Madame Simpson

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1.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
2.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
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Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened. (120 mins.)
“ A series of short films (5 minutes each) by 20 different directors. The shorts are set in the different arrondissements of Paris. ” - madame-simpson
 
3.
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ A French-made silent film that won an Oscar for Best Picture. ” - madame-simpson
 
4.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ Similar in tone to the American film Juno. ” - madame-simpson
 
5.
La Vie en Rose (2007)
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The life story of singer Édith Piaf. (140 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ Edith Piaf is an icon of French culture. See Madame Simpson's YouTube channel for a couple of her best known songs. ” - madame-simpson
 
6.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
7.
My Mother's Castle (1990)
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Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region... (98 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
“ The spoken French in this film is easier for beginning students to understand than in some of the other films on the list. ” - madame-simpson
 
8.
L'amour fou (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge. (98 mins.)
“ Poetic, beautifully spoken French. ” - madame-simpson
 
9.
The Class (2008)
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Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
“ This film is a docu-drama. The main character is playing himself as the teacher in a rough neighborhood in Paris. The story and the students portrayed by the other characters are based on incidents and people from his life experience. ” - madame-simpson
 
10.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (139 mins.)
“ Some graphic violent and sexual scenes. ” - madame-simpson
 
11.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
 
12.
The Chorus (2004)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. (97 mins.)
 
13.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
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Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ Starring Audrey Tautou, the actress in Amélie. ” - madame-simpson
 
14.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ One of Madame Simpson's favorite films, about the dignity and joy of life in devastating circumstances. ” - madame-simpson
 
15.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
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In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
 
16.
Indochine (1992)
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This story is set in 1930, at the time when French colonial rule in Indochina is ending. A widowed French woman who works in the rubber fields... (159 mins.)
Director: Régis Wargnier
“ Catherine Deneuve is an acclaimed, and very beautiful, French actress. ” - madame-simpson
 
17.
The Horseman on the Roof (1995)
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In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband. (135 mins.)
 
18.
Jean de Florette (1986)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
19.
Manon of the Spring (1986)
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. (113 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
“ Part 2 of Jean de Florette. ” - madame-simpson
 
20.
The Women on the 6th Floor (2010)
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In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids. (102 mins.)
 
21.
Priceless (2006)
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Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he's a wealthy suitor. (106 mins.)
“ Starring Audrey Tautou, the actress in Amélie. ” - madame-simpson
 
22.
L'auberge espagnole (2002)
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A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship. (122 mins.)
 
23.
8 Women (2002)
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One murdered man, eight women, each seeming to be more eager than the others to know the truth. Gimme, gimme, gimme some clues to make up my mind. And eventually enter the truth. Oh, thou cruel woman! (111 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
24.
The Dinner Game (1998)
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To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime... (80 mins.)
Director: Francis Veber
 
25.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
“ From the director of Amélie. Some brief sexual scenes. ” - madame-simpson
 
26.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki