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10 Films to Appease Your Stomach in August

With Films on the Green taking a break for the month of August, we’ve compiled a list of ten "gastronomic" French films to keep you busy until our return in September for two encore screenings: Donkey Skin by Jacques Demy in Fort Lee, NJ and The Grocer’s Son by Eric Guirado at Columbia University.


1. THE BIG FEAST (La grande bouffe) by Marco Ferreri, 1973

In this French-Italian film, a group of friends (played by Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, and Ugo Tognazzi) all gather at a villa one weekend for the purpose of eating themselves to death. Controversial upon its release for its satire on consumerism and the decadence of the bourgeoisie, it is now a cult favorite. Arrow Films.

Available on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, and Prime Video.


2. THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN (La graine et le mulet) by Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007

Slimane (Habib Boufares) is a shipyard worker in the French Mediterranean city of Sète. After being laid off from work, he uses his settlement money to open a couscous restaurant with the help of his ex-wife and his long-term partner’s daughter Rym (Hafsia Herzi). IFC Films.

Available on Prime Video, YouTube, and Google Play.


3. MONSIEUR GANGSTER (Les Tontons Flingeurs) by Georges Lautner, 1963

A dying mob boss nicknamed “The Mexican” asks his old friend and ex-gangster, Fernand Naudin (Lino Ventura), to come out of retirement to take over the family businesses and protect his soon to be married daughter. One of the most iconic scenes is set in a kitchen with a group of gangsters trying to make conversation while drinking a vile and strong liquor... Olive Films.

Available on Vudu.


4. MON ONCLE by Jacques Tati, 1958

Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati), a man of simple means, cannot understand why his sister’s family has moved to the suburbs, into a geometric, oppressively ultramodern home. He struggles with their new mechanical lifestyle, but still visits them for the sake of stealing away his restless nephew (Alain Becourt) from his sterile life. Mon oncle is a supremely amusing satire of mechanized living (the antiseptic kitchen) and consumer society. Janus Films.

Available on Prime Video and iTunes.


5. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Partie de campagne) by Jean Renoir, 1936

Monsieur Dufour (Andre Gabriello) takes his family to the countryside for a picnic along the banks of the Seine. While on their outing, the family meets a pair of local men who offer to take Madame Dufour (Jane Marken) and daughter, Henriette (Sylvia Bataille), boating in an effort to seduce them while Monsieur Dufour and his future son-in-law (Paul Temps) go fishing. Eventually, Henriette falls for her guide and the film goes on to chronicle their love affair over the span of a single summer afternoon. Janus Films.

Available on iTunes and Prime Video.


6. VATEL by Roland Joffé, 2000

It is 1671 and France is at war with Holland. Prince of Condé, on the verge of bankruptcy, invites King Louis XIV to his country chateau for a three-day feast of epic proportions. Desperate for a commission as a general, the prince spares no expenses and places François Vatel (Gérard Depardieu), a man of low birth but high talents, in charge of organizing the festivities. Miramax.

Available on Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and iTunes.


7. MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS (Minuscule, la vallée des fourmis perdues) by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud, 2013

In a peaceful little valley, a group of black ants discover a box of sugar in the remains of an abandoned picnic. This, however, sparks warfare with a tribe of red ants. A young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. He befriends one the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save his anthill from the assault of the red ant warriors. Futurikon.

Available on Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, and Hulu.


8. BACK TO BURGUNDY (Ce qui nous lie) by Cédric Klapisch, 2018

After leaving 10 years ago, Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns home to Burgundy when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette (Ana Giradot) and brother Jérémie (François Civil), the three have to learn to reestablish their relationship and trust each other as they work and manage the family’s wine estate. Music Box Films.

Available on YouTube and Google Play.


9. DELICATESSEN by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, 1991

In post-apocalyptic France, butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) owns an apartment complex which is a popular place to live, thanks to his ability to find meat despite the horrible living conditions outside. His newest handyman, Louison (Dominique Pinon), a former circus clown, thinks he has found the perfect place to live, until he discovers where the meat comes from and that he may be the next main course. Lionsgate.

Available on Google Play, YouTube, Prime Video, Vudu, and iTunes.


10. RAW (Grave) by Julia Ducournau, 2016

In this horror film, lifelong vegetarian, Justine (Garance Marillier) enters veterinary school where she is forced to partake in a hazing ritual. After being doused with blood and eating raw rabbit’s kidneys, Justine begins to develop an overwhelming craving for meat... Focus Features.

Available on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Prime Video, and Netflix.