Light French Films for a Great Mood

My Best Friend/Mon meilleur ami, 2006

My Best Friend/Mon meilleur ami, 2006

In his film, Patrice Leconte explores the meaning of friendship and what it takes to establish lasting friendships. The protagonist, Francois, is more attached to his work as an antique dealer than to people, and even at the funeral of an acquaintance, he’s fishing for a bargain, so fond of the deceased’s dresser. So you understand that François and the concept of friendship are incompatible, especially according to his partner Catherine, who offers the hero a bet: if he within a few days introduces her to his friend, she will give him a valuable vase. And he begins his search in a bookstore, pestering strangers, at lectures, and he finds it in a cab! A wonderful, touching picture with the equally wonderful Dany Boone and Daniel Otoy.

Women of the 6th Floor/Les femmes du 6ème étage, 2010

Women of the 6th Floor/Les femmes du 6ème étage, 2010

The events of this film take place in Paris in the 1960s. The hero, Jean-Louis, seems to have everything-a family, a career, and a beautiful home. But when his housekeeper quits her job, Jean is faced with the problem of finding an assistant for his beloved wife. And then he discovers that the women living in his house on the 6th floor are Spanish maids. Jean gives a job to one of them, Maria, and she, in turn, becomes his guide to the world of ordinary people who work day and night to earn money for their families. The film itself is categorized as a comedy, but it’s probably a mix of genres – a little drama, a little comedy, and in the end, it’s a beautiful and warm movie.

Tenderness/La délicatesse, 2011

TendernessLa-delicatesse-2011

Tenderness was based on the novel of the same name by David Fonkinos and tells the story of Nathalie. Her happiness crumbles when her husband dies in an accident. Trying to survive the loss, the protagonist goes headlong into her work. She is promoted in her career. But loved ones try to convince Natalie not to close down and not to withdraw into themselves. And one day, succumbing to some inexplicable impulse, she kisses her colleague, who came to her on business matters. A light and airy film that once again reminds us that appearances aren’t everything, and life gives us second chances.

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