Online film streaming lovers, rejoice! The Alliance Française de Singapour cultural team has curated a fine selection of French and francophone films especially for you, available on several streaming platforms, and including several free options! Our top picks are as follows: keep up with French cinema from the comfort of your sofa with Mon film à la maison!
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Unexpected Love Encounters
The New Kid (Le nouveau)by Rudi Rosenberg (NC 16 – Sexual References and Nudity): Benoit’s first week in his new school is challenging. He’s being rejected by the popular kids, and struggles to fit in. That is until he meets Johanna, a young Swedish girl he is falling for.
The Together Project / The Aquatic Effect (L’effet aquatique) by Solveig Anspach and Jean-Luc Gaget (M18 – Sexual Scene and Nudity): the César-winning story of Samir, who falls deeply in love with Agathe, a lifeguard at the municipal pool. To seduce her, he starts pretending that he doesn’t know how to swim, and embarks on a trip that will lead them all the way to Iceland.
Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu (R21 – Homosexual Theme): in Nairobi, Kena and Ziki live completely different lives. In the midst of an electoral campaign that sees both their fathers competing against each other, they cross paths, and will have to choose between love and security. 5 Nominations at Cannes 2018.
Corporate by Nicolas Silhol (PG13 – Some Coarse Language and Sexual References): Emilie is “a killer”, a young and smart Human Resources Manager. Following a drama in her company and the opening of an investigation, she finds herself at the centre of attention and pressure. What will her loyalty dictate her?
The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs) by Joachim Lafosse (PG13 – Some Coarse Language): Jacques, president of a NGO, has convinced French families to finance an exfiltration operation for orphans in an African country devastated by wars. But in order to complete his mission, he will have to come up with a lie.
Award Winning Animated Films
The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains)by Sébastien Laudenbach (M18 – Nudity): struggling to make ends meet, a miller has to sell his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she manages to escape, and begins a long journey towards light. Jury Prize in Annecy 2016.
The Painting (Le tableau)by Jean-François Laguionie (N16 – Some Nudity): on an unfinished painting live three kinds of characters. As tensions arise and the Toupins take control over the castle, our three heroes Ramo, Lola and Plume begin a quest to find the painter, the only one capable of bringing back harmony. 3 Nominations in Annecy 2012, César-nominated.
Critically Acclaimed French Documentaries
Little Gems (Les Pépites) by Xavier de Lauzanne (PG): Christian and Marie-France, a French couple living in Cambodia, are fighting for allowing the youth of Phnom Penh to access education.
Swagger by Olivier Babinet (PG13 – Brief Coarse Language): Swagger is a one-way trip into the minds of eleven kids and teenagers, growing up in some of the most disadvantaged suburbs of France. No matter the difficulties, they are fuelled with dreams and ambition.
Adults Animated Shorts
The Sense of Touch (Le sens du toucher)by Jean-Charles Mbotti-Malolo (PG): Chloé and Louis are deaf, and secretly in love with each other. One day, Louis gathers all his courage and invites Chloé for dinner.
The Wordcutter (Le bucheron des mots) by Isabelle Blanchard (PG): in a country where people eat letters and words grown on trees, reading is fundamental. But some too emotional books are forbidden. Nadal, a wordcutter, will make a life-changing encounter…
All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde) by Alain Corneau: the 7 César Awards winner and Berlin Film Festival nominee story of a musician and his daughter in the 17th century, when Marin Marais bursts into their lives and wants to be taught how to play the viola. Re-discover the iconic duo between father and son Gérard and Guillaume Depardieu in Alain Corneau’s masterpiece.
Buffet froid by Bertrand Blier: re-discover this French cinema classic by Oscar-winner director Bertrand Blier. Buffet froid is a satirical mixing of crime, dark comedy and absurd rhythm, relying on breathtaking performances from Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet and young Carole Bouquet.
Je t’aime moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg: legendary French singer Serge Gainsbourg’ directorial debuts brings us a tale of doomed love, charm and romance, featuring the musician’s original score, and starring Jane Birkin and Joe Dallesandro.
Top 10 French films curated by AF on Catchplay [Two free films]
Voltigeby Léon Brunel, 2016, 1min24: two technicians enter into a poetic dance with the car they are working on.
The Legend OfTheCrabe Phare by Gaëtan Borde, Benjamin Lebourgeois, Alexandre Veaux, Mengjing Yang & Claire Vandermeersch, 2015, 6mins45: a crab holding a lighthouse on his back quickly becomes a touristic destination. What will happen as more and more curious humans embark on tour to visit this uncommon place?
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse by Camille Chaix, Hugo Jean, Juliette Jourdan, Marie Pillier and Kévin Roger, 2015, 6mins28: a fox is chasing a mouse in the snow, until they face a common opponent. Could the two ever become friends?
