Classic French FilmsEdit

French film guide

General French Film RecommendationsEdit

Poster Title Synopsis Opinions
Amélie (2001)

Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures.

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Entry level to some, but a sweet and comical love story to many.
City of lost children
The City of Lost Children (1995) In a surrealistic and bizarre society, children have been abducted by a mad and evil scientist, Krank, who wants to steal their dreams and stop and reverse his accelerated aging process. When the gang of Cyclops kidnap Denree, the little brother of the former whale hunter One, he is helped by the young street orphan girl Miette, who steals for the Siamese Pieuvre, to reach the platform where Krank leaves with his cloned dwarf wife Mademoiselle Bismuth, his six cloned sons and a brain, and rescue the children.
Delicatessen (1991)

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasional prepares a unusual delicacy for his odd tenants.

Co-directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

La femme nikita
La Femme Nikita (1990)

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained as a top secret spy/assassin.

Written and directed by Luc Besson.

Leon: The Professional (1994) Leon is a first-class hit man, but is also a sensitive guy who loves his potted plants. He is moral: "No women, no children" is his professional motto. He is sympathetic to his neighbor, Mathilda, a typically rebellious twelve-year-old who has trouble with her family. But when her father runs afoul of drug kingpin Norman Stansfield, Mathilda turns to Leon for assistance.
Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Three Colors: Blue is the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed composer, and her young daughter in a car accident. Suddenly set free from her familial bonds, Julie attempts to cut herself off from everything and live in isolation from her former ties, but finds that she cannot free herself from human connections.

Three Colors: White (1994) This film illustrates the second theme of the Three Colors trilogy, equality. A Polish immigrant whose wife wants to divorce him because he can't perform in bed. In contrast to the introspective, melancholy, and eventually hopeful stories of Blue and Red, White is a dark comedy.
Three Colors: Red (1994)

Final film of the Three Colors trilogy, Red explores the theme of fraternity. Valentine is a young model living in Geneva. Because of a dog she ran over, she meets a retired judge who spies his neighbours' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. Their lives gradually become closely interconnected, with bonds forming between two characters who appear to have little in common.

This was Krzysztof Kieslowski's final film.