The one French film you need to see this month

If there's one film you have to see in France this month then "L’Ordre des Médecins", set in a French hospital, is the one. French movie experts Lost in Frenchlation explain why.

The one French film you need to see this month
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Medical films and TV shows are a widely popular both in France and the United States.

Hollywood had some major medical hits backs in the 90’s such as Patch Adams and Awakenings, but in recent years in the US the medical genre has been more TV-based.

After the success of Grey’s Anatomy in 2005, there has been a wave of medical TV dramas such as The Good Doctor, The Resident, and New Amsterdam.

However, in France, the medical genre is still alive in film. In the past five years, France has had the success of films such as Hippocrate and Médecin de Campagne, and now 2019 has brought L’Ordre des Médecins.

L’Ordre des Médecins is a unique film about the struggle of a man dealing with his mother’s cancer diagnosis from the perspective of both son and doctor.

The best medical films come from those who are knowledgeable on the subject, with Hippocrate,  Médecin de Campagne, and Première Année’s director Thomas Lilti being a doctor himself while L’Ordre des Médecins’ director David Roux, whose own mother was diagnosed with cancer, comes from a family of doctors.

Roux spent time shadowing his brother, a respiratory specialist, in a hospital to observe his work, since the film is largely based on his experiences, and would not have been made without his permission.

He blends these personal experiences with fiction to create an emotional and intimate story that goes beyond the intensity and action of a typical medical drama.

He changes the image of a cold hospital into a place of warmth and personal thought through his focus on family relationships rather than the constant center of attention on medical life that is seen in Lilti’s films.

Roux wrote the film in a writing workshop at film school, and eventually realised, with the help of his peers, that he needed to add more personal insight to a story so directly related to his own life. 

Don't miss this film being screened on Saturday March 23rd at 7 pm at Club de l'Étoile with English subtitles by Lost in Frenchlation followed by a Q&A with the director:



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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.