Since the time of Charles Perrault, the French have been famous for their fairytales or contes de fées. This holiday season, practice your French while watching one of these French films, currently streaming online, which recount fairytales. And don’t forget to sign up for our French classes beginning in January (you can even give a session of classes as a gift!)
Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête)
Christophe Gans (2014, France), Netflix
A beautiful re-telling of the classic story starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel. Of all the many adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, this one may be my favorite. Gorgeous locations and costumes, plus a Belle that is a bit more modern than in some versions. Perfect for French-learners of all ages.
Christophe Honoré (2014, France), Netflix
A high-school girl gets in a weird boy’s car after school and goes on a surreal journey through Greek mythology. This coming-of-age tale is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with modern-day high-schoolers taking the place of Greek gods. As weird and erotica as the myths it is based on, this film is an excellent, more mature choice for fans of Pan’s Labyrinth.
Immoral Tales (Contes immoraux)
Walerian Borowczyk (1973, France), Netflix
A disturbing, erotic masterpiece based on surreal stories and sacrilegious novels. Four tales of fantasy and transgression set in different historical eras which lay bare the terrifying weirdness of fairytales which we usually only notice as adults. Two cousins are stranded on a lonely beach, one woman bathes in the blood of maidens, a pope breaks his vows in a big way. For fans of Pasolini and Jodorowsky.