in as an extra because I love this movie so much. It's about down and out man (played by Jamel Debbouze) who's just returned to Paris in the hopes of making some easy money, give up his life of petty crime and start his life over as an honest man in America. Only in Paris for a few hours, he finds himself dangling over the edge of the Eiffel Tower begging for his life. With his underworld dealing catching up with him, Andre is given only 24 hours to save his life. He begs the police for help, but of no use, he sees no other way out but to end his life. Going to jump off the bridge and into the Seine, he spots a beautiful and mysterious woman (Rie Rasmussen) next to him. Despite trying to beg her not to jump, she lets go and he jumps in after her. He saves her life and she pledges to help him in any way she can. Andre is skeptical. Throughout the movie Angela helps Andre find the courage to see the good deep inside himself and actually for the first time love the person he is. Andre, who has never been the hero, must believe he can stand up for himself  & make Angela believe he has actually fallen in love with her. Love is not the word I can give enough to this movie, I LOVE this movie. I first watched it at a very hard time in my life where loving myself wasn't easy at all & after watching...I sort of felt this new life and way of thinking towards myself that I hadn't before. I cried, I laughed and was very moved by this film. Shot all in black and white...it's just achingly beautiful. It's a perfect mix of heartfelt emotions & action, something that can be enjoyed by both men and women alike. You really mustn't miss this film.

5 out of 5 hearts. Sizzling Heart. (Because there was no way I couldn't fall in love with this movie and feel great after. Perfect casting, cinematography from start to finish, it laughs in the face of any Hollywood film, definitely a favourite movie now) ♥




Enjoy & Have a great weekend dolls!!

30 comments

  1. great post!
    thnx for sharring!
    Oh! Happy birthday sweety! Wish you the best!
    Sorry for being that late, but i had a really busy week.

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  2. I've watched and loved all of these films...and you have expressed perfectly how I feel about the French films...there is a certain charm to them and more often than not something very artistic and serene.

    Angel-A... to me this one was a bit strange and even hard to watched at times. Nevertheless, I would have liked it immensely if for anything else just for being so different ...and really the casting is so perfect and the photography is so beautiful. I can see why you have it a 5 stars.

    I can always tell that I like a film if I remember precisely when I have seen it and what I have felt.

    The Intouchables- I watched it with my namesake when I visited her in a small village where she lives. We were both blown away with how warm, smart and just amazing this human story was.

    La Vie en Rose- from those listed this one I saw most recently when I stayed with my grandmother in the island...I watched it on my laptop in the afternoon and liked it so much that I asked nanny to watched it with me and the two of us watched it in the evening...needless to say I have pressed the video tube repeat button very often lately on many of her songs and am so enamored with this great singer.

    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc - Like yourself, I saw this one practically by accident. It was on TV in the afternoon and me and my sister in law (who also likes European films) watched it and really enjoyed it. Such a great film!

    Now, I'm not sure what I can suggest because I'm not sure what you have watched...here are some that I really enjoyed:

    -Le pacte des loups
    - Vatel
    - "Trois couleurs: Bleu"...there was a series of films by Kieslowski and each was called by one of the colours of the French flag (blue, white, red), all 3 were great but blue was my favourite.



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  3. shame on me!! I missed your bday!!!happy bday!!!
    Among these movies I liked the untouchable!
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  4. Happy belated birthday, beautiful woman! You are an inspiration and your positive mindset and words always inspire me. I hope this next year is more beautiful than last for you - you deserve it!
    I adore French films - I've been wanting to see Untouchable so badly and adore La Vie. I'll have to check out the others! One of my favorite film series is Jean de Florette and the follow up, Manon des Sources. I was also pleased with how I could follow along even without the subtitles - and my mother was extra filled I was embracing her heritage!
    Enjoy your weekend, beautiful!

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  6. I have seen the untouchables and loved it.
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  7. Happy bday!!! We love Untouchable!!
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  8. happy belated birthday!!! :) hope you had a great one :) ive never watched any french films before! definitely gonna watch your selections :D

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  9. Aww you so beat me to it :D! But i can see why. I was preparing a post on the Untouchables because that movie really touched my heart and at the same time by far one of the funniest movies of all time. Beautiful, inspiring and funny. Thanks for posting about it. Love this post :)

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  10. Ooh, I always wanted to watch La vie en rose cause I love Marion Cotillard, but somehow never made it ;-) Looks like a great opportunity for a movie night. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and those nice words! Traveling surely is a wonderful thing to do! Have a wonderful Sunday, xoxo
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  11. These movies all sound amazing Doll, I'd love to check out Untouchable first of all.

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  12. Happy bday!

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  13. Hey Kizzy, thanks for sharing so much info about these movies. It sounds like I've really been missing out by not watching French movies. The first one about Adele Blanc sounds like a lot of fun, and the one about Edith Piaf sounds like an intriguing story. I love a true story. I wonder if there is a good biography about her, I bet there is. The other movies sound great to watch too. Thanks so much for telling us about them :D sparkle2day.com

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  14. Angela looks like a movie I would really enjoy to the fullest. I will have to put that on my birthday wish list.

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  15. I have seen La Vie en Rose, I did buy it for my mom as she is a fan of Piaf. It was very interesting, especially as I read Piaf's biography before.
    Adele Blanc-Sec seems something I deff wanna see :D
    Have a lovely Sunday :)
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  16. I absolutely adored Edith Piaf story...what a wonderful movie ! Kisses and happy belated birthday, see there are many virgos around, I am one too ;)

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  17. Oh, I have heard of La Vie en Rose, but none of the other ones.


    Glad you had a lovely birthday, and hope you have a great weekend! :)


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  18. I adore French films and La Vie en Rose was one of my favorites. I'm going to flag this post for my daughter and I .. perfect movies for a girls nite!

    xxleslie

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  19. Im french and I saw Untouchable, so cool, loved it and Luc Besson is a genious !

    Lovely post


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  20. I need to see Adele so very badly. I am after if for ages and it never happened till now. Thank you for reminding me! I am a lot into Asian movies at the moment, especially Korean ones. I think you would like I'm a Cyborg but that's OK. It's a lot about being different and heart-warming strange. I've watched the Crow again a few days ago and had to think about you so very much. My darling didn't see it before, I couldn't believe and had to make a movie evening with it instantly. xxx

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  21. Kizzy :) i never regret visiting your blog :) it's always left me with knowledge and discovery with a sprinkle of inspiration... tonight i'm actually looking for Italian movies to watch and here you are feeding me with great French films :) id love to see your recommended films :) thanks for this list!

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  22. I really liked the Arsene Lupin movie with Eva Green! And I LOVED Amelie and Angel*A!

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  23. I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday :) Looking forward to hearing about it!

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  24. Love that leather jacket! I'm glad you had a good birthday and weekend!

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  25. i saw untouchable and it was amazing Kizzy! i will have to look at more french films. they are really good. thanks for this list. :D
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  26. That jacket is absolutely AMAZING! SO jealous!!!!!!!

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