“Covering the vast swathes of history, geography, and genre, French Cinema is one of the most astonishing hubs for cinema lovers. Having watched a lot of English Language movies, French language cinema isn’t something that I have totally submerged myself into. However, I have my own fair bit of interest in French cinema.”
1. The Intouchables (2011)
Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
One of the best feel-good movies to have been made, The Intouchables is a prime example of making the best out of the little. The relation of rich Parisian Aristocrat Philippe, who is a quadriplegic with his caretaker is a journey that you would not want to miss out.
The movie celebrates the spirit of never say never in a very joyous and pristine way which compels you to question the way you have been living your life. The movie is no less than a serene journey of fun in achieving salvation for the period you have invested your time in this masterpiece.
2. A Prophet (2010)
Director: Jacques Audiard
A unique documentary-ish approach on an underground gang leader yet very stylish, all the while through the movie hitting the audiences hard, A Prophet is a modern gangster movie about drug syndicates in prisons of France.
Alluring for the audiences, A Prophet is beyond the crime genre, just as Anurag Kashyap has done with Gangs of Wasseypur. Revolving around religious feud, a well-built tension in a very dramatic yet grounded way. The lead character manipulates the racism with his abilities which are not displayed rather conveyed conveniently by Jacques Audiard.
3. The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Romain Duris has an excellent screen presence with nuances of Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Duris plays a character of “Fingers”, introduced decades ago in the cinematic universe by Harvey Keitel. The movie is a story of a real estate thug and a would-be concert pianist and his struggle between the contrasting nature of the male animal, “The beauty and The beast”.
Partly a neo-noir, partly a psychological thriller, partly a romantic movie, “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” is all about escaping your own prisons. The movie is a perfect blend of gaudy colors and noir-ish shadows. The movie gives you conscience about the evil inside and the sneak into the ay of redemption which makes us human.
4. Amélie (2001)
Easily yet extremely lovable, delicate yet delicious, Amelie is an outstanding little French bagatelle. Amelie Poulain played by Audrey Tautou manages the innocence with a heart of a child and face of an angel, required by the character and sweeps us clean off our feet while Tautao totally submerges herself into the American consciousness as a waitress who sends her furtive crush pictures and riddles, masking her individuality in order to make their first meet, the most memorable moment of her life.
The fantastical adventures of Amelie and the cinematic magical realism presented by Jean-Pierre holds up love in a magical yet realistic way.
5. Raw (2017)
Director: Julia Ducournou
You might have come across many brilliant and heartfelt coming of age movies yet this movie is nothing of that sort. Raw is a movie that explores the life of a girl just being admitted to a veterinary college who comes out of her shell and learns about herself and who she really is only when she has come to the verge of her adulthood. Let’s not explore the spoilers, Raw is the harshest sensation and it indeed gets nasty.
Feminine sexuality, family legacies, individual urges, popularity politics are the key points that are focused on in the movie and Raw is as bloody as it can get. The effects that the movie has on you is tremendous and when you get out of the movie, you realize that Raw is still in your head figuring out the events shown in the movie. With an epitome of intellectual exhilaration, Raw isn’t something that is easily copious.
Note: This article is the opinion of the writer and the movies are ranked based on his tastes and review. This article is originally published for Quora and Blogspot and also features on Kathmandu Tribune. The writer has self-published this article for Veda Digital Media.