Five must-see French films for 2017

Here are five top picks for French cinema this year, according to our friends at Lost in Frenchlation.

Five must-see French films for 2017
A scene from Monsieur & Madame Adelman. Photo: YouTube/Screenshot
Looking to watch a French film this year? These films will be the cream of the crop, say the masters of French film (with English subtitles), Lost in Frenchlation

1. 'Demain tout Commence'
Directed by Hugo Gélin and starring Omar Sy from the hit 'Intouchables', this film has already garnered 4.4/5 stars on Allociné (the French cinema bible). 
It sees Cy's character, Samuel, partying hard in Marseille, only to be awoken one morning by a woman carrying a baby she claims is his. He chases her to London where he finds work and raises the child alone. It's sure to be a film to remember. 

2. 'Dalida'
This biography was directed and written by Lisa Azuelos and stars Sveva Alviti as the iconic Dalida, who was famous in the 60s, singing in French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian. 
In real life, Dalida recorded 500 French songs and is well loved by the French, so many will be hoping this film lives up to expectations.

3. 'Rock'n Roll'
Guillaume Canet plays an actor who is told by a young co-star that he's no longer 'Rock'n' Roll' and can't sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong and gets help from his girlfriend, who's played by Marion Cotillard. 

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The pair are a couple in real life and met during the filming of 'Jeux d'Enfants' ('Love me if you dare'). The chemistry between them on the screen is perfect, like in 'Les Petits Mouchoirs' ('Little White Lies') which we highly recommend. This one should be just as good.


4. 'Le Secret de la Chambre Noire'
Directed by horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa, this film sees a photographer's assistant enter into a frightening world and family of his employer. 

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It is a Kurosawa ghost story — but in French, starring 'Un Prophète' star Tahar Rahim. It's Kurosawa's first project abroad, his first in another language, and his first with a European crew. It should be very interesting.


5. Monsieur & Madame Adelman
A romantic comedy directed by the hilarious actor and comedian Nicolas Bedos, 36, marking his first attempt behind the camera. The movie tells of a 50-year long love story and stars Bedos himself with Doria Tillier.
It's the first French 'rom-com' of the year, and appears to be very unusual and promising. 

Want to see these films? Check in with Lost in Frenchlation, who will play 'Demain tout Commence' on Friday January 6th in Paris (with English subtitles). They'll show Dalida on February 2nd, and hopefully the rest within the year. 

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French films with English subtitles to watch in November

As days get shorter and temperatures drop, November is a great month to enjoy a warm and comforting moment at the cinema. Here’s a round up of the French movies with English subtitles to see in Paris this month.

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The cinema group Lost in Frenchlation runs regular screenings of French films in the capital, with English subtitles to help non-native speakers follow the action. The club kicks off every screening with drinks at the cinema’s bar one hour before the movie, so it’s also a fun way to meet people if you’re new to Paris.

These are the events they have coming up in November.

Friday, November 5th

Boîte Noire – What happened on board the Dubai-Paris flight before it crashed in the Alps? In this thriller Matthieu, a young and talented black box analyst played by Pierre Niney (star of Yves Saint-Laurent among other movies) is determined to solve the reason behind this deadly crash, no matter the costs. 

The screening will take place at the Club de l’étoile cinema at 8pm. But you can arrive early for drinks at the bar from 7pm. 

Tickets are €10 full price, €8 for students and all other concessions, and can be reserved here.

Sunday, November 14th

Tralala – In the mood for music? This new delightful French musical brings you into the life of Tralala (played by Mathieu Amalric), a 48 years old, homeless and worn-out street singer, who one day gets mistaken for someone else. Tralala sees an opportunity to get a better life by taking on a new personality. He now has a brother, nephews, ex-girlfriends, and maybe even a daughter. But where is the lie? Where is the truth? And who is he, deep down?

The night will start with drinks from 6pm followed by the screening at 7pm at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema. There is also a two-hour cinema-themed walk where you’ll be taken on a “musicals movie tour” in the heart of Paris, which begins at 4pm.

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here. Tickets for the walking tour cost €20 and must be reserved online here.

Thursday, November 18th

Illusions Perdues – Based on the great novel series by Honoré de Balzac between 1837 and 1843, this historical drama captures the writer Lucien’s life and dilemmas who dreams about a great career of writing and moves to the city to get a job at a newspaper. As a young poet entering the field of journalism, he is constantly challenged by his desire to write dramatic and eye-catching stories for the press. But are they all true?

The evening will kick off with drinks at L’Entrepôt cinema bar at 7pm, followed by the movie screening at 8pm. Tickets are available online here, and cost €8.50 full price; €7 for students and all other concessions.

Sunday, November 21st

Eiffel – Having just finished working on the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel (played by Romain Duris) is tasked with creating a spectacular monument for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. It’s ultimately his love story with Adrienne Bourgès (Emma Mackey) that will inspire him to come up with the idea for the Eiffel Tower.

After a first screening last month, Lost in Frenchlation is organising a new one at the Luminor Hôtel de Ville cinema, with pre-screening drinks at the cinema bar. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here

Thursday, November 25th

Les Héroïques – Michel is a former junkie and overgrown child who only dreams of motorbikes and of hanging out with his 17-year-old son Léo and his friends. But at 50 years old, he now has to handle the baby he just had with his ex, and try not to make the same mistakes he has done in the past. 

The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director Maxime Roy who will discuss his very first feature. 

Tickets cost €10, or €8 for students and concessions, and can be found here.

Full details of Lost in Frenchlation’s events can be found on their website or Facebook page. In France, a health pass is required in order to go to the cinema.