My 50 Favourite French Films

Not in any order

 

French Cinema

France can, with some justification, claim to have invented the whole concept of cinema. Film historians call The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, the 50-second film by the Lumière brothers first screened in 1895, the birth of the medium.

French cinema is fabulous – OK, there are some films that are a bit weird and some that are, frankly, unwatchable, but on the whole, French films are fabulous.

If you want to get a peek into a culture or a country, watch the films of that country. A lot of the French comedy films rely on exposing the stereotypes of the country – those stereotypes that all French people know – take “Les Bronzés font du ski”  “Un Air de Famille” or “Camping” for a glimpse at the model French stereotypes. This also shows that the French are quite capable of laughing at themselves.

Here are 50 of my favourite French films, in no particular order.

Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud 1958

Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, is a 1958 French crime film directed by Louis Malle, starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as criminal lovers whose perfect crime begins to unravel when Ronet is trapped in an elevator.

The scenario was adapted from a 1956 novel of the same name by Noël Calef, associated by some critics with the film noir style, and introducing new narrative and editing techniques, the film is considered an important work in establishing the Nouvelle Vagueand the New Modern Cinema. Its score by Miles Davis, and the relationship the film establishes between music, image and emotion, were considered ground-breaking.

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis 2008

Philippe Abrams is the manager of the postal service in Salon-de-Provence, in southern France – married to Julie, whose depressive character makes his life miserable, so he does everything to get a job at an office on the Mediterranean coast to make her happy

As this favorable position will be granted to somebody who is disabled, Abrams decides to pretend that he is. However, the management finds out. As punishment, he is banished for two years to Bergues, a town near Dunkirk in northern France – a cold and rainy place inhabited by unsophisticated ch’tis.

He has to spend his first night at the home of Antoine, a co-worker of his, whom he initially dislikes for his obnoxious behavior and because he initially thinks he is gay (he found photographs of Antoine dressed as a woman, taken during a carnival party and Antoine admits to doing more than dressing as a woman during that time). However, Antoine and Philippe later become best friends.

Asphalte 2015

With Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

A building in a city with a broken elevator. Three meetings. Six characters.
Will Sternkowtiz leave his chair to find the love of a night nurse?
Charly, the abandoned teenager, will he manage to get a role for Jeanne Meyer, actress of the 80s?

And what will happen to John McKenzie, astronaut fallen from the sky and collected by Mrs. Hamida?

Au Revoir Les Enfants 1987

 

In the midst of World War II, Julien Quentin leaves his mother and Paris to travel to a Catholic boarding school in the country. Upon arrival, he meets Jean Bonnet, the new boy who claims to be Protestant, and, though hostile at first, begins to befriend him. He is the only boy who discovers his new friend’s secret: that he is a Jew named Jean Kippelstein hiding from the Gestapo.

The turmoil in France at the time is apparent in this film through several instances. First, there are two air raids during which the students must hide in a sheltered basement underground. Collaborators search the school at one point looking for shirkers from German work camps. Also, when Jean and Julien get lost in the woods during a “boy scout game”, they are caught by Nazi soldiers and returned to the school.

Camping 2006

At the campsite Les Flots Bleus, on the Atlantic coast holidaymakers come from all over France.
Like every year, it is the moment to reunite around drinks with the regular campers.
Except that this year, the Pics no longer have their usual space 17, the Gatineau family in separate tents after the husband was caught having an affair, and Patrick Chirac, the playboy of Dijon, has been stood up by his wife.
It is in this campsite that Michel Saint Josse, plastic surgeon from Paris, finds himself well stuck, by accident after his car breaks down and he experiences the existential problems of a species hitherto unknown to him: the camper …

Dialogue avec mon Jardinier 2007

A painter returns from Paris to his childhood home in rural France. The painter notices that the house’s once-impressive vegetable garden has fallen into neglect, and he hires a local gardener to put it back into shape. The gardener appears to be a former schoolmate. The painter discovers the bucolic side of life and its beauty. Over the next few months, the two men become friends through long conversations

Through the eyes of each other, they experience the world in a new light. The gardener’s occasional stomach cramps is identified as cancer and soon he passes away. The painter takes what his friend has given him and shares a part of it through an art exhibition.

Intouchables 2011

 

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit.

Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

Jean de Florette 1986

Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community.

