Category Archives: French Films

Spotlight: L’Italien

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Bonjour a tous,

Last night I watched a wonderful film entitled L’Italien.

Dino Fabrizzi or Mourad Ben Saoud?

This comedy/ Drama begs the question: How far does one go to be accepted in thier society?

I’m going to leave you with the trailer because I don’t want to give too much away. I think the film speaks for itself. If you do watch it, let me know what you thought about it.

A la Prochaine

De moi pour toi

Spotlight: La Tête en Friche ( My Afternoons with Margueritte)

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Bonjour a tous

Last night I watched a wonderful movie called La  Tête en Friche (My afternoons with Margueritte)  Gerard Depardieu played Germaine and Gisele Casadesus played Margueritte. I loved the film and could not wait to tell you about it. This movie is funny, heartfelt and sincere. It shows us the power of friendship, of shared moments, that it’s never too late to make a friend and most importantly, that we can change our lives at any moment.

I shall leave you with the trailer.
If you have netflix you can watch it there =)

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Spotlight: A Monster in Paris

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Bonsoir tout le monde!

At home the DVR records everything,  and with the majoirty of my family  living under one roof,  finding space to record something you want to watch can be a little challenging. I was flipping channels once and I came across the film Paris, starring Juilet Binoche and Romain Duris. The film had already started and I was on the hunt for children’s programming so I figured  I’d record it and watch it at another time. For about a week I anxiously waited to watch the film. For some reason the next time I could catch the film (after I stumbled upon it ) was a week later. And so I watched the trailer, and unsuccessfuly looked for it on netflix. What I found instead today was.. A Monster in Paris! I was first introduced to the film when I was listening to Vanessa Paradis. Her video of La Siene Ft M had excerpts of A Monster in Paris. When one door closes another opens I didn’t watch Paris, but I did watch A Monster in Paris and it would be a family event. Usually I watch French movies on my own.

Great! Best of both worlds. Animated film for the niece, French language for me to listen and enjoy.  And then I loaded the movie. It was in english, I couldn’t watch it in french. In the end  I didn’t mind.  My sister and niece were glued to the screen and have been singing the english version of  La Siene by Vanessa Paradis.

The movie is great for the family, If you have a netflix account you can check it out!

I’ll leave you with the trailer, as for me I’ll be dancing and singing La Seine with my niece.

A la Prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Spotlight: Romantics Anonymus

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Bonsoir tout le monde,

I apologize for not posting yesterday, It was a crazy day and I couldn’t be farther away from a computer.

Today was thankfully a different story. I managed to watch a lovely french movie I think you’ll also enjoy. The film is called Romantics Anonymus. If you have a netflix account you can watch it there.

Romantics Anonymus is a charming comedy which follows the story between a chocolate factory owner and a chocolatier. The pair discover that they have more in common than a shared love for chocolate.  Romantics Anonymus proves that there is someone for everyone, but first we must take a risk.

I’ll leave you with the trailer =)

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Spotlight: l’Auberge espagnole

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Shalalala Que Viva La Noche!

If I could go back to university or college one thing I would do differently is spend a year or semester abroad. I would go to France and study in Paris. Or I would go to Italy and study in Rome or somewhere in Sicily. I would study mime and puppetry and dance, poetry, pottery, language, culture, you name it. I wish I would have jumped at the opportunity. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that every moment in our past  prepares us for this very moment. I may just get that chance to go abroad after all.

But before I can sure, I’d like to tell you about a film that encompasses the adventures of living/studying  abroad or travelling. L’Auberge Espagnole follows the story of Xavier who decides to move to Spain and complete his Masters in Economy, in hopes of working at job that will ensure financial security. Xavier not only leaves behind his family but his whole life in Paris for Barcelona. In Barcelona he learns about a new culture, it’s langauge and the compromises of sharing an apartment with roommates from all over Europe. Some things could be lost in translation but what binds them all together is Espana.

L’Auberge Espagnole is a fun film, those who have lived with roomates, studied and travelled abroad will identify with it and those who want to spend a night in will also enjoy this movie.

Be sure to also watch the sequel to this awesome movie entitled: Les Poupees Russes. The continuation of Xavier’s story. Both films are great. And so, for you to understand the charm of l’Auberge Espagnole.I’ve included the trailer.

Olé

A la Prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Bon Cop, Bad Cop- Le Franglais is strong in this one

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Bonsoir tout le monde,

So as promised I watched Bon cop, Bad cop and I found myself in  a constant state of laughter.

