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2019 French Movies

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis on July 23, 2019
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My list of Best 2019 French Movies – Practice your French with this French English bilingual article about the French movies I saw in 2019

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Bonjour, je m’appelle David et je suis un ancien Ă©lĂšve de français par Skype de Camille et d’Olivier. J’habite Ă  Melbourne, en Australie, et j’étudie le français depuis plusieurs annĂ©es.

Hi, my name is David and I am a former French Skype student of both Camille and Olivier’s. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I have been studying French for quite a few years.

J’essaie de pratiquer la langue française autant que possible, tout en vivant en Australie, et j’ai trouvĂ© qu’une trĂšs bonne façon de faire ça est d’aller voir autant de films français que possible.

I try to get as much practice with the French language as possible while still living in Australia and I have found that one good way to this this is to go to see as many French movies as possible.

Bien que l’Australie soit trĂšs loin d’à peu prĂšs tout le reste du monde, nous ne manquons certainement pas d’une grande diversitĂ© d’activitĂ©s culturelles. L’Alliance française d’Australie organise depuis 30 ans un festival annuel du film français. Le festival s’est beaucoup dĂ©veloppĂ© au cours des annĂ©es et a gagnĂ© en popularitĂ©, de sorte qu’il prĂ©sente maintenant plus de 50 films par an dans toute l’Australie Ă  plus de 185 000 spectateurs au cours du mois de mars.

Even though Australia is very far from most of the rest of the world, we are certainly not lacking in a large diversity of cultural activities. For the last 30 years the Alliance Française in Australia has been organizing an annual French Film festival, which has grown in size and popularity so that it now presents more than 50 films each year throughout Australia to more than 185,000 attendees during the month of March.

Le plus grand nombre de films que j’ai vus pendant un festival est 15, mais je n’en ai vu que 11 cette annĂ©e. Sachant que Camille, et en particulier Olivier, sont des cinĂ©philes enthousiastes, je pensais qu’il serait intĂ©ressant pour eux de lire un bref rĂ©sumĂ© de chacun des films français que j’ai vus cette annĂ©e.

The largest number of films that I have seen during a Festival is 15, but I only saw 11 this year. Knowing that both Camille, and particularly Olivier, are keen cinephiles, I thought it would be interesting for them to read a brief summary of each of the French films that I saw this year.

De plus, bien sûr, étant donné que je devrais écrire cela en français, ce serait un bon exercice pour moi ! Voici donc mes petits commentaires sur 11 des films récemment présentés en Australie lors du 30Úme festival du film français en 2019.

Plus, of course, given that I should write it in French, it would be good practice for me! So here are my short comments on 11 of the French films which were recently screened here in Australia during the 30th French Film Festival in 2019.

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1 – 2019 French Movie “Au Bout Des Doigts”

Lambert Wilson, Kristin Scott Thomas et Jules Benchetrit

J’ai beaucoup aimĂ© ce film, principalement parce que j’aime les deux acteurs principaux et la musique est belle. Cependant, la trame du film est trĂšs prĂ©visible et on peut voir la fin venir de loin.

I really liked this film, mainly because I like the two main actors and the music is beautiful. However, the plot of the film is very predictable and we can see the end coming from a mile away.

2 – 2019 French Movie “En LibertĂ©”

AdĂšle Haenel, Pio MarmaĂŻ et Audrey Tautou

C’est une comĂ©die loufoque. Il y a de bonnes scĂšnes d’action, des moments trĂšs drĂŽles, mais la trame est trop ridicule.

It’s a crazy comedy. There are some good action scenes, some very funny moments, but the plot is too ridiculous.

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3 – 2019 French Movie “La Promesse de l’Aube”

Pierre Niney et Charlotte Gainsbourg

C’est un bon film, Charlotte Gainsbourg joue le rĂŽle d’une mĂšre juive qui a de grandes attentes pour son fils et il passe la plus part de sa vie en essayant d’y rĂ©pondre, et a finalement rĂ©ussi.

It’s a good movie, Charlotte Gainsbourg plays the role of a Jewish mother who has high expectations for her son and he spends most of his life trying to live up to them, and finally succeeds.

4 – 2019 French Movie “Photo de Famille”

Vanessa Paradis, Camille Cotin, Piere Deladonchamps, Jean-Pierre Bacri et Chantal Lauby

C’est un film typique au sujet d’une famille dĂ©sunie qui s’est finalement rĂ©uni par la mort du grand-pĂšre et le besoin de s’occuper de la grand-mĂšre. Sans grand intĂ©rĂȘt, Ă  mon avis.

This is a typical film about a dysfunctional family which is finally reunited by the death of the grandfather and the need to care for the grandmother. Not very interesting, in my opinion.

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5 – 2019 French Movie “Le Grand Bain”

Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Amalric et Benoit Poelvoorde

J’ai apprĂ©ciĂ© ce film plus que je ne l’aurai imaginĂ©. La trame est trĂšs prĂ©visible et c’est un film plein de bons sentiments qui rĂ©chauffent le cƓur, trĂšs rĂ©confortant, qui contient des moments trĂšs drĂŽles et aussi des moments dramatiques.

I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would. The plot is very predictable and it’s very much a “feel good” movie, very comforting, which contains some very funny moments and also some dramatic moments.