City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land, but the novice farmer stands firm. Although the Soubeyrans appear to gain the upper hand, the audience is assured that they will eventually be foiled by the vengeful daughter of the spring’s deceased owner — thus setting the stage for the film’s equally successful sequel, Manon des Sources.

Jeux Interdits (1952)

June 1940, during the Battle of France. After five-year-old Paulette’s parents and pet dog die in a German air attack on a column of refugees fleeing Paris, the traumatized child meets 10-year-old Michel Dollé whose peasant family takes her in. She quickly becomes attached to Michel. The two attempt to cope with the death and destruction that surrounds them by secretly building a small cemetery among the ruins of an abandoned watermill, where they bury her dog and start to bury other animals, marking their graves with crosses stolen from a local graveyard, including one belonging to Michel’s brother. Michel’s father first suspects that Michel’s brother’s cross was stolen from the graveyard by his neighbour. Eventually, the father finds out that Michel has stolen the cross. Meanwhile, the French gendarmes come to the Dollé household in order to take Paulette. Michel cannot bear the thought of her leaving and tells his father that he would tell him where the stolen crosses are, but in return he should not give Paulette to the gendarmes. His father doesn’t keep his promise: Michel destroys the crosses and Paulette ends up going to a Red Cross camp, but at the end of the movie is seen running away into a crowd of people in the Red Cross camp, crying for Michel and then for her mother.

L'Emmerdeur 1973

Ralph Milan is a contract killer who is paid to kill Louis Randoni, whose testimony in various trials could harm the organisation. Ralph waits for his prey in his hotel room, but is interrupted by his comical neighbour, a shirt salesman named François Pignon (Jacques Brel). Pignon, who is suicidal since his wife left him for a reputed doctor named Fuchs (Jean-Pierre Darras), tries to hang himself on the waterpipes, but only manages to cause a flood.

Realizing that if Pignon tries to kill himself again the police will search the place, Milan offers to talk him out of it until after his assassination. Unfortunately Pignon starts irritating him more, and makes it more difficult for him to fulfill his contract killing.

La Cuisine au Beurre 1963

Fernand Jouvin, a prisoner of war, escapes from a prison camp in Germany and taken in by Gerda, a busty Austrian with a big heart. Years later, the Russians release Gerda’s husband, so the restaurant owner from Marseilles decided to return to Martigues to his wife, Christiane, claiming to have been taken prisoner in Siberia during his very long absence.

But on his return, Fernand finds his typical Marseillais  restaurant “Le bon bouillabaisse” renamed as “La sole Normande” … And his wife Christiane, who thought he was dead, remarried with Andre, a chef from Normandy. At first things are tense, and later the rivalry sets in between the two men

La Fille sur le Pont 1999

The plot centres around knifethrower Gabor (Auteuil) and a girl called Adèle (Paradis), who intends to kill herself by jumping from a bridge. Gabor intervenes to prevent the suicide and persuades Adèle to become the target girl in his knifethrowing act.

The film then follows their relationship as they travel around Europe with the act. Their companionship and teamwork mean great luck for both of them. Then they get separated and their lives once again become luckless. The film ends on a bridge in Istanbul, this time with her saving him from suicide.

La Grande Vadrouille 1966

Summer 1941. Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. Three of the crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort.

Involuntarily, Lefort, Juliette and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to escape to the free zone with the help of Resistance fighters and sympathisers.

La Haine 1995

The film depicts approximately 20 consecutive hours in the lives of three friends in their early twenties from immigrant families living in an impoverished multi-ethnic French housing estates in the suburbs of Paris, in the aftermath of a riot. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), who is Jewish, is filled with rage. He sees himself as a gangster ready to win respect by killing a Police man, manically practising the role of Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver in the mirror secretly. His attitude towards the police, for instance, is a simplified, stylized blanket condemnation, even to individual policemen who make an effort to steer the trio clear of troublesome situations.

Hubert (Hubert Koundé) is an Afro-French boxer and small-time drug dealer, the most mature of the three, whose gymnasium was burned in the riots. The quietest, most thoughtful and wisest of the three, he sadly contemplates the ghetto and the hate around him. He expresses the wish to simply leave this world of violence and hate behind him, but does not know how since he lacks the means to do so. Saïd  – (Saïd Taghmaoui) is an North African who inhabits the middle ground between his two friends’ responses to their place in life.

