4 French Movies for an Atmospheric Weekend

If you like me enjoy staying in on the weekends, drinking herbal tea and watching movies with some nostalgic vibe, then here are 4 French movies I strongly recommend watching this beautiful Fall.

“Come September you push down the windows you pushed up, take off the sneakers you put on, pull on the hard shoes you threw away last June. People run in the house now like birds jumping back inside clocks. One minute, porches loaded, everyone gabbing thirty to a dozen. Next minute, doors slam, talk stops, and leaves fall off trees like crazy.”

Le Weekend

Le Weekend

Little remark before we start — for me, personally, this movie was all about atmosphere and aesthetics of Paris. Trailer might trick you into thinking that there is a lot of action in this movie but it’s a little slow to be honest, in some parts you might get bored, however later on you’ll realize that you actually like it and just really want to continue watching it. Basically, let’s get to the core of the plot: two married almost-retirees decide to treat themselves for a second honeymoon and go for a weekend to Paris and rejuvenate their marriage. That’s all you need to know.

 

Lolo

Lolo

Very light French family comedy. Artsy fashion industry Parisian meets a rural nerdy tech man on a vacation and he happens to relocate to Paris for his job. They fell in love but this artsy Parisian woman has a son Lolo, who has no intention in letting any other male presence in his and his mom’s lives. Think French “Meet the Parents”.

 

Last Love 

Last Love

First of all, my French muse Clémence Poésy is in the movie. She is a Parisian dance instructor, he is an American retired professor who lost his wife and now he is living extremely depressed and lonely life in Paris. They meet accidentally but this is not a story about love, this is a story about friendship and how you can find light & life strength in the most unexpected places.

 

 

La Boum 

La Boum

If you want to know what it’s like being a teenager in Paris and in love, then I strongly recommend watching La Boum starring Sophie Marceau. I watched this movie for the first time as a teenager myself (about 13 y.o.) and since then I’m always trying to rewatch it from time to time just to reminiscent of going to similar parties at my friends’ houses, transferring to a new middle school, meeting new friends, experiencing first heartbreaks. But aside of all that, there is a really good parents story line. I remember being amazed how everyone smokes in this movie, even laying down in bed in a nightgown, this is just so French. And don’t even get me started on how fabulous her grandmother is!