Enough said and discussed about Hollywood! Now let us, for a change, look at something else. While die-hard Hollywood fans might scoff at such a blunt statement, the fact remains that a lot of us haven’t really explored anything beyond the glitzy world of Los Angeles. Does the word French cinema ring a bell? If it does, it might be helpful to understand that the movie industry in France has traditionally produced some of the finest pieces of global cinema. In fact, the revered French New Wave, a movement that revolutionized the concept of cinema back in the sixties, imparted a new dimension to the medium.
Overall, French movies have always been known to be quality products of cinema. In this article, we list down the top French movies of all time. Again, this list is democratically open to discussions and debates. You can also watch some of these best French movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
13. Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Krzysztof Kieslowski is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. And it’s sad to think that the man died when he was at his absolute peak. While he has directed several acclaimed works throughout his career, The ‘Three Colors’ trilogy remains his most famous work and ‘Blue’ his most emotional and ambitious film. ‘Blue’ follows a woman named Julie (Juliette Binoche) who is devastated after an accident took the lives of her husband and their young daughter. She tries to isolate herself away from the surroundings and the people she knows in order to forget the tragedy and evade the pain. But as she begins her journey, she realizes that it’s impossible to live in a world without human interaction and bonding.
Binoche is brilliant in the lead role and delivers what could arguably be considered one of the greatest acting performances of the 90s. Like all great actors, she manages to understand the vision of the filmmaker and then gets into the skin of the character with astonishing ease and elegance. Music is another important aspect of the film that plays a key role in driving the narrative forward. Almost every scene is defined by music — or the lack of it. One of the most famous scenes in the film is of course the coffee scene. A man plays a haunting piece on a flute outside a restaurant where Julie is having coffee. Kieslowski focuses on the sugar cube absorbing the coffee, while the music plays in the background, for about 6 seconds. It is one of the most meditative cinematic experiences you’ll ever have.
It’s a shame that Kieslowski’s work still remains largely unexplored by film lovers outside of Europe, and it’s with lists like these that we hope we could reach out to everyone and help people explore the work of a true master who deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Bergman or Tarkovsky.
12. The Wages of Fear (1953)