Hidden Gems From French Speaking Cinema ✓by SeventhAr7 | created - 11 Jan 2019 | updated - 24 Mar 2019 | Public
It's a fact that popularity doesn't define the quality of a movie. There are movies that are big hits in their country but don't make that impact when they cross borders.
This list is composed of some of the best hidden gems of French language chosen by the users of the IMDb Poll Board.
Which one do you consider the best?
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1. Marius (1931)
Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Marius is faced with a choice whether to fulfill his passion by sailing the seas or stay and marry the woman he loves.
2. Four Bags Full (1956)
80 min | Drama
Two men carry at night four suitcases of contraband meat across German-occupied Paris during WWII. Their opposite personalities and strange encounters provoke different adventures - until they are arrested by the police.
Votes: 3,524 | Gross: $0.02M
3. The Two of Us (1967)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
In Nazi-occupied France, a Jewish child is sent away from his family and conceals his religious affiliation from the anti-Semitic elderly man that takes care of him.
Votes: 2,007 | Gross: $0.05M
4. The Collector (1967)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests.
5. Very Happy Alexander (1968)
G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »
6. The Things of Life (1970)
GP | 89 min | Drama, Romance
A highway engineer is involved in a car crash, after which, near death, he remembers his life leading up to the accident.
7. Lucky Luke (1971)
71 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When the members of a caravan of pioneers find a daisy growing in the middle of the desert they decide to stop there and to build their town on this very spot. Houses soon spring up like ... See full summary »
8. Going Places (1974)
R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeois characters value: ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,284 | Gross: $0.77M
Not Rated | 202 min | Drama
A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
Votes: 7,491 | Gross: $0.02M
10. The Old Gun (1975)
R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During World War II, a peaceful French surgeon is forced to ruthlessly exterminate the Nazis because of their atrocities.
11. The Toy (1976)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A poor journalist finds himself as a toy of a boss' son. Making friends with a naughty child, he tries to save him from the cruel power of his father.
12. Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
88 min | Comedy
Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.
13. So Long, Stooge (1983)
100 min | Crime, Drama
Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »
14. Camille Claudel (1988)
R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History
Camille Claude impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and she also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow.
Votes: 6,223 | Gross: $0.20M
Suggested by: rubyfruit76
15. The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Antoine has always been fascinated with a hairdresser's delicate touch, the beguiling perfume and the figure of a woman with an opulent bosom, moreover, he knew that he would marry one, fulfilling his dream of a perfect and idealised love.
Votes: 9,081 | Gross: $1.16M
16. Toto the Hero (1991)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »
Votes: 5,435 | Gross: $1.23M
17. The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 7,227 | Gross: $0.41M
18. Indochine (1992)
PG-13 | 160 min | Drama, Romance, War
Eliane adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Eliane (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.
Votes: 9,351 | Gross: $5.73M
19. Fear City: A Family-Style Comedy (1994)
93 min | Comedy, Horror
A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown.
Suggested by: ElM.
20. Ridicule (1996)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, History
To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.
Votes: 7,176 | Gross: $2.50M
21. The Eighth Day (1996)
118 min | Comedy, Drama
An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.
Votes: 9,015 | Gross: $0.33M
22. The Promise (1996)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father's orders.
Votes: 7,287 | Gross: $0.45M
23. Lorna's Silence (2008)
R | 105 min | Drama
Sokol and Lorna, two Albanian emigrants in Belgium, dream of leaving their dreary jobs to set up a snack bar. They need money, and a permanent resident status. Claudy is a junkie - he needs... See full summary »
Votes: 8,314 | Gross: $0.34M
24. In the Beginning (2009)
130 min | Drama
France, present day. A professional conman passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and ... See full summary »