Lose yourself in these magical Paris films
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Because Sometimes, Life Sucks
 

Because Sometimes, Life Sucks

 
The best films are like Dior ballgowns, one-way plane tickets, and the crook of your boyfriend's neck: pure escapes from reality. That goes double for films set in Paris. We asked Parisian cinephile Manon Kerjean, the founder of Lost in Frenchlation (a French film club that hosts screenings subtitled in English) for three immersive Paris films to lose yourself in when life goes to la merde, eg. losing Johnny Hallyday today (who was basically France's favorite uncle with a guitar.) Her recs below.

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991) The Lovers on the Bridge



"Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, directed by Leos Carax, features one of Paris's bridges, the Pont-Neuf (New Bridge), ironically the oldest in Paris. Michèle (Juliette Binoche) meets and falls in love with a homeless man Alex (Denis Lavant), and they make a living on Pont-Neuf. The film features stunning backdrops of the Seine and of Parisian streets along with the unfolding story of Michèle and Alex’s love as Michèle loses her eyesight. A beautiful love story showcasing poverty, but also passion in Paris."

Fauteuils d'Orchestre (2006) Avenue Montaigne/Orchestra Seats



"Avenue Montaigne, directed by Danièle Thompson, follows the journey of an orphan, Jessica (Cécile de France), as she navigates the Paris entertainment industry while working as a waiter at a café on Avenue Montaigne. Light and dreamy, this French comedy shows the lives and problems of the French elite intertwined with that of a working woman."

Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants (2004) Happily Ever After


 
"lls se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants is a story of three men in their early forties still trying to grasp the concept of love in their respective relationships: one who no longer gets along with his wife but can’t seem to break it off, one who is in an affair, and one who lives the bachelor life. Need I mention that this film even features a scene with Johnny Depp? Speaking French? ;) Yup, that’s what I thought."

Quoted text by Manon Kerjean & Amber Liu. In Paris? Catch Lost in Frenchlation's English-subtitled screening of Jeune Femme this Friday (it won the Golden Camera award at Cannes this year, FYI.) Everyone who flashes this email gets a free glass of wine before the movie starts. De rien. 
 
 
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