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Le Best French Cinema

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  • 1. Le Best of French CinemaThis article was originally published on the Acclaro blog.Category: Culture It’s summertime. That means happy-go-lucky, action- packed, bigger-than-life Hollywood films. If you’re looking for something different and a way to practice another language (or get good at reading subtitles), regardez(watch) these films in French, among my favorites of le cinéma français. They take you away from the special effects and saccharine happy endings that riddle summer blockbusters, and invite some depth and beauty into the summer."Le grand bleu" (The Big Blue) 1988You’ll never stare out into the ocean again and not think of this film. Two boyhood friendscompete with one another for the world free-diving championship. Stars Jean Reno, Jean-MarcBarr and Rosanna Arquette and directed by Luc Besson (also known for "La femme Nikita",another great French film). An extremely poignant, often funny and unforgettable film, despitethe dated 80s synthesizer music."Le goût des autres" (The Taste of Others) 2000Directed by Agnès Jaoui, this movie creeps up on you. Wham, at the end you’re floored by itssubtlety and truthfulness. An unappealing man falls for his charming, popular female opposite,yet the tables imperceptivity turn by the films end. A movie about human nature and thewhims of attraction."A bout de souffle" (Breathless) 1960You can watch the suave, chain-smoking Jean-Paul Belmondo all day and never tire of hissmirks and swagger. He’s perfect as a petty criminal who has to hide out with his Americangirlfriend, played by pixie Jean Seberg. The plot, however, is beside the point. What makes thefilm iconic and so watchable is its movement and self-assuredness. The director Jean-LucGodard changed all the rules with this one. After the film debuted, cinema was never the sameagain. As for the American remake starring Richard Gere, forget it.Page 1: Le Best of French Cinema Copyright © Acclaro 2012
  • 2. "Trop belle pour toi" (Too Beautiful for You) 1989How do you make the trite, overdone story of a rich man’s love affair with a secretary freshagain? You have the oafish yet charming Gerald Depardieu play the husband and the beyondgorgeous Carole Bouquet play the wife. You weave in lots of Shubert along with the giggles ofthe secretary, played by Josiane Balasko, and voilà, a smart film about what men may reallywant – perhaps a little substance over beauty. Directed and written by the proliferate BertrandBlier.Jadore these other films as well: the French Canadian film "Jésus de Montréal" (Jesus ofMontreal), "Trois coleurs: Bleu" (Three Colors: Blue), "Trois coleurs: rouge" (Three Colors:Red), "De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté" (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), "Entre les murs"(The Class), and nearly any movie with French film legend Catherine Deneuve, including"Indochine" (Indochina).About Acclaro: Acclaro is an international translation and localization company thathelps the world’s leading brands succeed across cultures. We translate websites,marketing campaigns, documents and software to give clients an authentic voice inkey language markets. North America: 1-866-468-5106 Worldwide: +1-914-468-0222 www.acclaro.com sales@acclaro.comPage 2: Le Best of French Cinema Copyright © Acclaro 2012

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