French sources (for intermediate or advanced learners)!
Hi :) Some time ago I asked my followers to suggest me some films/books/tv series/general sources to improve my French, and a lot of you (more than I excpected) answered. If you have other suggestions, please reblog this post and spread the knowledge! So, here you are the list of all the books/films/singers you suggested, I hope it will help some of you, too:
Si c'était vrai…, Marc Levy
Comment je suis devenu stupide, Martin Page
Huis clos, Jean-Paul Sartre
Mateo Falcone, Prosper Mérimée
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, Éric-Emmanuel Schmidt
Persepolis (x) – One of the best graphic novel adaptations of all time, this autobiographical animated feature follows the early life of Marjane Satrapi as she grows up in revolutionary Iran.
La Vie en Rose (x) – The César-winning biopic is about the surprisingly tragic and short life of France’s all-time most beloved songstress, the lovely Edith Piaf. This is Marion Cotillard’s best performance by far.
Les Intouchables (x) – The most modern recently made entry on the list, this film was voted to be THE French cultural event of 2011. It has a lot to say about some complicated subjects but at its core is still a great story about people.
La Grande Illusion (x) – It might be impossible to understate the cultural impact of this 1930’s drama about French prisoners during WWI. It’s a masterful piece of art and it’s responsible for the creation of the Cannes Film Festival. That said, it does feel dated at times. The action scenes that would have thrilled Depression-era audiences are rather dull by today’s standards.
A Bout de Souffle (x) – The quintessential French New Wave movie. It’s very good if you know a little about the historical context, i.e. how many generally accepted rules about cinema this movie was breaking, and try to appreciate it as a piece of art. However, it does feel slow at several spots.
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (x) – This movie is the adaptation of an autobiography written in the last days of a man’s life as he succumbs to Locked In Syndrome. It’s very powerful and always leaves me thinking about life and human interaction.