6 – 2019 French Movie “La derniĂšre Folie de Claire Darling”

Catherine Deneuve et Chiara Mastroiani

Une histoire un peu bizarre Ă  propos d’une veuve qui se rĂ©veille un matin et dĂ©cide d’avoir un vide grenier et de vendre toutes ses possessions parce qu’elle croit qu’elle va mourir cette nuit-lĂ . La trame rĂ©vĂšle, trĂšs lentement, les dĂ©tails Ă  propos de sa relation troublĂ©e avec sa fille et la fin est trĂšs «explosive».

A weird story about a widow who wakes up one morning and decides to have a garage sale and sell all her belongings because she thinks she’s going to die that night. The plot reveals, very slowly, the details about her troubled relationship with her daughter and the end is very “explosive”.

Le film progresse trĂšs lentement, mais Lois (ma femme) et moi, nous avons aimĂ© parce que presque tout le film se passe dans une veille maison grandiose qui contient de magnifiques meubles anciens, ce que Lois et moi avons trouvĂ© trĂšs intĂ©ressant, en fait plus intĂ©ressant que le film lui-mĂȘme !

The film progresses very slowly, but Lois (my wife) and I loved it because almost all the film takes place in a grandiose old-fashioned home that contains beautiful antique furniture, which Lois and I found very interesting, actually more interesting than the movie itself!

7 – 2019 French Movie “Pupille”

Sandrine Kiberlain et Gilles Lelouche

Ce n’est pas un film pour tout le monde. Il parle des processus et des assistants sociaux qui sont impliquĂ©s dans l’adoption d’un bĂ©bĂ©. Lois et moi l’avons bien aimĂ©, c’est trĂšs bien jouĂ© et c’est intĂ©ressant de comprendre la complexitĂ© de la dĂ©marche.

It’s not a movie for everyone. It’s about the processes and social workers who are involved in adopting a baby. Lois and I liked it, it’s very well done and it’s interesting to understand the complexity of the process.

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8 – 2019 French Movie “Celle que Vous Croyez”

Juliette Binoche et François Civil

C’est une histoire trĂšs actuelle Ă  propos de quelqu’un qui se fait passĂ© pour quelqu’un d’autre sur l’internet et les rĂ©sultats. Juliette Binoche est superbe dans le rĂŽle principal, elle est Ă  l’écran pour Ă  peu prĂšs 90% du film et elle porte vraiment le film.

It’s a very modern story which talks about someone who impersonate someone else on the internet and the results. Juliette Binoche is wonderful in the main role, she is on screen about 90% of the film and she really carries the movie.

9 – 2019 French Movie “Un homme PressĂ©”

Fabrice Luchini

C’est une histoire trĂšs simple Ă  propos d’un homme mariĂ© Ă  son travail qui n’a jamais assez de temps pour sa famille et donc il se trouve Ă©loignĂ© de sa femme et sa fille. Un jour il a une attaque vasculaire cĂ©rĂ©brale (AVC) et pendant sa convalescence il se rend finalement compte que la vie est plus que le travail. En consĂ©quence, il devient une meilleure et plus aimable personne et finalement il se rĂ©concilie avec sa fille.

This is a very simple story about a man married to his work who never has enough time for his family and so he finds himself distanced from his wife and daughter. One day he has a stroke and during his convalescence he finally realizes that life is more than just about work. As a result, he becomes a better and kinder person and eventually he is reconciled with his daughter.

Je suis allĂ© voir ce film parce que j’aime Fabrice Luchini, et aussi parce qu’il parle français trĂšs bien et trĂšs clairement, mais pendant la plus part de ce film, Ă  cause de son AVC, il parle trĂšs bizarrement et c’est dommage !

I went to see this film because I like Fabrice Luchini, and also because he speaks French very well and very clearly, but during most of this film, because of his stroke, he speaks very oddly and that’s a shame!

10 – 2019 French Movie “GrĂące Ă  Dieu”

Melville Poupaud, Denis MĂ©nochet et Swann Arlaud

C’est un film Ă  propos des victimes d’un prĂȘtre catholique qui les a agressĂ©s sexuellement quand ils Ă©taient enfants, et leurs tentatives de le porter en justice. Le film n’a rien en commun avec les autres films d’Ozon et c’est plus comme un documentaire dramatisĂ©, donc, pour cette raison c’est un peu dĂ©cevant. C’est trĂšs bien jouĂ©, mais ça manque de rebondissements qui sont typiques des films d’Ozon.

This is a film about the victims of a Catholic priest who sexually molested them when they were children, and their attempts to bring him to justice. The film has nothing in common with Ozon’s other films and it’s more like a dramatized documentary, so for that reason it’s a little disappointing. It’s very well played, but it lacks the twists and turns that are typical of Ozon movies.

11 – 2019 French Movie “Un people et Son Roi”

AdĂšle Heanel et Gaspard Ulliel.

J’ai appris beaucoup Ă  propos de la rĂ©volution française ! Malheureusement, ce film ne semble pas pouvoir dĂ©cider s’il veut traiter de l’histoire d’amour entre les deux jeunes protagonistes, ou la rĂ©volution elle-mĂȘme. La combinaison des deux thĂšmes ne marche pas pour moi.

I learned a lot about the French Revolution! Unfortunately, this film doesn’t seem to be able to decide if it wants to deal with the love story between the two central characters, or the revolution itself. The combination of the two themes doesn’t work for me.

Et vous ? Avez-vous vu des films français récents ? Si oui, partagez le titre et vos impressions dans les commentaires ci-dessous !

What about you? Did you watch any recent French movies? If so, share the title and your feelings in the comments below!

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