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French Film Primer: Some Personal Favorites...

MICHAEL ACUNA
 
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
"funny, weird, wry, intelligent: one of the all time best"
Cleo from 5 to 7 (The Criterion Collection)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (The Criterion Collection)
"reeks of Parisian Street Life"
Le Boucher
Le Boucher
"Chabrol at his best"
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
The Beat That My Heart Skipped
"bristles with life: Romain Duris is unforgettable"
Kings & Queen
Kings & Queen
"a masterpiece"
Francois Truffaut's Adventures of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows / Antoine & Collette / Stolen Kisses / Bed & Board / Love on the Run) (The Criterion Collection)
Francois Truffaut's Adventures of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows / Antoine & Collette / Stolen Kisses / Bed & Board / Love on the Run) (The Criterion Collection)
"Truffaut's cinematic alter ego: a true achievement"
The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (The Criterion Collection)
The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (The Criterion Collection)
"a surrealistic dream film filled with Bunuel's master touches....even better after 30 years...brilliant!"
Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour
"a testament to Deneuve's talent and willingness to do anything in service of her Art...."
Jean-Luc Godard Collection (Breathless / Le Petit Soldat / Les Carabiniers)
Jean-Luc Godard Collection (Breathless / Le Petit Soldat / Les Carabiniers)
"a trio of Godard films that reveal his mastery of the camera and of the language of film"
Red Lights
Red Lights
"taut, intense thriller"
Last Year at Marienbad
Last Year at Marienbad
"still resonates with mystery and ambiguity after 50 years....."
The Hairdresser's Husband ( Le Mari de la coiffeuse ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - United Kingdom ]
The Hairdresser's Husband ( Le Mari de la coiffeuse ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - United Kingdom ]
"warm, sunny story with a wonderful love affair at it's center"
The Bride Wore Black
The Bride Wore Black
"moreau: incandescent"
Diary of a Chambermaid (The Criterion Collection)
Diary of a Chambermaid (The Criterion Collection)
"moreau again...."
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
"audrey tautou shreds her "Amelie" personna once and for all"
The Story of Adele H.
The Story of Adele H.
"no one plays obsessive better than isabelle adjani..."
L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)
"fun, youthful, brimming with life"
Cache (Hidden)
Cache (Hidden)
"complex, conflicted, intense, politically and socially aware..."
Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red)
Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red)
"Krzysztof Kieslowski's tribute to France: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity brought to life with a dream cast..."
The Dreamlife of Angels
The Dreamlife of Angels
"honest, brutal, devastating...not to be missed"
Entre Nous
Entre Nous
"the story of a friendship with all the attendant turmoil, both political and personal...."
Venus Beauty Institute
Venus Beauty Institute
"interesting characters in interesting situations: a gem of a film...."
Purple Noon
Purple Noon
"the talented mr ripley: alain delon at his very best"
La Tourneuse De Pages / The Page Turner
La Tourneuse De Pages / The Page Turner
"deliciously perverse, underhanded and gratifying..."
Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) [Region 2]
Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) [Region 2]
"amazing. as smart as any film ever.repeated viewings only add to its tremendous appeal."
Poison Friends
Poison Friends
"we've all known one of these. you are both repelled and attracted to him/her. as with most french films there is an edge,a bitterness: always un a pologizing for its existence."
Chaos
Chaos
"woefully neglected when it first was released, CHAOS is a tight, complicated, emotionally and socially charged thriller directed with wit and dramatic impact. a must see."
Comedy of Power
Comedy of Power
"huppert at her most ironic and slick. chabrol at the top of his distinctive powers."
A Prophet
A Prophet
"powerful, thoughtful"
Heartbeats
Heartbeats
"sweet, smart comedy: beautifully acted and written"
Let It Rain
Let It Rain
"comedy about race, class, rain. written, acted and directed by the celebrated team of bacri and jaoui."