The Best Films to Help You Learn French
Are you looking for the best films to help you learn French? Watching a film in a language you are learning is a guilt-free way of studying. It’s effective, and enjoyable, and you can gain a deeper understanding of the culture and language in one place! Here are some of our best films to help you learn French!
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie
One of the biggest French film success stories is Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie, better known as Amélie. The film was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and navigates the story of Amélie Poulain, a young woman who helps people discover joy in their lives, whilst grappling with her own insecurities.
Set in Montmartre, Paris, the film is a contemporary look (at the time) into French life, celebrating the little nuances of human behaviour. It is a great introduction into French cinema, perfect for beginner to intermediate learners who want to immerse themselves into the idyllic Parisian lifestyle.
Another highly successful and popular French film is Les Intouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The story follows the relationship between an aristocrat and a young man, who becomes the caretaker for the aristocrat following an accident. It slowly becomes a unique relationship rooted in comedy and honesty, between two individuals who under normal circumstances should have nothing in common.
From a language learning point of view, the expressions and pattern of speech showcase the best in French humour. It is also a great film to pick up French slang, with a highlight being the job hiring process.
Astérix et Obélix, mission Cléopâtre
Adapted from the acclaimed comic book series, the film follows Astérix and Obélix on their travels. The dynamic duo visit Egypt, and help an architect build the most beautiful palace for Cleopatra. An entertaining and funny movie, it will easily become one of your favourites. There are also many other films featuring the duo, which we would also recommend to push your French to the next level.
However, because of the quick-witted storyline and fast paced dialogue, it is recommended for those at an intermediate to advance level. Unless you turn on the subtitles!
Comme un Chef
A staple of French cinema, Jean Reno, plays a chef who runs into some troubles and has lost his job. While attempting to get his job back, he comes across a young self-taught chef who also happens to be a great reminded. The film is about their journey working together and making old recipes in an innovative ways.
The film is a great way to improve your vocabulary, especially food-related words and phrases. We would therefore recommend it to French learners of all abilities to watch!
No matter your proficiency level, you can watch one of these films above to help you learn French. You can use English subtitles to help develop your speaking, and even French subtitles to practice reading! By watching a French film it will help you practice the language in a fun and engaging way, and forget that you are studying!
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