La Promesse de l’aube 2017

With Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg – Based on Romain Gary’s memoir, it presents how he overcame poverty in Poland, sensual education in the south of France and WWII aviation derring-do in Africa and Europe.
It also portrays the fierce love between Gary and his vivacious single mother Nina.

La Traversée de Paris 1956

Paris in 1942, under German occupation, unemployed taxi-driver Marcel Martin makes his living delivering parcels by night for the black market.

One evening he must carry by foot, to the other side of the capital, four suitcases containing pork meat. He goes to the basement of a grocer named Jambier and plays the accordion to mask the noise while the animal is slaughtered. Martin then goes with his wife Mariette to the restaurant where he must meet his accomplice, but learns that the man has been arrested by the police.

La Vérité si Je Mens 2000

In Paris, Eddie Vuibert (Richard Anconina) is an unemployed man in financial difficulty. A rich Jewish cloth manufacturer takes Eddie into his corporation out of pity because he mistakenly believes him to be Jewish as well.

Eddie rapidly integrates in the Parisian Jewish community and rises as a sales manager. He continues his masquerade of pretending to be Ashkenazi Jew in order to woo his boss’s daughter (played by Amira Casar).

Le 15 Août 2001

Three men whose wives are friends join them, as well as their children, in La Baule in their shared holiday rental.

Only on their arrival, they notice the surprise departure of the wives, who decided to leave them the children to take a few days holiday alone. This angers Max, who has prepared himself to tell his wife that he was leaving her to live with his mistress. He must also manage his step daughter, a pretty independent teenager. Raoul, having no children, stays alone with his dog, when he has just decided to quit smoking. Vincent, must learn to control his children, who he has educated very liberally, being more himself a big kid than an adult.

They all dive into the problems of rent, neighborhood, cohabitation, and in the book of Louise Abel, which encourages women to regain control of their lives.

Le Corniaud 1965

A French, Italian and Spanish comedy film by Gérard Oury starring Louis de Funès and Bourvil. It was released in 1965. As of 2013, it is still one of the 20 highest-grossing films in France along with La Grande Vadrouille, another Oury-de Funès-Bourvil collaboration.

Leaving Paris for his summer vacation, the naïve Antoine Maréchal has his 2CV totally wrecked in a collision with the Bentley of company director Léopold Saroyan. As compensation, Saroyan offers Maréchal the chance to drive a friend’s 1964 white Cadillac DeVille convertible from Naples to Bordeaux, all expenses paid. Unknown to Maréchal, Saroyan is the leader of a criminal gang and the Cadillac is filled with heroin, gold and precious stones, including the largest diamond in the world, the Youkounkoun.

Le Déménagement 1997

Who has not experienced the stress of a move? Especially when you are a young writer like Alain, about to leave a good publishing house to write a sitcom for television, that his wife is about to give birth and moreover when the movers are Romanians who work on the black and they do not really have any sense of punctuality …

Le Dîner de Cons 1998

Pierre Brochant, a Parisian publisher, attends a weekly “idiots’ dinner”, where guests, who are modish, prominent Parisian businessmen, must bring along an “idiot” who the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evening’s “champion idiot” is selected.

With the help of an “idiot scout”, Brochant manages to find a “gem”, François Pignon, a sprightly employee of the Finance Ministry (which Brochant, a tax cheat, loathes) who has a passion for building replicas of landmarks with matchsticks…

Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain 2001

The film is an original and sometimes idealised representation of contemporary life in the Montmartre district of Paris

This is one of the world’s biggest commercial successes for a French film. The film receives numerous awards and nominations, including 13 at the Césars, and 5 at the Oscars.

In 2002, it won four Césars, including Best Film and Best Director.

Le Goût des autres 2000

Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes.

Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard while he negotiates a contract with Iranians, his wife Angélique does frou-frou interior decorating and loves her dog.

The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old actress, Clara, to tutor him in English, and he finds her and her Bohemian lifestyle fascinating. Is this love? What would she say if he declared himself? Through Bruno, Franck meets Manie, a barmaid who deals hash. They begin an affair. Are they in love? They joke about marriage. As the women hold back, the men must make decisions.

Le Grand restaurant 1966

The Grand Restaurant is a French comedy film directed by Jacques Besnard, released in 1966.

