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French Streams: The Best of French Cinema Available Online with Telescope

Elle by Paul Verhoeven

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy partners with Telescope to present French Streams, a bi-monthly selection of the best of French cinema available online. 

Telescope is the definitive resource for finding films and series from around the world. It’s free to use, with a database of 450,000 titles and one-click access to over 100 streaming services.   

Every two weeks, French Streams rounds up 5 of the greatest French Films, carefully curated around a theme, and Telescope offers different options to watch them online.  

Check back frequently on this page to discover our latest selection. 

Here is the new selection:

December 16 - 30: Appeler un chat un chat

Elle by Paul Verhoeven

A Cat in Paris by Jean-Loup Felicioli

The Baker's Wife by Marcel Pagnol

The Case of the Grinning Cat by Chris Marker

The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar

December 3 - 16: Celebrating Jean-Luc Godard's 90th Birthday

La Chinoise by Jean-Luc Godard

Godard Mon Amour by Michel Hazanavicius

Weekend by Jean-Luc Godard

Le Petit Soldat by Jean-Luc Godard

Alphaville by Jean-Luc Godard

November 18 - December 3: Celebration the French-American Friendship, Part 2 (French directors who shot in the U.S.)

Two Men in Manhattan by Jean-Pierre Melville

Model Shop by Jacques Demy

The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Mur Murs by Agnès Varda

November 4 - 17: Celebration the French-American Friendship, Part 1 (American actors who starred in French movies)

Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas (starring Kristen Stewart)

The Young Girls of Rochefort by Jacques Demy (starring Gene Kelly)

Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard (starring Jean Seberg)

The Sisters Brothers by Jacques Audaiard (starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal)

Lucy by Luc Besson (starring Scarlett Johansson)

October 21 - November 3: Paris, Je t'aime

The Lovely Month of May by Pierre Lhomme

Cléo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda

Flight of the Red Balloon by Hou Hsiao-hsien

The Lovers on the Bridge by Leos Carax

The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse

Week twenty seven - October 8: Les Sportifs

Water Lilies by Céline Sciamma 

The Big Blue by Luc Besson

The Finishers by Nils Tavernier

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection by Julien Faraut

Muhammad Ali the Greatest by William Klein

Week twenty six - September 30: Fashion Icons 

Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello

Coco Before Chanel by Anne Fontaine

Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? by William Klein

Dior and I by Frédéric Tcheng

Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas

Week twenty five - September 23: Back to School 

The Class by Laurent Cantet

The French Kissers by Riad Sattouf

Graduate First by Maurice Pialat

Graduation by Cristian Mungiu

To Be and to Have by Nicolas Philibert

Week twenty four - September 16: French Series

Call My Agent by Dominique Besnehard and Fanny Herrero

A Very Secret Service by Alexis Charrier

The Chalet by Camille Bordez-Resnais

Family Business by Igor Gotesman

The Bureau by Eric Rochant

Week twenty two - September 2: 20th Century Literary Adaptations

A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Monsieur Hire by Patrice Leconte

Diary of a Chambermaid by Luis Buñuel

Jean de Florette by Claude Berri

Jules and Jim by François Truffaut

Week twenty one - August 26: Contemporary Literary Adaptations

Heal the Living by Katell Quillévéré

Blue is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche

Mademoiselle Chambon by Stéphane Brizé

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel

Breathe by Mélanie Laurent

Week twenty - August 19: Strange World

Holy Motors by Leos Carax

The Scapegoat by Nicholas Bary

Reality by Quentin Dupieux

The Wild Boys by Bertrand Mandico

Delicatessen by Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Week nineteen - August 12: À la plage

Hotel America by André Téchiné

Pauline at the Beach by Éric Rohmer

Cycling With Molière by Philippe Le Guay

Louise by the Shore by Jean-François Laguionie

The Beaches of Agnès by Agnès Varda

Week eighteen - August 5: French Thrillers

Elle by Paul Verhoeven

Point Blank by Fred Cavayé

In the House by François Ozon

Tell No One by Guillaume Canet

Caché by Michael Haneke

Week seventeen - July 29: Crazy Love

Bad Blood by Leos Carax

Mélo by Alain Resnais

Buffet froid by Bertrand Blier

Série noire by Alain Corneau

Three Colours: White by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Week sixteen - July 22: La Côte d'Azur

Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard

The Workshop by Laurent Cantet

Swimming Pool by François Ozon

Sheherazade by Jean-Bernard Marlin

Claire's Camera by Hong Sang-soo

Week fifteen - July 15: Bandes Dessinées

Nicholas on Holiday / Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas
Dir. Laurent Tirard, 97 min, 2014.

Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2
Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche, 180 min, 2013.

Chicken with Plums / Poulet aux Prunes
Dir. Marjane Satrapi, 93 min, 2011.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec / Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec
Dir. Luc Besson, 105 min, 2010.

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix / Les 12 travaux d'Astérix
Dir. Pierre Watrin, 82 min, 1976.

Week fourteen - July 8: Bastille Day

One Nation, One King by Pierre Schöller
The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu by Antonin Peretjatko
Farewell, My Queen by Benoît Jacquot
Danton by Andrzej Wajda
Elena and Her Men by Jean Renoir

Week thirteen - July 1: Méditerrannée

The Pirogue by Moussa Touré
Zarafa by Jean-Christophe Lie
The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
Caramel by Nadine Labaki
La Collectionneuse by Éric Rohmer

Week twelve - June 24: La Jeunesse, Part 2

A Paris Education by Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Girlhood by Céline Sciamma
In the House by François Ozon
The Class by Laurent Cantet
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Week eleven - June 17: Celebrating Pride

BPM (Beats per Minute) by Robin Campillo
Summertime by Catherine Corsini
Stranger by the Lake by Alain Guiraudie
Tomboy by Céline Sciamma
Song of Love by Jean Genet

Week ten - June 10: Films on Racial Inequality and Injustice 

Les Misérables by Ladj Ly
I Am Not Your Negro​​​​​​​ by Raoul Peck
La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz
Black Panthers by Agnès Varda
Black Girl / La Noire de... by Ousmane Sembène

Week nine - June 3 : Voyages

Faces Places by Agnès Varda and JR
The Great Journey by Ismaël Ferroukhi
The Spanish Apartment by Cédric Klapisch
L'Atalante by Jean Vigo
A Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès

Week eight - May 27: La Jeunesse 

School Life by Mehdi Idir
Being 17  by André Téchiné
Goodbye First Love by Mia Hansen-Løve
Monsieur Lazhar by Philippe Falardeau
Fat Girl by Catherine Breillat

Week seven - May 20: Piccoli the Giant

We Have a Pope by Nanni Moretti
Mauvais Sang by Leos Carax
La Grande Bouffe by Marco Ferreri
Belle de Jour by Luis Buñuel
Contempt by Jean-Luc Godard

Week six - May 13: The Misfits

The Bare Necessity by Erwan Le Duc
Sauvage by Camille Vidal-Naquet
A Prophet by Jacques Audiard
La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz
Vagabond by Agnès Varda

Week Five - May 6: Artists and Their Inspiration

Camille Claudel, 1915 by Bruno Dumont
Séraphine by Martin Provost
Van Gogh by Maurice Pialat
Ulysse by Agnès Varda
The Mystery of Picasso by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Week Four - April 29: Music in Motion

Félicité by Alain Gomis
The Concert by Radu Mihăileanu
La Vie en Rose by Olivier Dahan
The Chorus by Christophe Barratier
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy

Week Three - April 22: Earth Day For Kids

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud
Oceans by Jacques Perrin
Mia and the Migoo by Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Microcosmos by Marie Pérennou
The Bear by Jean-Jacques Annaud

Week Two - April 15: Animated Worlds

Fantastic Planet by René Laloux⁣
I Lost My Body by Jérémy Clapin⁣
Dilili in Paris by Michel Ocelot⁣
My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras⁣
Funan by Denis Do⁣

Week One - April 8: Contemporary Women's Voices

Atlantics by Mati Diop
Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma
High Life by Claire Denis
Faces Places by Agnès Varda & JR
Divines by Houda Benyamina