The weekend warrior within demanded a rest, so once the kids were in bed, Brian and I reveled in an evening filled with movies and wine. In the mood for something lighthearted and foreign, we perused online and found a couple flicks that fit the bill. My Francophile ways naturally steered us towards two French films that piqued our interest. One pertained to food, therefore my husband knew it would provide inspiration for me to attempt something gourmet in the kitchen. The second touched on a medley of cultures thanks to expat life, something to which we could both relate. Subtitled in English, I took advantage and tried to brush up on my French comprehension.
To us, Le Chef consisted of an unrecognizable cast, except for Jean Reno. Appreciating him from other films such as Pink Panther, we assumed a couple hours of a carefree storyline. A humorous anecdote of an expectant dad unable to hold down a job because of his passionate personality, Jacky (Michaël Youn) accidentally follows his ardor for cuisine with celebrity chef, Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno). The tale of the two along Jacky’s journey is entertaining and a fun flavor of French food, relationship dynamics as well as pursuing a dream. While cinema is saturated with French foodie films, this one does not disappoint.
Secondly, we watched Girl on a Bicycle. Offering a myriad of several cultures woven throughout a variety of interactions, we welcomed the nuances in the international banter. Living in Paris, an Italian man, Paolo (Vincenzo Amato) finally proposes to his German girlfriend Greta (Nora Tschirner). He gets cold feet and winds up running into a beautiful French woman, Cécile (Louise Monot). His initial intrigue revealed a supposed fear of family life. However, Paolo still searching for himself, unexpectedly discovers a reality that he’s more prepared than he thought. The funny sequence of events following an unfortunate accident are heart warming, offering many valuable lessons.
Thoroughly enjoyable, I recommend both for any Francophile looking to absorb a dose of French culture.
(We are Netflix fans, which is where we found these movies.)