Cinéma Français

With the Brisbane International Film Festival just having been, French cinema is in the forefront of cinema line-ups. If you missed the festival be sure to head to the festival next time, however there are often French films playing at Palace or Dendy so keep attentive. Moreover renting DVDs from a video outlet or buying your own has never been easier (please see links at bottom of post for more).


Après tout, there is one thing you must do if you are learning French and that is become a French cinema buff. French cinema is a perfect means of exploring the language, culture and humour not to mention fueling a passion for learning French.

Alors, here is a list of French Films you must watch! Not only are they fantastique but they will help immensely with your learning French.

  • Amélie
  • Paris
  • Coco Avant Chanel
  • Paris je t’aime
  • Hors Prix
  • Flight of the Red Balloon / le voyage du ballon rouge
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Astérix
  • Molière
  • OSS 117
  • Les Bronzes
  • Musée haut, musée bas
  • Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis
  • Les Misérables
  • Je n’ai rien oublié
  • Le Diner de Cons
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Ensemble C’est Tout
  • Je n’ai rien oublié
  • Le Diner de Cons
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Ensemble C’est Tout
  • Le Scaphandre et le Papillon – the diving bell and the buterfly
  • Joyeux Noel
  • Seraphine
  • Potiche
  • Wild Grass Les Herbes Folle
  • L’appât
  • A la folie… pas du tout/ he loves me, he loves me not.
Please see some clips below to entice you (forgive the quality):

For more French films, look for titles that star prominent French actors such as:

  • Gérard Depardieu, Audrey Tautou, Marion Cotillard, Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Benoît Poelvoorde, Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Fabrice Luchini, Mélanie Laurent and
  • Alexandra Maria Lara, Eric Cantona, Isabelle Adjani, Dany Boon, Simon Abkarian, Nathalie Baye, Catherine Deneuve, Gad Elmaleh, Vernon Dobtcheff and the list goes on.

(Tip: make up your own list of favourite French actors and follow their staring roles in film!)


Another way of seeking out French films is to be aware of the cinematic companies and organisations that produce and distribute these films. Please keep an eye out for films produced, distributed or initially released by the following:

  • Gaumont
  • Canal Plus
  • Studio Canal
  • Miramax
  • Dendy
  • Hopscotch
  • Pathé
  • EuropaCorp

Note: Here are some handy links for your interest:

3 Comments Add yours

  1. ladorable says:

    What are your thoughts?

    Do you have a favourite French film or actor/actress?

    S-V-P leave your comments below. Merci :)

  2. Anne says:

    Great blog Sophie. I missed the BIFF this year. However will be heading to the next French film showing at Dendy or Palace :)

    My favourite French actor is Gérard Depardieu (!) and is Mélanie Laurent. My favourite French film is Asterix et Obelix.

  3. Anne says:

    ps. I loved your list of films. Another favourite is of course Amelie and Le Diner de Cons.

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