TOP 30 Recent French Movies (2000-2017)by hafizou38 | created - 07 Jan 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
I'm a French film buff and I suggest this list of priorities to people interested in French (art) cinema.
I add a wonderful 30' film (missing from IMDb): 'IT WAS ON EARTH THAT I KNEW JOY' by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier. You can watch it in English on Vimeo.
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1. A Christmas Tale (2008)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Drama
The troubled Vuillard family is no stranger to illness, grief, and banishment, but when their matriarch requires a bone-marrow transplant, the estranged clan reunites just in time for Christmas.
Votes: 5,961 | Gross: $1.06M
3. House of Tolerance (2011)
Not Rated | 122 min | Drama
Life in an elegant Parisian brothel in the early twentieth century. The madam essentially owns the women: their expenses exceed earnings, they are in debt. They face problems of pregnancy, ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,101 | Gross: $0.02M
7. Irène (2009)
83 min | Drama
A video diary shot and recorded by the filmmaker, using little more than his imagination and the happenstance and flow of the everyday, finally layering in a lifetime of memories.
8. Profils paysans: La Vie moderne (2008)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
Third documentary of a trilogy produced on the long term (together with Profils paysans: l'approche (2001) and Profils paysans: le quotidien (2005)), showing the simple lives of farmers in contemporary Southern France.
9. Le fils (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Votes: 7,783 | Gross: $0.07M
10. Le pornographe (2001)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama
Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60s counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »
11. Steak (2007)
82 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
George is the scapegoat of his classmates. One day he cracks and shoots them. His best and only friend Blaise is accused in his place and sentenced to 7 years in a psychiatric hospital. At ... See full summary »
12. Summer Hours (2008)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family
Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.
Votes: 6,033 | Gross: $1.64M
13. Les rencontres d'après minuit (2013)
Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Around midnight, a young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen.
14. L'ombre des femmes (2015)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Romance
Pierre and Manon are a pair of poor documentary makers, who scrape by with odd jobs. When Pierre meets young trainee Elisabeth, he falls for her, but wants to keep Manon at the same time. ... See full summary »
Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.05M
15. Choses secrètes (2002)
Unrated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,007 | Gross: $0.10M
16. Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001)
PG-13 | 154 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Quick-witted, well-read cultured types revolve around each other in a delightful potpourri of theatre, romanticism and theft.
Votes: 2,163 | Gross: $0.91M
Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History
In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.
22. The Class (2008)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 31,285 | Gross: $3.77M
24. 120 battements par minute (2017)
143 min | Drama
Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
Votes: 5,854 | Gross: $0.12M
25. The Lady and the Duke (2001)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Romance
During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
Votes: 2,316 | Gross: $0.33M
26. Les herbes folles (2009)
PG | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner, it is not a simple matter for Georges to turn the red ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,355 | Gross: $0.40M
27. The Secret of the Grain (2007)
Not Rated | 151 min | Drama
In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.
Votes: 5,966 | Gross: $0.09M
150 min | Documentary
Ode, in black and white, to immigrants, from Calais, from elsewhere.
Director: Sylvain George
29. Origins of the 21st Century (2000)
13 min | Short, Documentary
Commissioned by the heads of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival to make an opening-night short commemorating cinema as it enters its second full century, Godard instead offers up a 17-minute ... See full summary »