These are the March screenings of French films with English subtitles in Paris

If you want to escape from bleak world affairs for a couple of hours there's little better than losing yourself in a film - especially if it's a French classic with English subititles for ease of understanding.

These are the March screenings of French films with English subtitles in Paris
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The cinema group Lost in Frenchlation runs regular screenings in Paris of French films – both timeless classics and new releases – with English subtitles to help foreigners appreciate this important aspect of French culture.

Here is what's on the agenda for March.

Friday, March 6th – L'une chante, l'autre pas

The film: By intertwining the destinies of Pauline and Suzanne, two women brought together by a personal crisis, Agnès Varda paints a lively portrait not just of an era, but also of a burgeoning movement that remains uncomfortably relevant in the present day. Tackling abortion, sexual freedom, education and women’s friendship, Varda follows her two protagonists in the early 1970s in Paris in this trenchant manifesto-cum-fairy-tale French musical.

The details: Cinema Studio 28, 10 Rue Tholozé, 75018. Drinks at 8pm, screening at 9pm. Tickets €9 or €7.50 concessions.

Thursday, March 12th – Revenir

The film: Starring Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color), Revenir is a 76-minute boiling pot of emotional frustration, a toxic gut punch that slowly reveals itself in a dark and brooding drama. Set near Valence, in a hilly region of the Drôme in south-eastern France, the film follows a Frenchman in his early thirties who returns to the farm of his childhood, and progressively discovers the truth about his past.

The details: Luminor Hotel de Ville cinema, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €9.50 or €7.50 concessions

Friday, March 20th – Petit Pays

The film: Gabriel, aged 10, lives in a comfortable ex-pat neighborhood in Burundi, his “small country”. Gabriel is a normal kid, happy, carefree and having adventures with his friends and little sister. Then in 1993 tensions in neighboring Rwanda spill over, threatening his family and his innocence.

The details: Club de l'Etoile, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €10 or €8 concessions.

Friday, March 27th – La fille au bracelet

The film: Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this French courtroom drama about a teenager caught in the spotlight of a murder case. What if Lise’s crime simply was that of being an adolescent of the 21st century? The Girl With a Bracelet comments intelligently on our culture’s propensity to sex-shame and emotionally instruct young women in particular.

The details: Luminor Hotel de Ville cinema, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004. Drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm. Tickets €9.50 or €7.50 concessions.

For full details of these and other upcoming screenings, check out the Lost in Frenchlation website.

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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.