3 French Films To Watch That Will Definitely Entertain You

The French have been making fantastic films for ages. Many of us are unaware of the existence of French films because, for most of us, our movie entertainment radar is firmly fixed on whatever comes out of Hollywood. We are ignorant of foreign language movies that are produced by studios from other countries.

But interest in French films have been steadily growing, thanks to high-profile English language films like the Jet Li film Kiss The Dragon, which was produced by Luc Besson, and the Jackie Chan hit Rush Hour 3, which were shot mainly in France.

However, for those of you who want to get started on French films, either for entertainment or as a tool to learn a foreign language, here are 3 french films you should definitely watch.

Cyrano de Bergerac
This was one of the first French films I ever watched. I remember watching it in the early 90′s on video tape, a couple of years after it hit the big screen. Cyrano de Bergerac is based on a 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand. It was directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and has won multiple awards.

The movie stars GĂ©rard Depardieu and tells the story of a man, Cyrano, who falls deeply in love with a woman, Roxane. Cyrano does not make known his love to the lovely lady as he is too self-conscious of his rather large nose.

Roxane soon becomes infatuated with Cyrano’s aid, Christian. However, Christian is shy and Cyrano finds a way to show his love to Roxane vicariously through Christian.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a wonderful French film abut love and longing. It is very entertaining, though a tad predictable, and is a feast for the eyes.

8 Femmes
Like Cyrano de Bergerac, 8 Femmes, or 8 Women, is also a multi award-winning French film. However, 8 Femmes is a musical and it touches on a wider range of subjects from unrequited love to sexuality.

The story takes place in the 1950s at a mansion in the country. Just as everyone is preparing for Christmas, the master of the house is found with a dagger in his back. Things get complicated when the phone line is found to have been cut and the car has been sabotaged. Along the way, secrets begin to be revealed as the 8 women in the house start accusing each other of the murder of the master of the house.

This movie is a fun watch and it also has a little twist near the end. I especially like the fight scene between Gaby and Pierrette. You will have to watch the movie to see why.

La Reine Margot
If you are looking for a bit of a French history lesson, La Reine Margot, or Queen Margot, will certainly oblige.

The story takes place in 16th century France, right smack in heat of religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. The movie starts off with Margot being married off to a protestant prince as a means to quell the religious warring factions. It is a loveless marriage and Margot falls for a nobleman as a result.

The movie looks at the peculiar relationships between the Queen and her children, the politics of that time and the Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

This French film is rather graphic but entertaining, although it would help if you have knowledge about goings on of that time period.