5 funny French movies to see


by Valentine

Francis Veber, Patrice Leconte, Gérard Oury, Bernanrd Campan and Didier Bourbon… are some of the french comical type film makers .
In this post, I present you five of my favorites french comical movies.

1. Life is a long quiet river (La vie est un long fleuve tranquille)

Film maker: Etienne Chatiliez
Storyline: Etienne Chatiliez and Florence Quentin
Release date: 1988

Synopsis: In a maternity clinic two children from families with completely different social backgrounds are switched at birth. One goes on to live in an upper-middle-class family while the other to a poor family. Twelve years later, the mistake is discovered and the child living with the poor family is taken back by his parents, but keeps in touch with his former family and makes them encounter his new brothers and sisters. A series of satirical and comedic scenes follow.

Why I enjoy this movie: for his shoting, his story (the confrontation between two social class) and his well-famous song “Jésus revient parmi les tiens”.

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2. Papy fait de la résistance

Film maker: Jean-Marie Poiré
Storyline: Christian Clavier, Martin Lamotte, Jean-Marie Poiré
Date: 1983

Synopsis: In 1943, the Bourdelle, a family of musicians, refuse to play for Germans during the war, and have to live on the cellar of their own house. The son, Guy Hubert, hided by the characteristic of an homosexual hair-stylist, is for real “Super-Résistant”, a sort of french Zorro, who’s fighting against the Nazi.

Why I enjoy this movie: for the actor playing, the historical context (laughing against the worst) and his rispostes.

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3. La cité de la peur, une comédie familiale

Film maker: Alain Berbérian
Storyline: Les Nuls (Chantal Lauby, Alain Chabat, Dominique Farrugia)
Date: 1994

Synopsis: A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown.

Why I enjoy this movie: for his side completely nutty and because the one of the most brilliant comic french group of the 80/90’s wrote the storyline: Les Nuls. This group have completely break up the audiovisual media’s rules applicable in this time, especially with the very young chanel Canal+.

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4. Asterix and Obelix meet Cleopatra (Astériex et Obélix, mission Cléopatre)

Film maker and Storyline: Alain Chabat
Date: 2002

Synopsis: Infuriated by belittlements, Queen Cleopatra makes a deal with Julius Caesar: If the Egyptians build a palace larger than Caesar’s palace in Rome in three months, he must acknowledge that Egypt was the greatest of nations. To perform this task, Cleopatra hires the architect Numerobis, on pain of death and much to the dismay of Pyradonis, Cleoptara’s customary architect. He and his secretary Papyris discuss the druid Getafix (Panoramix in the original French), whose potion empowers its drinkers; and Numerobis goes in search of him.

Why I enjoy this movie: because it was written by Alain Chabat (Les Nuls), for his rispostes and his numerous references (politic, movies, musics, advertisment…).

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5. The great stroll (La grande vadrouille)

Film maker and Storyline: Gérard Oury
Date: 1966

Synopsis: Summer 1941. Over Nazi-occupied France, a Royal Air Force B17 Flying Fortress becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. The crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort. Involuntarily, Lefort and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to escape to the free zone with the help of Resistance fighters and sympathisers.

Why I enjoy this movie: quite simply because of the comic duo DeFunès-Bourvil!

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And you, what’s your favorite funny french movies?




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