Saturday, June 7, 2014

Films have a way of inspiring us. From dreamy cinematography to witty dialogue, watching a film can invoke an emotional response along with new perspectives and notions about life. Watching the trials and tribulations of the heroes and heroines that fill the silver screen allow us to reflect on and questions our own responses to the minutiae of each and every day. In the spirit of our Meet Me in Paris feature, here are some of the French films we feel most inspired by. 

"So, my little Amélie, you don't have bones of glass. You can take life's knocks. If you let this chance pass, eventually, your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton."
-- Amélie

Amélie has our hearts for so many reasons. We adore Amélie's love for the little things possessed by and her incongruous nature. Her thirst for adventure and interest in everything that surrounds her sparks our imaginations and we always leave this film wanting to see more for Amélie's sharp wit. 

"Don't use the brakes. Cars are made to go, not to stop!"

Jean-Luc Godard's arguably most famous film, Breathless, depicts a dramatic adventure filled with romance from complicated, multidimensional characters. While the dialogue is sharp, this film provided groundbreaking and innovative cinematography that continues to inspire filmmakers. 

"Hold fast to the human inside of you, and you'll survive."
-- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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This remarkable true story of paralysis and the will to overcome is almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye. The beautifully shot and acted The Diving Bell and The Butterfly is an essential for any film lover. 

Do you have any favorite films when it comes to French cinema? Let us know! 


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  • The French film "Populaire" made me and my husband smile all the way through. It's fresh and fun and retro -- and the lovely actress who plays the innocent heroine channels Audrey Hepburn. Gorgeous from start to finish, and a sweet love story to boot.

    Posted on June 8, 2014