I love watching films from all over the world. I do not really fancy films that are remade. I prefer them in their original context. Sometimes, actual meanings of phrases are lost in translation because they only make sense in the original language of the film. I have a fondness for French films because I like the language and my collection of French DVDs is testament to that.
I have over a hundred French DVDs and even some on video tape in my collection of French films. I have spent the last 2 decades adding to my foreign movie and movie poster collection. Here are is a short writeup of three of my favorite French movies.
8 Femmes or 8 women, is musical comedy-mystery based on a play by Robert Thomas. From the title, you would easily guess that the movie has to do with 8 women. The movie reminds me the board game Cluedo accept that we already when the murder took place and what weapon was used.
The plot of the movie centers around the relationships of these 8 women and the master of a house who has been mysteriously murdered. What starts off as a murder mystery soon delves into various subplots as more and more secrets are exposed as everyone tries to uncover who the murdered is.
The plots explore the various relationship dynamics, greed and sexuality. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the fight between two of the female characters which ended as a make-out session on the floor. But that is not the highlight of the movie as there is yet an even better twist in the plot.
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Au Revoir Les Enfants is a very touching story about an anti-Nazi catholic priest who hides Jewish students at a catholic boarding school during the second world war in France. More importantly, it is about the bond between a particular Jewish boy and a fellow boarding schoolmate.
It also looks at perceptions, fear and bigotry in society at large. Parallels can be drawn from what happened in those times to what is happening today to many peoples.
The movie was based on the events of director Louis Malle’s very own childhood when he attended a catholic boarding school when he was 11. The memory of which remained with him every since.
Of all the French films I have watched over the years, Amélie is undoubtedly my favorite. The plot is simple yet entertaining. The protagonist, Amélie, is a shy waitress with a vivid imagination and a knack for bringing joy to the lives of others, which is where all the fun lies. However, through all her efforts in bringing happiness to others, her own happiness eludes her. The movie looks at escapism and what it takes to finally overcome it.