SBS On Demand - Top 5 French Movies Streaming Now

SBS On Demand - Top 5 French Movies Streaming Now

If you can’t get enough of the Alliance Française French Film Festival in Melbourne, SBS On Demand has selected a list of their top 5 must-see streaming French movies for you to add to our top 5 French Movies, so you can continue your French holiday experience from the comfort of your own couch.

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1. The Lovers on the Bridge

France, 1991
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Grüber

Following a failed relationship, and suffering from a degenerative eye disease, young painter Michèle is driven to a life on the streets. While sleeping rough on the Pont Neuf, Paris's oldest bridge, she meets Alex, a down-and-out street performer, and the two embark into a passionate and destructive love story. Director Leos Carax (Holy Motors) gives French icon Juliette Binoche (his then-partner) and his key actor Denis Lavant roles of a lifetime in this stunning "amour fou" story, now considered a classic.

2. The Science of Sleep (I absolutely love this "feel good" movie)

France, 2006
Genre: Fantasy
Language: French, English
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Alain Chabat, Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg

French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) gives once more free reign to his imagination with this delightful movie starring Gael García Bernal as Stephane, an illustrator moves back to Paris for a new job and to live in his mother's apartment. There, he experiences strange and intense dreams, including one relating to his one man show, Stephane TV. His dreaming meddles with his life and creates confusion for the new woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in his life.

3. Le Havre

France, Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Finnish, French
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, André Wilms, Kati Outinen

Eccentric Danish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki (The Man without a Past) explores the issues of immigration, solidarity and friendship in this humanist fable set in modern-day France. It follows Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a former author and a well-known Bohemian, who has retreated into a voluntary exile in the port city of Le Havre. When fate suddenly throws in his path a young African refugee who arrived hidden in a cargo ship, he decides to reunite him with his family in England, with the help of his neighbours.

4. The City of Lost Children

France, 1995
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Jean-Claude Dreyfus

With this follow-up to the black humour gem Delicatessen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, One of our top 5) and Marc Caro transport us to a dark and nightmarish universe where cynical adults long for the innocence of childhood. In a derelict port, a joyless genius has children abducted so their dreams can be harvested. It's left to the local circus strongman and an unusually mature street-kid to rescue their friends. Caro and Jeunet deliver another visually stunning film, with great performances from its young (and less young) cast, that will stay with you for a long time. (Look out for the extravagant costumes by iconic fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.)

5. Hunting and Gathering (Another Fav of mine)

France, 2007
Genre: Romance
Language: French
Director: Claude Berri
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Guillaume Canet, Francoise Bertin

Starring two of France's biggest stars, Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet, this charming feelgood movie directed by Claude Berri (Jean de Florette) and based on Anna Gavalda's best-seller, follows a collection of misfits in Paris. Young artist Camille (Tautou - Coco Chanel) works as an office cleaner and lives in the attic of a Parisian apartment. Philibert is an aristocratic history buff living in an apartment lower down with his flatmate Frank, a gruff young chef (Canet). When Camille falls ill, Philibert insists she stay with them so he can look after her, despite Frank being less than impressed. 

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