21st century has already seen a huge range of good movies across the world. Among all of them, some of the French movies have made it to the global audience and to the best movie list. French art, culture and intellect have never failed to touch the heart of the people. Around the world, the popularity of French movies has spread. They are now being dubbed into several languages which is an achievement itself. There are many movies which have moved us from inside.
Some of the best ones deserve highly to be mentioned:
- Amelie (2001): It is comedy based movie with the touch of romanticism and drama. The movie is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The character of Amelie is portrayed by Audrey Tautou. The movie’s theme revolves around the Parisian life. The movie has successfully captured the essence of human emotions and relationship. The narration of the movie is interesting and smart over all. The character of Amelie is refreshing. And the innocence of Audrey Tautou is beautifully sketched. The way, with her Amelie teaches the bullying Grocer a lesson, or in the restaurant where she works as a waitress or her amusing conversation with the ‘glass-man’ has succeeded in drawing to attention of global audience. The most beautiful part of the movie is its fairy tale romance which keeps the audience enchanted throughout the movie. Surrealism and metaphysical appeal both are present in the movie. The movie was nominated for 4 caesar awards and 5 academy awards.
- Persepolis (2007): This movie is an animation drama with intense and complex plot setting. The movie’s theme has the tinge of intellectual depth. It is based on an autobiographical novel by Marjane Satrapi and directed by Vincent Paronnaud. It is on the author’s growing up years in Iran during the time of Islamic Revolution. The book and the movie, both were critically acclaimed by the Iranian government before the movie’s release in Cannes. The movie had made it to the Golden Globe for best foreign movie award.
- The Diving Bell and Butterfly (2007): this movie is based on the memoirs of Jean-Dominique Bauby, and directed by Julian Schnable. The story of the movie is heart touching and makes you feel compassionate towards the lead character. All of a sudden, Bauby suffered a stroke which leaves him paralyzed by whole of his body. The condition developed in his body is diagnosed as ‘Lock-in-Syndrome’. He is now left with means to communicate with the world, and that is his left eye. The movie was nominated in various best categories awards in Bafta, Golden Globe and Caesar.
- A prophet or Un Prophite (2009): It is one of the best crime thrillers of the 21st Though failed to get the best foreign film, still this movie will be remembered by all the crime thriller lovers in the ages to come. Tahar Rahim plays the role of Malik, a young Arabian. Tahar portrays the character of Malik subtly and with dexterity. The narration technique and the roles played by all of the actors make heart and soul of the movie.
The above mentioned movies are some of the best French movies of 21st century.