In order to get my French culture on, one thing I have been doing is having French movie nights with some of my other Francophile friends and sorority sisters. Approximately every two weeks or so we get together to watch a French film in order to practice our French, learn the names of famous French actors, and to be exposed to France and the French language and culture.
Last night we had a French movie night and we went to see The Artist. Being the 2011 Best Picture, I felt obligated to go see it. I was afraid I was not going to like it, but to quite the contrary I immensely enjoyed it. I laughed at all the right moments, and I found myself actually being able to imagine putting sound where there was supposed to be sound, and I was getting very good at reading actors’ lips. Contrary to twenty-first century belief, it is in fact entirely possible to understand and enjoy a silent film. I very glad we went to see it.
Other films we have watched include:
- Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks)
- Paris, je t’aime (Paris, I love you)
- Entre les Murs (The Class)
- French Postcards
- Le Petit Nicholas (Little Boy Nicholas)
- L’Auberge Espanole (Spanish Apartment)
- Russian Dolls
- À la folie… pas du tout (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not)
- Les Choristes (The Chorus)
- Notre Dame de Paris
Bucket list films
- The Davinchi Code
Do you have any suggestions?
In completely unrelated news, The Hunger Games movie comes out in 2 WEEKS! I recently got sucked into reading the trilogy and I am now obsessed. If you haven’t read Suzanne Collins’ Best Sellers, it is definitely a MUST READ.