Thursday, September 17, 2009

Le fils de l'épicier (2007) (The Grocer's Son)

Voici un message que j'ai reçu de la part de smithbrooklyn:

Hi Remy,
Its me again, your favorite Brooklyn Francophile with a movie recommendation for you and your students.
Le fils de l'épicier (2007), The Grocers Son by Eric Guirado. I rented this from my local library. Nobody will be offended by this film. In my opinion it can be watched by anybody over the age of about 14, but I will let you be the judge of that. It won awards at two different film festivals. It is in French with English subtitles. I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice ! I love the scenery; the French countryside is a lot different than my neck of the woods in Brooklyn.
à bientôt.

I recommend you first watch the trailer without subtitles (full immersion style) then the version with the subtitles and back to the version without and see what happens :)
Let me know...

Here's the trailer without subtitles

And this is the trailer with subtitles


thenakedsingularity said...


First of all, I been listening to your lessons and they are great. Thank you so much for doing them and I learned a lot from them.

Second, I want to also learn French from watching French films, on top of other things. The film I picked is "Parapluies de Cherbourg" because I like the film and it is simple, language wise. However, I am not able to find any DVDs with French subtitles or the movie script in French. Do you happen to know where I can find it?

If not, would you recommend a film for a beginner to follow and learn French from?

merci beaucoup!


Rémy said...

I couldn't find the movie script for "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" anywhere.
I'm a fan of composer Michel Legrand.
I'm glad to see that you are a fan of "2001" and "2010".
As to recommending a french film for beginner, I wouldn't really know of one. French films tend to be dialog driven for the most part.
I do recommend the following films however:
L' Effrontée, Amelie, The Chorus, The Closet, Au Revoir Les Enfants, The Two of Us, The Dinner Game, La Folie Des Grandeurs, Donkey Skin, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Small Change, Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring / Forbidden Games / Army of Shadows (L'Armée des Ombres) / Le Professionnel / Le Cercle Rouge / Dirty Money (Un Flic)/ Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres). Also and although not a french film do rent Mr. Bean's Holiday.

thenakedsingularity said...

Thanks for taking the time to search for me and your movie recommendations. I have seen Amelie, Au Revoir Les Enfants, and the Army of shadows on your list and I like them.

Anonymous said...

I recommend "Ensemble c'est tout"! lovely story and the language is guite simple. I can also recommend L'Auberge Espagnole and Les Poupees Russes by Cédric Klapisch. Both great movies! Some other good French movies: Fauteuils d'orchestre, ma vie en l'air, ma femme est une actrice, Bienvenue chez les shit's, à la folie..pas du tout, la fille sur le pont, Ne le dis à personne.

I also found that a great way to learn new words in French is to watch basically everything with French subtitles! Especially sitcoms (like friends for example) where the language is simple and the same words get repeated a lot. Try doing this for a while and then watch one episode without the subs and your brain will start translating the things being said into french words you didn't even know you knew!:)And to balance up, watch a lot of french movies to hear the pronunciation of words!

oh and I'm Ingrid..:) thanks for great lessons Remy!

Rémy said...

Merci Ingrid!


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