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French and German film recommendations?

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littlemisscomper · 15/11/2018 23:36

I'm looking to get one for my mum's stocking but I don't know what's any good. Ideally I'd like a family friendly comedy (Petit Nicolas was a huge hit!) or else a proper 5* film that has you properly gripped. If it's French it'll need English subtitles. Any recommendations?

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Igneococcus · 16/11/2018 06:39

Good bye Lenin
Run Lola Run
and not a comedy: The Lives of Others

Tokelau · 16/11/2018 06:42

Jean de Florette

The8thMonth · 16/11/2018 06:44

Second for Good bye Lenin.

Diorissimo1985 · 16/11/2018 06:51

Came on here to suggest The Lives of Others - SO gripping.
Goodbye Lenin also great, as PP suggested.

It's very silly but Bienvenu Chez Les Ch'tis is good family viewing I think. Made us laugh anyway!

Xiaoxiong · 16/11/2018 06:55

Les Visiteurs - with Jean reno
Mon oncle or Monsieur Hulot's holiday, both jaques tati
The triplets of Belleville
The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie
La cage aux folles (the French original of the birdcage)

FestiveForestieraNoel · 16/11/2018 06:56

The Intouchables

cortex10 · 16/11/2018 07:00

Mon Pere Ces Heros with Gérard Depardieu

Summergarden · 16/11/2018 07:01

Untouchable (French film)

Slydiad · 16/11/2018 07:02

Yes yes to Amelie and The Triplets of Belleville!

FestiveForestieraNoel · 16/11/2018 07:04

Etre et avoir
The Chorus ( Les Choristers)

Not so much family films but 5 star:
Three Colours series
Au Revoir Les enfants

littlemisscomper · 16/11/2018 17:45

Thanks everyone! I've ordered 'Untouchables'. I really hope she'll like it as she's awfully fussy. She hated 'Amelie'. I've not seen that one myself but i now it's very highly rated.

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Ceebeegee · 16/11/2018 21:23

Romantics anonymous is a fun film. It's not a family friendly film as such , but a fun romantic comedy

Ceebeegee · 16/11/2018 21:23

Downfall is a great film but very serious

MinervaMaronne · 16/11/2018 21:28

Loads of the above


Le Dîner des Cons. It's very funny.

MinervaMaronne · 16/11/2018 21:29

Les Bronzés Font du Ski. Not the other Bronzé films though.

notacooldad · 16/11/2018 21:29

OP I hope it is the Intouchables you have ordered and not the untouchables The later is a gangster film.
The Intouchables is brilliant.

Also have a look at the German film have a look at the 2008 film The Wave
It is based on a social experiment. Very good.

MatchsticksForMyEyesReturns · 16/11/2018 21:32

Les Choristes, Les Intouchables, Ascension, La Famille Bélier, Le Petit Nicolas, Belle et Sébastien 1 and 2, Huit Femmes, Swimming Pool, La Vie En Rose.

Howlongtillbedtime · 16/11/2018 21:33

I love Delicatessen
Man bites dog however is not quite so charming

notacooldad · 16/11/2018 21:42

Came on here to suggest The Lives of Others - SO gripping
Same!! Dp and I went to the cinema to see this and enjoyed it.

littlemisscomper · 16/11/2018 22:03

@notacooldad This one, about the unlikely carer! That's what you had in ind right?

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littlemisscomper · 16/11/2018 22:09


Downfall is fantastic! Probably the best acting I've ever seen from the man playing Hitler. I still feel pretty traumatised from the scene when Goebbels' children are killed though, so I know it wouldn't be suitable for my mum.

She didn't like Belle et Sébastien, Petit Nicholas 2 or Etre Et Avoir. She really is impossible to please!

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notacooldad · 16/11/2018 22:10

That's the one! I love it.
Incidentally on my flight to Australia last year I watched a Bollywood remake of it. That was really good as well!

Thomasinaa · 16/11/2018 22:11

The. Tunnel. Gripping.

eggofmantumbi · 16/11/2018 22:12

Samba and tell no one are both good

Skippingabeat · 16/11/2018 22:19

"Mais qu'est ce qu'on a fait au bon Dieu?", one of the funniest movies I've ever seen

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