Stoke the fire and gather round the TV, popcorn et chocolat chaud at the ready. We’ve compiled our list of our favourite winter feel good films to watch and study French. We’ll start with our ‘winter warmer’ movies, before listing some Christmas classics to get you in the festive spirit!
Learning through film is one of the most effective ways to study a language. Not only will you learn ‘real’ French vocabulary in context, you’ll also have great fun as you immerse yourself in French culture.
Amélie – 2001
Amélie is one of French international cinema’s biggest successes. Following the death of Princess Diana, Amélie decides to help those around her by secretly orchestrating their lives. She soon realises she has been neglecting her own interests, and her quirky would-be lover in the process.
Populaire (Popular) – 2012
Rose applies to be a secretary at an insurance firm run by Louis. Louis soon discovers that Rose is an extremely fast typer, using only two fingers. He urges her to enter a speed typing competition if she wants the job, and soon he is training her to become the fastest typer in the world.
Les Émotifs anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) – 2010
Angélique, a master chocolatier, and chocolate factory owner Jean-René, are too shy to admit their love for each other. The film follows their awkward journey as their feelings develop for one another.
Intouchables (The Untouchables) – 2011
This comedy drama follows the story of a Parisian aristocrat and his live-in carer following a paragliding accident. A touching story about the bond formed between two men who would never have usually met!
Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks) – 2008
Despite living a comfortable life in the picturesque Salon-de-Provence, Julie has been suffering from depression for a long time. To help his wife feel better, Julie’s postmaster husband plots a move for the family. Hilarious and heart-warming…
Le père Noël est une ordur (Santa Claus Is a Stinker) – 1982
Two workers at a suicide prevention hotline on Christmas eve get the shock of their lives as a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend and a friend visit their offices.
L’apprenti Père Noël (Santa’s Apprentice) – 2010
Although Santa doesn’t want to retire, rules dictate that he must find his successor! An animated Christmas classic, follow the story of a young, shy boy in Australia who could become Santa’s next apprentice.
Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) – 2008
A French family is caught in deep Christmas friction as the matriarch Junon asks her children and grandchildren if they are eligible to become her bone marrow donor.
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