Conceived by Louis de Funès in the late 1950s, the film tells the story of the misadventures of Mr. Septime, owner of a great Parisian restaurant on the Champs-Elysées, flagship of French gastronomy, who is tyrannical with his employees and obsequious with his clients.

His life is turned upside down by the kidnapping of a South American head of state in his prestigious establishment, and all suspicions are aimed at him.

Le Pacte des Loups 2001

Le Pacte des loups is a 2001 French historical action horror film directed by Christophe Gans, co-written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, and starring Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Émilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

The film is loosely based on a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and the famous legend of the Beast of Gévaudan; parts of the film were shot at Château de Roquetaillade. The film has several extended swashbuckling fight scenes, with martial arts performances by the cast mixed in, making it unusual for a historical drama.

The film received generally positive critical reviews, highlighting its high production values, cinematography, performances and Gans’ atmospheric direction.

Le Pari 1997

Bernard is a teacher in the suburbs and lives with Victoria. Didier is a wealthy Parisian pharmacist and is married to Murielle, Victoria’s sister. While the former drives a rusty car, the latter drives a black Mercedes. Both brothers-in-law are complete opposites and hate each other. During dinner, Didier and Bernard make a bet: to stop smoking for fifteen days, until the next family get-together.

The first days go off like a dream and both are on top of the world. But things quickly turn sour. Didier and Bernard find it harder and harder to resist the temptation. They become irritable, suspicious, they lie; until the fifteenth day: the family get-together. They have kept their word, but relations between them and their wives are at an all-time low. Despite this, they are both determined to remain non-smokers.

Le Père Noël est un Ordure 1982

Le père Noël est une ordure is a cult French comedy play created in 1979 by the troupe Le Splendid and turned into a film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré in 1982

Pierre a stuffy, self-righteous volunteer at a telephone helpline for depressed people and his well-meaning but naïve co-worker Thérèse, are stuck with the Christmas Eve shift in the Paris office, much to their displeasure…

Le Placard 2001

Forty-something Francois Pignon, who has worked for years as an accountant for the same contraceptive manufacturer, becomes suicidal when he learns that his company is downsizing and he is about to lose his job.

Work means everything to this gloomy and boring little man since both his ex-wife, who left him after two years of marriage, and their 16-year-old son avoid him. But things are about to change when Pignon’s psychologist neighbor persuades him that he can save his job by coming out to his employers as a gay man — even though he isn’t.

Le sens de la fête 2017

French comedy that see Max a caterer for thirty years who has organized hundreds of parties, he’s even a bit over it all.

Today it’s a magnificent wedding, yet another one, in a seventeenth century château. This time, Pierre and Héléna are getting married. As usual, Max has coordinated everything: he’s hired his brigade of waiters, cooks, and dishwashers, advised the couple on a photographer, reserved the orchestra, arranged the floral decorations, in short, all the ingredients have been brought together so that the celebration is a success.

Le temps qui Reste 2004

Romain, a gay, 31 year old fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.

He finds out he is terminally ill and has only three months to live. He rejects the treatment for his metastasized tumor that might offer him a slim (less than 5%) chance of survival.

Romain exhibits both selfish and reckless behavior. He realizes that his good looks give him a certain amount of leeway and he tests the forbearance of the people who care for him. He chases away his lover Sasha and delights in antagonizing his sister. The only person in whom he confides about his illness is his grandmother Laura.

Le Vieux Fusil 1975

In Montauban in 1944, during the German retreat from France, Julien Dandieu is an ageing, embittered surgeon in the local hospital.

Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, Dandieu asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter to the remote village where he owns a chateau. One week later, Dandieu sets off to meet them for the weekend, but the Germans have now occupied the village. He finds that all the villagers have been herded into the church and shot. In the château, now occupied by the Germans, he finds his daughter shot and his wife burnt alive by a flame-thrower…

Les Apprentis 1995

With François Cluzet and Guillaume Depardieu – Between dead-end jobs and disastrous burglaries, “épic” erotic experiences and severe romantic disillusions, “Les Apprentis” follows the adventures and misadventures of two friends.

The sometimes painful apprenticeship of a daily life where love, friendship or simply the closeness of others is the greatest of riches.

Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn nasty, however, when the pair are caught burgling the offices of a karate magazine, the consequences of which sends the playwright into a spiraling bout of depression.

