This is the last installment in the three-part series.
“We’ll always have Paris,” Rick says to Ilsa in Casablanca. It is a sentiment shared by most people who pass through the City of Light. But even if you’ve never been there, you can “always have Paris” by watching these French movies.
A Movie List For Our Fellow Francophiles to Fall In Love With Paris All Over Again
Also featuring magical realism, Amélie follows the life of the introverted title character as she seeks to bring happiness to, and exact justice in, the human lives she observes. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film remains one of the most successful French films ever made.
2. Before Sunset
A sequel to 1995’s Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset sees Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delphy) meet again nine years later. Spending an afternoon together, they stroll through streets, visit Le Pure Café, and take a boat ride on the Seine in a series of picturesque scenes. Nominated for an Oscar, the film is successfully understated as the characters discuss everything from work to the nature of memory.
3. Midnight in Paris
The characteristic style of Woody Allen is evident throughout Midnight in Paris, which he wrote and directed, as the camera lingers upon still shots of the city in the rain, illuminated at night, and bustling by day. The film was awarded an Oscar for Best Writing, appropriate for a film that visits the literary Golden Age of Paris in the 1920s.
4. Moulin Rouge
Luhrmann’s glittering homage to the once-gritty Paris nightlife district is nothing short of a spectacle. Moulin Rouge is also daring in its vision and wildly original.
5. 2 Days in Paris
In 2 Days in Paris, Marion (Julie Delpy) and Jack (Adam Goldberg) try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion’s parents and several of her ex-boyfriends, only to prove that even in Paris, love ain’t easy.
6. Les Miserables
The streets of Hugo’s Paris are a far cry from the city we know today. Impeccably mounted but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables largely succeeds thanks to bravura performances from its distinguished cast.
7. Paris, Je t’aime
Paris, Je t’aime is a mash-up of love stories, some happy, some heartbreaking. It is a moving representation of la vie Parisienne (Parisian Life).
Love all things French? Then don’t miss the various premiere showcases of French cinema at four different venues – The Capitol, GV Plaza Singapura, Alliance Française and The Projector.
Date: 10-20 Nov
Venue: Various venues