If you haven’t seen this movie you should watch it. I think it’s an example of a “canadian” film. There are so many references to Canadian culture, the divides between Quebec and Ontario in a comedic way. The movie starts with two cops finding a body on the border of the Quebec/ Ontario line. One cop is from Montreal, the other from Toronto. The Quebecois cop assumes he is not understood and begins to insult the other, soon after these two men have to set thier differences aside to solve the case. Along the way both men find something postive about the other city.What? I’m not telling. The movie is in franglais, a verbal dance of french and english. If you do watch it, let me know what you thought about it. I’m really curious as to whether the film will be recieved differently and why that is the case. To a certain extent it is a cultural thing, what i’m  also wondering is whether certain cultural references are lost in translation. Does that exclude you as an audience member? I personally came from immigrant parents but I was born and raised in Toronto. I went to a bi-lingual campus and I had heard of Quebecois expressions from classmates or in french class. The issue of intercultural experiences be it through film, theatre, music or dance has always intrugued me. If you get an opportunity to see the film I would love to hear your thoughts.

 and now le trailer pour vous!

A la prochaine,

De moi, pour toi

 

 

Calling All movie buffs, lovers, and curious people alike

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Bonsoir tout le monde,

Today was a crazy long day full of errands, I’m still trying to get the hang of writing at the same time everyday.  Among all the errands and running around I went to the library. I took out a few french movies and a new book called What would Audrey do? The movies all seem pretty awesome and I want to include you on which movie I should watch and write about first based on your recommendations. If you’ve seen any of them or  find one of them interesting and would like to share which movie you would like to hear about, all opinons are welcome

Here is how its gonna work.

I’m gonna include a poll you’ll have till Wednesday to vote. On Thursday I’ll announce the winner and write a post about it.

If you haven’t heard of any of the movies and still want to vote, please do I would love to hear your input.

The options are:

Camile Claudel

Starring Gerard Depardieu as the legendary Rodin and Isabelle Adjani as Camille Claudel. The movie is based on their romance together. Nominated for best Foriegn Film 1989.

Bon Cop Bad Cop

Two men who are forced to work together on case when a dead body is found along the border sign dividing Ontario and Quebec. Starring Colom Feore and Patrick Huard. Winner of a Genie award for Best Motion picture 2007.

Le Ballon Rouge

Albert Lamorisse presents us with a little boy who discovers a  stray red ballon in the streets of Paris, and becomes inseparable with it. Academy award  winner for best original screenplay (1956).  And winner of Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or.

Let’s Get Voting! =)

Hope you had a lovely Monday!

A la Prochaine,

De Moi, Pour Toi

L’amour Fou: Yves Saint Laurent

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Bonsoir a tous,

I don’t really watch documentaries.

The first time I heard of Yves saint Laurent was when I was watching a movie called The Beautician and the beast starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton. (one of my favourites, cheesy yes I know, but what can I say I can’t get enough fromage)

Timothy Dalton points to his suit, and says ” You like? It’s Yves Saint Laurent, makes me more approachable”

Yes that quote did come from my memory and yes if I was telling you this story in person I would do the accent and impersonate him.

But I digress.

This all started with documentaries. I just watched a movie entitled L’amour fou, starring the iconic fashion designer Yves saint Laurent. I gotta tell you, it was so well done.

The filmmaker does a great job of showing you the man behind the design and present to us just that, a man.

A man who wanted to lie in a full bed, who was described as painfully shy but carried such charisma.

And who better to tell you his story than the one man who knew him best, his friend and lover Pierre Burge.

This story is so much more than just life on the runway, it talks about life itself and love.

Interviewer: Who is your favourite poet?

YSL: Pierre Burge

A la prochaine,

De moi, pour toi

A Moment Of Silence: Polytechnique

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Bonsoir tout le monde,

I hope you have all had a lovely Tuesday. First off, I want to thank everyone who has read this blog, liked the posts and is currently following the blog. Seriously it means a lot and I am humbled to share my stories with you. Second I want to recommend a movie for you to see.

The film is called Polytechnique and it is inspired by events that occurred on December 6th 1989. On this date a man named Marc Lepine entered the University and killed 14 women, before committing suicide. Polytechnique is told through the point of view of a male and female student attending the school. At the beginning of the film, we also get a very small insight behind the man responsible. The movie is shot in black and white and silence is a powerful tool used to speak on its own.

I’m going to leave you with the trailer for the film, but before I do I want to ask you to take a moment of silence today and on December 6th. Remember the victims and the affected families of this terrible tragedy. Remember as well, the person responsible because although we can never fully understand or know the reasoning behind his actions, he also has/had a family. Be grateful for the good things in your life, be it your family, friends, work, pets, fellow bloggers, anything and everything.

A la prochaine,

De moi, pour toi

Spotlight: A la Folie.. Pas De Tout

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Bonsoir a tous,

When I was in France recently I remember hearing a little girl with a flower in her hand plucking petals off it.

She would say Il m’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément, à la folie, pas du tout. It was so  innocent and so contrary to what little girls growing up in North America would say.

I remember saying he loves me, he loves me not. 2 options.

The odds are better for that little girl.

So what’s the point of my little story?

If you have ever seen ” Amelie” starring Audrey Tautou you have one image of her.

I am offering another in A La Folie.. Pas Du Tout.

In this movie the little girl with the flower has grown up.

Audrey Tautou presents us with a suspenseful and spine -chilling performance which keeps us on the edge of our seats from begining to end.

I’ll leave you with the trailer.

A la prochaine,

De moi, pour toi