The French films you can watch with English subtitles in Paris in February

The Oscar-nominated Les Misérables, a must-see for cinema lovers, is being screened in Paris this month with English subtitles.

The French films you can watch with English subtitles in Paris in February
Ladj Ly's film Les Misérables will be screened on February 20th. Photo: AFp

Every month, a Paris-based cinema club sets up screenings of French films with English subtitles.

Lost in Frenchlation screens both classics and new releases, so that anglophone moviegoers in Paris can enjoy French cinema without anything being, well lost in translation.

Here is what's on in February.

Friday February 7th – Vivre sa vie

The French classic Vivre sa vie is one of the prominent director Jean-Luc Godard’s most playful and dynamic films.

It tells the story of Nana (Anna Karina), a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but ends up as a prostitute instead. 

The film will be screened at Studio 28 in Montmartre at 9pm. Before the screening, there is an optional Montmartre Amelie Movie Tour at 6pm and drinks from 8pm.

€9 Full Price, €7,50 for students.

Friday February 15th – V-day Comedy Night!

This is the movie about Max, a boy who receives his first video camera at his 13th birthday in 1993. From then to the present day, Max has recorded absolutely everything.

The same evening that Max is about to make the biggest decision of his existence, he edits the movie of his life. The movie of everyone’s life.

The screening will take place at Club de l’Étoile cinema, near Arc de Triomphe, at 8pm. Drinks will be served from 6.30pm. There’s an optional Romantic Notre Dame Cinema Tour at 4pm.

 €15 full price, €13 for students.

Thursday, February 20th – Les Misérables

Set in Montermeil, the Paris banlieue where Victor Hugo wrote the original Les Misérables, Ladj Ly's new film has hit French cinema like a bombshell.
The French-Malian director and screenwriter – who recently became first black French director to be nominated for an Oscar – tells the heartbreaking story of a dysfunction at the heart of the French state.
It's a must-see about how state structures can uphold and nurture violence – until they inevitably implode.
The screening will take place at cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, by Centre Pompidou in Le Marais (central Paris).
€9.50 full price, €7.50 for students

Friday February 28th – K contraire

Directed by Sarah Marx in what is her first long format film, K contraire is a somber, but clever story about the harsh realities of prison.

Twenty-five-year old Ulysse is struggling. His mother suffers from depression and he just spent six months in prison. He wants a new life, but he needs money – fast. 

The screening will take place at Club de l’Étoile cinema, near the Arc de Triomphe, at 8pm. Drinks will be served from 7pm. There will be a Q&A with the main actor Sandor Funtek after the screening.

 €10 full price, €8 for students.


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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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Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

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.