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So I went through my big list of films and selected films based on these criteria:
* Films entirely in French
* Films with significant French dialogue
* Films set entirely in France
* Films partially set in France
I didn't realize how many films fit these criteria until I started looking. Viva La France!
I'm listing them in reverse chronology, with the more recent films listed first.
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A Hundred-Food Journey (2014). Helen Mirren headlines this film set in Southern France with starring actors of various nationalities depicting managers, staff, and family affiliated with a highly regarded classical French restaurant and an up-and-coming Indian restaurant. Chiefly in English with some French and Hindi spoken in the film. Trailer.
Le Week-End (2014). A long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) vacations in Paris where they are having a lot of trouble managing their resources -- financial and emotional. Dialogue is primarily in English with some French. Trailer.
My Old Lady (2014). British and American actors play the leads with a lot of supporting French actors in this English-language film set in France. Trailer.
Bicycling with Moliere (2013). A pair of life-long friends work together (and fight together) in a small town in rural France while preparing to perform The Misanthrope. Trailer.
Just a Sigh (2013). This film has a main course of English with a lot of French on the side. It takes place chiefly in Paris where a struggling French actress meets a British professor traveling to a funeral. These two are in midlife and re-examining the whole of their lives as they connect intensely and awkwardly. Trailer.
Last Love (2013). Michael Caine plays a widower living in France and is oven very lost. The dialogue is chiefly in French, but it's set in France and most of the atmospheric dialogue is in French. Trailer.
Amour (2012). The bulk of this film is shot inside the couple's home, but it's a French-language film and depicts some elements of French culture without landscapes, landmarks and street scenes. Full Review
All Together (2011). An ensemble cast set in France. It's much more open about depicting sexual situations than your average US dramedy. Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin speak only in French throughout the film. Trailer.
The Intouchables (2011). Set in France, a wealthy French man hires an African immigrant to care for him. Primarily French language with some English. Trailer.
Beaches of Agnes (2008). French director Agnes Varda creates a memoir through film making. It's got an experimental style and contains some nudity. Trailer.
Summer Hours (2008). Juliette Binoche plays one of three siblings helping their mother as the aging women sets her affairs in order. Set in France with primarily French dialogue but with some English spoken. Trailer.
The Barbarian Invasions (2003). Set in Quebec, the film contains a mix of French and English dialogue. A roguish man in Canada and his adult son from London have to reconnect because the older man is living with escalating health problems. A set of the father's friends support in a Big Chill type reunion. Trailer.
Since Otar Left (2003). This delightful and insightful film is set primarily in Georgia (the country) but with some scenes in France. It features three Russian-speaking women from three different generations each exploring what resources they have for improving their lives. Some French spoken. Trailer.
The Butterfly (2002). In this French-language film, an older man sets off on a solo quest in the mountains of SE France to find a rare butterfly only to discover a neighbor's little girl has stowed away.Trailer.
A Foreign Field (1993). Several older World War 2 veterans (including one played by Alec Guinness) return to France to reminisce about their time in the war and how their lives have unfolded in unexpected ways. These English-speaking vets have to find ways to communicate, connect, and reconnect with the French natives. This was part of a BBC television series Screen One that also used released films from the same material. I found this on Netflix under A Foreign Field.
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