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Explore France through Film

Photo by Nick Karvounis

Take a cinematic tour of France with these classic and contemporary films that were made in various French regions. These contemporary and classic films will transport you far and wide, from Martinique to Brittany and Marseille to Guadeloupe. 

Explore the map to find films that feature different regions of France and French territories. View a full list of film recommendations below. 

 

Films 

L'Or des Mers (1932) | Brittany
An outcasted fisherman living in a working-class town finds a treasure chest that everyone assumes is gold.

Amélie (2001) | Paris
A comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making.

Chocolat (2000) | Burgundy
A romantic comedy about a young ds mother who moves to the fictional French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie.

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) | Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story, this film chronicles a battle of two restaurants in a village one by an Indian family and the other, a lofty Michelin-starred restaurant.

A Good Year (2006) | Luberon
A failed London banker inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.

Love Actually (2003) | Marseille
A Christmas-themed romantic comedy in which various people fall in and out of love in interlocking stories.

Jacquot de Nantes (1993) | Nantes
The portrait of filmmaker Jacques Demy follows his formative years in 1940s.

L'Horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) | Lyon
A French police inspector tells a quiet man that his son is a killer.

De Rouille et d’Os (2012) | Cannes
Ali, a struggling boxer and single father, develops a relationship with Stéphanie, a woman who had both legs amputated following an accident.

To Catch a Thief (1955) | Nice
Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, this film tells the story of a notorious retired burglar who goes on a mission to clear his name after a series of jewel robberies is committed in his style.

The Boat (1981) | La Rochelle
A German war movie in which a submarine patrols the Atlantic Ocean during World War II, manned by a crew that must contend with tense conflicts and long stretches of confined boredom.

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008) | Bergues
A French postman is assigned to work in Northern France instead of the coveted Cote d'Azur, and must handle his wife’s depressive state as well as an unfamiliar language and culture.

Saving Private Ryan (1988) | Calvados
A powerful dramatized re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and its  immediate aftermath.

Séraphine (2008) | Senlis
A historical dramatization of legendary painter and outsider artist Séraphine "de Senlis" Louis toiling as a maidservant in the homes of the bourgeoisie.

Bon Voyage (2003) | Bordeaux
In June 1940, an escaped prisoner follows his former lover on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Paris.

Plaire, aimer et courir vite (2018) | Rennes
Arthur a twenty-year old student has a summer affair with Jacques, a writer living in Paris with his young son.

Les Plages d’Agnès (2008) | Hérault
An inside look into French filmmaker Agnes Varda’s life through a combination of photographs, recreations and scenes from her films as she revisits French locales that played important roles in her life.

La Baie des Anges (1963) | Côte d'Azur
A young bank employee takes up a recent interest in gambling and falls in love with a divorcée in the trenches of her gambling addiction.

La règle du Jeu (1939) | Aubigny-sur-Nère
This film shows a bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II when the rich and their impoverished servants meet up at a French chateau for a party.

La cuisine au beurre (1963) | Martigues
Ferdinand returns to his hometown in London during his stay at the restaurant. Christine remarried to a Norman chef who runs Ferdinand's restaurant.

La Rue Case-Nègres (1983) | Martinique
This film is a portrait of small-town native life under French colonial rule in Martinique from the perspective of a bright boy learning to balance the value of his roots with the education opportunities in the city of Fort-de-France.

La Sirène du Mississippi (1969) | La Réunion Island
A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past.

Siméon (1992) | Guadeloupe
The ghost of a music teacher encourages a young mechanic to start a career in music.

 

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