My favorite french comedies!


Nobody makes such deliciously insouciant French Comedies like the French. Here are some of my favorites, mostly recent.



Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
An innocent develops her own sense of justice, helping those around her.






Grotesquely larger-than-life inhabitants of a scrofulous tenement have their own little story; visually, the film evokes Gilliam, Lynch, the Coens The sets, special effects, photography, pace and performances all contribute to the brash comic-strip vivacity. Increasingly inventive as it progresses, Jeunet fast, funny feature debut entertains from sinister start to frantic finish.


3Les Visiteurs
An 11th century knight (Jean Reno) and his servant (Christian Clavier) are transported from the past into the present and learn to deal with and survive in the modern world.





4La Cage Aux Folles
Two gays, living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle when the fiancée and her parents come for dinner.




5Mon Oncle
French auteur Jacques Tati employs his signature character, Tatischeff to bumble his way through the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of modern life, albeit in his idiosyncratic but ultimately humorous manner.





62 Days in Paris
Julie Delpy takes her American boyfriend to Paris to meet her parents and several of her ex-boyfriends.





7Les Saveurs du Palais
Christian Vincent’s spoof on the cooking obsessions of the Elysee Palace.






8Les Intouchables
A quadriplegic and an ex-con make the best of living within their means: sky-diving, Vivaldi, modern art. Evocative of The Diving Bell and Butterfly.





9Trois Hommes et un Couffin
Jacques, an Air France steward, One day a package arrives with a cradle, a baby, and the three guyhs find themselves trapped between work obligations and diapers. The bachelors find their lives changed.




10Guillaume, Les Garçons, à table
Guillaume’s rather temperamental upper middle-class mother, has three children, two of whom she considers as her sons and another she calls Guillaume. Through a series of painful chain of experiences, Guillaume will discover little by little who he is actually and will manage to break free from her pernicious influence.



11La Nuit Americaine
Truffaut’s hilarious movie, in the pantheon of films about filmmaking Also of interest – is the manner in which Truffaut captures behind-the-scenes shenanigans, employing gliding crane shots and flashes of abrupt editing to make us fully aware of the majestically artificial way the world is depicted by filmmakers.