Les Bronzés font du ski 1979

The eight friends who met at a summer holiday in a Club Med resort on the Ivory Coast find themselves in a winter sports resort in Val d’Isère.

Bernard and Nathalie, get rich, and flagrantly show off their riches. Gigi, now married to Jerome, runs a crêperie. Christiane returns to them transformed by the love she has found with an affable sexagenarian, Marius. Popeye, always showing off, gives ski lessons and gets into trouble chasing women, married or single. Jean-Claude, wanders and fantasises in the void, vainly believing in the feminine encounter that will transform his life …

A must-watch, hilarious film with all the necessary tongue-in-cheek stereotypes and clichés to provide a glimpse into French culture.

Un illustre inconnu 2014

Sebastien Nicolas lives alone. To try to make sense of his life, he follows strangers and usurps their identity by disguising himself as them. When one day he meets a world famous violinist, he sees the life he has always dreamed of, so more than borrowing it, it he steals it.

Getting taken over by events, Sebastien takes huge risks to become the one he would like to be, even to sacrifice his own life, and that of others …

Les Enfants du Marais 1999

With jacques Villeret and Jaqcues Gamblin a lighthearted and nostalgic drama about life among a group of close-knit friends, Les Enfants du Marais tells the tale of a girl named Cri-Cri, who in flashback recalls growing up in a community along a quiet marsh in France.

The two men are still dealing with their experiences from World War I, as is their friend Mr. Richard (Michel Serrault), who turned a junk business into a successful metal foundry but still visits his old pals at the marsh, because he feels they’re the only ones who understand him.

Les Petits mouchoirs 2010

In a Parisian nightclub, party man Ludo (Jean Dujardin) takes off late at night on his scooter, where he’s blindsided by a truck. Lying between life and death in the hospital, Ludo is visited by his band of longtime pals, who decide that the gruesome crash should not prevent them from embarking on their coveted summer holidays.

The group’s stress level is further goosed by pot-smoking rebel Marie (Marion Cotillard), lovesick actor Eric (Gilles Lellouche) and the even more lovesick Antoine (Laurent Lafitte), all of whom are suffering from failed or failing relationships.

Les Tonton Flingueurs 1963

A cult French comedy. Fernand is an ex-gangster with a plant hire business in Montauban. His modest, quiet life is disrupted when his childhood friend, Louis “the Mexican”, who has become the boss of a gangster organisation in Paris, summons him to his deathbed.

Louis appoints Fernand head of his business and guardian of his teenage daughter, Patricia, who only thinks about having fun and has never lasted in any school more than six months…

Les Trois Frères 1995

Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother’s funeral.

After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all.

The men grow closer while deciding how to proceed.

Les Visiteurs 1993

Les Visiteurs is a French fantasy comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré and released in 1993. In this comedy, a 12th-century knight and his servant travel in time to the end of the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.

Manon des Sources 1986

Following the events of Jean de Florette, Manon, the daughter of Jean, is living in the countryside of Provence near Les Romarins, the farm that her father once owned. She has taken up residence with an elderly Piedmontese squatter couple who teach her to live off the land, tending to a herd of goats and hunting for birds and rabbits. 

Revenge, love, and the shocking irony of a hidden family relationship highlight this sequel to the acclaimed Jean de Florette. Although Manon des Sources can stand alone as a separate motion picture, viewers will gain a deeper understanding of it if they view Florette first. Both films, masterpieces of modern French cinema, owe their plots to Marcel Pagnol’s novel L’Eau des Collines.

Marche à L'Ombre 1984

Denis, an eternal anguished, roams with his friend François, a handsome guitarist. Back from Greece, both go to Paris, where a friend has to house them. But the friend in question disappeared, and the roof of his house blows off. Thus, without a penny and without housing, Denis and François are forced to go busking in the Paris Metro.

In a hotel, they defend an African who invites them to his squat, where he lives in a joyful community of musicians. Denis falls in love with Marie-Gabrielle, one of the squatters, while François falls in love with Mathilde, a young dancer, who is preparing to leave for New York …

On Connait la Chanson 1997

In this homage to acclaimed TV scripter Dennis Potter (1935-1994), French director Alain Resnais has actors lip-synch in a manner instantly recalling Potter’s Pennies from Heaven (1978 TV serial, 1981 movie) and The Singing Detective (1986).