Racinesby Eva Lusbaronjan, Hugo de Faucompret, Pierre Bassil and Hugo Weiss, 2013, 4mins23: an old woman travels on the back of a rock. Forever unsatisfied, she cannot stop her trip.
For 5 years old and above:
Croc & Odile by Antoine Marchand, 2019, 1min34: two crocodiles get into a fight with a very defensive fly. Who will win?
Back to the Moon by François-Xavier Goby & Hélène Leroux, 2018, 2mins18: a poetic and dazzling 360° tribute to black and white film director Georges Méliès.
Backbone Tale by Jérémy Clapin, 2012, 9mins10: a short story by Oscar nominated director Jérémy Clapin, about a different man who finally meets someone special.
Top 10French films and series curated by AF on Netflix [Free trial period]
Nothing to Hide (Le jeu) by Fred Cavayé: a dinner party with Bérénice Bejo, Suzanne Clément and Stéphane de Groodt turns into a funny game during which everyone has access to its peers’ smartphone, for better or worse…
Pachamamaby Juan Antin: a César-winning story about two Indians in the Andes and their quest for la Huaca, the village’s sacred statue which has been stolen...
Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent): A French hit series about the secrets of the cinema industry, with lovable characters and prestigious guest stars in each episode. A must-see!
The Bondfire of Destiny (Le Bazar de la Charité): this hit series inspired by true events will bring you back to 1897’s Paris, when Audrey Fleurot, Julie de Bona and Camille Lou’s characters find their lives upended by betrayals, deceptions and romantic turmoil after a devastating fire. Discover the Globe de Cristal 2020 twice-nominatedseries now!
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Top 4 French films curated by AF made available on Vimeo on Demand by Anticipate Pictures
These films are available for online renting, thanks to Alliance Française de Singapour partner Anticipate Pictures.
Top 12 French films curated by AF available on iTunes Store
Someone, Somewhere (Deux moi)byCédric Klapisch: two young and slightly depressed Parisians live nearby, but have never talked. Shall the two ever meet?
Lost and Found (Je promets d’être sage)by Ronan Le Page: Frank (Pio Marmaï) wants a new quiet life and a fresh start. But then comes the meeting with his new neurotic colleague Sybille (Léa Drucker)…
Filming Cinema and Stardom:
Play by Anthony Marciano:for 25 years, Max has filmed his life and friends. From the 1990s to the 2010s, the portrait of a whole generation emerges through its objective. Joyful and heartfelt!
Redoubtable (Le redoutable)by Michel Hazanavicius: a Palme d’Or nominee story about the making of La Chinoise, in 1967, when Godard falls in love with actress Anne Wiazemsky. Dive into the French New Wave and May 68’s Paris!
Guy by Alex Lutz: a young journalist (Alex Lutz, Best Actor César) learns that he is the illegitimate son of a French pop singer who was extremely famous from the 60s to the 90s, and looks for a way to meet him.
Fights on Screen:
The Freshmen (Première année)by Thomas Lilti: friendship sparks between Benjamin (William Lebghil) and Antoine (Vincent Lacoste) during their first year of medical school.
The Wolf’s Call (Le chant du loup)by Antonin Baudry: in the near future, a French submarine finds itself in a crisis situation. An electric and César-winning underwater action film.
By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)by François Ozon: a Silver Berlin Bear winner, By the Grace of God tells the story of three survivors of a Catholic priest’s abuse, as they begin their fight to expose abuses hidden by the church.
A Perfect Man (Un homme idéal)by Yann Gozlan: a struggling writer finds a shortcut to fame, but a blackmailer threatens to ruin his perfect life. A passionate thriller, and an amazing performance from Pierre Niney!
Fiveby Igor Gotesman: a group of five childhood friends move in together in Paris. In order to fund their luxurious lifestyle, Samuel (Pierre Niney) becomes a drug dealer.
The Trouble with You (En liberté !)by Pierre Salvadori: A hilarious comedy with Pio Marmaï and Adèle Haenel about a widow who discovers that her late husband sent an innocent man to jail to cover-up his own crimes.
Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) by Cédric Klapisch: after a 10-year absence, Jean returns to his hometown. Reuniting with his family, they have to re-build their relationship and trust again.
These films are available for online renting on the iTunes Store and on Apple TV.
Top 2 French films curated by AF on Madelen – INA [Free trial period]
Re-discover two French new waves masterpieces on INA’s new platform Madelen:
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Human by Yann-Arthus Bertrand [Free]
French environmentalist, journalist and photographer Yann-Arthus Bertrand has made his 2015 documentary Human available for free on YouTube! Discover this UN-premiered historic film here and travel all around the globe from your home.