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My 5 favourite French films



I’m just a little bit obsessed with French cinema. Scratch that, I’m a little bit obsessed with all things French. Food, wine, music, fashion … j’adore la France. With my feet firmly ground in Edinburgh, I need to get my French fix wherever I can find it, and films is one of the easiest ways for me to indulge.

I turn watching a French film into an event in my house with either wine and cheese or macarons and café au laits. I think you’re getting the picture, so I’ll get to the point and share my five favourite French films with you.

1. Priceless – A brilliant romantic comedy from start to finish that sees bartender Jean in hot pursuit of Irene, as she searches for a life that involves all of the riches a wealthy husband would bring. It’s stylish, romantic and stars Audrey Tautou. Enough said.

2. Little White Lies – I’m a huge fan of Marion Cotillard and she is fantastic in this tale of a group of friends who must come to terms with how a set of circumstances develops during their annual summer holiday. If you manage to stop yourself from welling up at the end, you’re a better person than I am.

3. Tell No One – I could not stop raving about this film the first time I saw it. To say it’s gripping doesn’t do it justice. The plot line revolves around a grieving husband who years after his wife dies, is sent a video of her captured on CCTV just moments before he watches the film. Like I said, this film grabs you from the get-go.

4. Heartbreakers – Another romantic comedy, Romain Duris takes the lead in this film where he plays a professional heartbreaker. In other words, people pay him to intervene and end relationships, which he does by making women fall in love with him. It’s hilarious.

5. Two Days in Paris – This film is quirky to say the least and tends to divide opinion amongst my friends, but I love it nonetheless. It follows the Parisienne Julie as she takes her American boyfriend to meet her French family, where chaos ensues across two days spent in the French capital.

Do you have any other French films I should add to my list?

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I love 2 Days in Paris! Will definitely have to try out Priceless. I love the films La Balance and Venus Beauty Institute (starring Nathalie Baye and Audrey Tautou) too! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks for your recommendations Miranda! I think you’ll love Priceless as it’s super stylish, just like you :-)

  • Liz

    French films: Orchestra Seats, the Women on the Sixth Floor. Monsieur Batignole,The Beat that My Heart Skipped, Untouchable, Pot Luck and its two sequels….

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Liz thank you so much, I haven’t seen any of these! They’ve been added to my list now and can’t wait to watch them x

  • http://www.alittlelusciousness.com/ rosie alittlelusciousness

    The Intouchables is the best French film I’ve seen, do watch it. So heart warming and very funny!!
    Rosie xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks for the recommendation Rosie! I just Googled it and it sounds great so I’ll definitely give it a watch. Thanks again x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    I love French films as well…Priceless is such a great film and Two Days in Paris is one of my all time favorites! I’m definitely going to have to check out the other ones. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Yay, I’m so glad you like Two Days in Paris and Priceless too – they are such brilliant films! x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    I haven’t watched any of these. Out of these I would watch the romantic comedies – those are always fun to watch!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Romantic comedies are the best Jessica. You can’t beat a good one!x

  • http://www.seethesparkle.com/ India Alexandra

    Absolutely love Priceless – such a great film !!

    Add in a little Luis Buñuel & Jacques Tati too !!!

    India | See the Sparkle

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right, Priceless is such a great film. I could watch it over and over x

      • http://www.seethesparkle.com/ India Alexandra

        Just one of those films which is pretty much perfect for every occasion !!

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    I’m going to have to look into these! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Melanie. If you watch them I hope you like them x

  • kathrynsharman

    I love Priceless and Two days in Paris – Audrey Tatou and Julie Delphy are brilliant!! Love that you make it a real celebration too! X

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Kathryn. It’s really any excuse to play at being French in our house. I really should have been born French ;-)

  • Charlie D

    I’m french but i haven’t yet seen any of these films, oops, will have to add them to my list haha ! I really liked “Thérèse Desqueyroux” with Audrey Tautou, and one that i’m sure you’ve heard about is “La vie d’Adèle” which has been translated to “Blue is the warmest colour” I believe, really a must see ! Another famous but not less good one is “Intouchable” !

    Charlie xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much for your recommendations Charlie! I’ll add them to my list :-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I haven’t watched any of these :( my faves are La Haine and Amelie. Love them.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love Amelie too Holly! I haven’t watched it in ages, I’ll need to get it out again … with a side of macarons of course x

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        Yum! It is on netflix here, I keep wanting to watch it – but am rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel – reliving my teenage years a bit!

  • http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com Christina Richards

    I studied the French New Wave in college so I know about French films from the 60’s, haha. But it’s good to know about modern French films! I’m intrigued by Priceless and Tell No One. I will definitely reference this list when I need to watch a French film. Thanks for sharing!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Christina. That’s so interesting that you studied French film. It’s definitely something I’d like to find out more about x

      • http://www.cityloveee.blogspot.com Christina Richards

        Well more specifically, I studied Jean-Luc Godard for a semester. His work in the 60s in the best. (He has made many films but the ones in the 60s are the most notable.) My favorite is, Breathless, A Woman is a Woman, & Pierrot le Fou.

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    My French is pretty good but I’ve been meaning to brush up on it and work on it some more. So these films are the perfect mix of doing that and having fun – thanks for the suggestions!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Kathryn. I’m so jealous of your French speaking skills. I studied it at school but that was a while ago now. I should really look into some classes or something to try and improve it x

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    I am not familiar with French films at all! Thanks for the fun list, I’ll have to check these out! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Gingi. If you watch them let me know which one was your favourite x

  • http://www.the-lifestyle-diaries.blogspot.com Lauren Hudson

    Love love love French films – it’s such a treat living in France being able to just head down to the cinema and being able to see them! Coco avant Chanel is a serious favourite of mine!

    Lauren xx


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Oh yes, Coco avant Chanel, I had forgotten about that one, it’s great. I think to be honest I am a sucker for anything with Audrey Tautou in it :-)

  • http://www.laughteriscatching.com/ Laura @ Laughter is Catching

    Not a huge fan of French film but saying that I love Amelie. it was just quirky and gorgeous

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right Laura, gorgeous is definitely a great way to sum up Amelie x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’m not well-versed in French cinema. That being said, my favorite French movies are “Amelie,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” and “Paris, I Love You” (and I’m not even sure the last one counts). The films you wrote about sound really interesting — especially Tell No One.