Papi Fait de la Résistance 1983

The Bourdelles are one of those great families of classical musicians that Paris prides itself on.

When the Germans invaded the capital in 1940, they refused to play in front of the occupier. André Bourdelle quickly joins the Resistance and is killed when his own grenade explodes in his hand. In 1943, the mansion Bourdelle is requisitioned by the German army, which houses General Spontz, Francophile, music lover. The whole family finds themselves relegated to the cellar, along with Michel Taupin, a companion in the shadow of André Bourdelle. Cohabitation is difficult. Each one fights in his own way against the invader. One day, Héléna and her daughter bring back an English aviator who has just escaped from the Kommandantur …

Pas Sur La Bouche 2003

A high-society housewife finds her social standing threatened when her American ex-husband arrives in Paris in director Alain Resnais’ adaptation of André Barde’s farcical 1920s-era operetta.

With money to spare and a lavish home, Gilberte Valandray (Sabine Azéma) spends most of her days relaxing and enjoying the company of close friend Huguette (Audrey Tautou).

When Gilberte learns that her ex-husband Georges Valandray (Pierre Arditi) has arrived in Paris, her desperate bid to keep her past hidden from her current husband is further complicated by the constant advances of her many admirers.

Tati Danielle 1990

Tati Danielle, supposedly in ailing health but in reality just a nasty old woman, lives with a paid housekeeper who she regularly abuses.

When the housekeeper dies falling off a ladder, Danielle moves in with her great-nephew and his family. She continues using her nastiness to manipulate everyone into doing things her way until the family goes on vacation to Greece. The young housekeeper they hire to watch after her knows what Auntie is doing, and deals with her accordingly, and they begin forming respect for each other.

Un air de famille 1996

A bourgeois family — including domineering matriarch Madame Menard (Claire Maurier), rebellious daughter Betty (Agnès Jaoui), unambitious son Henri (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his financially successful yet perpetually nervous brother, Philippe (Wladimir Yordanoff) — assemble at a restaurant to celebrate the birthday of Yolande (Catherine Frot), Philippe’s timid wife.

As the evening wears on, bitter sibling rivalries and decades-long grudges and slowly reveal themselves.

Un Long dimanche de Fiançailles 2005

Five French soldiers are convicted of self-mutilation in order to escape military service during World War I. They are condemned to face near certain death in no man’s land between the French and German trench lines. It is reported that they were killed in battle, but Mathilde, the fiancée of one of the soldiers, refuses to give up hope and begins to uncover clues as to what actually took place on the battlefield. She is all the while driven by the constant reminder of what her fiancé had carved onto one of the bells of the church near their home, MMM for Manech Aime Mathilde.

Along the way, she discovers the brutally corrupt system used by the French government to deal with those who try to escape the front. The story is told both from the point of view of the fiancée in Paris and the French countryside—mostly Brittany—of the 1920s, and through flashbacks to the battlefield.

Un crime au paradis 2001

A French black comedy with Jacques Vileret and Josiane Balasko – In 1980 France, Jojo lives with his ill-tempered drunken wife Lulu who hates him.

Sympathized by the entire village, Jojo meets a lawyer who is an expert on murder cases.

Soon Jojo discovers how to commit the perfect murder.

Viens Chez Mois J'Habite Chez Une Copine 1981

Guy, on the street and without work, finds a good soul to host him, his friend Daniel, house mover, who lives with his girlfriend Françoise.

A terrible loser, Guy is not only going to make Daniel lose his job but also ruin things with his girlfriend.

While the lovebirds end up getting back together, Guy, alone again, develops new problems…

Le Bonheur est dans la pré 1995

Francis Bergeade goes through a tough day, the employees of his small WC business are on strike, his wife Nicole is once again as painful as her daughter, and the tax office is urgently asking for a small fortune.

Gerard, his thunderous friend, takes him to a restaurant to forget his worries, but Francis does not have time to taste his food as a heart attack strikes him down.

After a stay in the hospital, he begins his convalescence. One day, a television reality show broadcasts his photo, or rather that of a man who disappeared 28 years ago,  and that his entire family, farmers in the Gers, are frantically looking for him.

The missing man looks like his twin brother. Francis sees this as an unexpected opportunity to change his life …

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