Top 10 French Films of 2012

Here is my list of the best French films 2012.

I have tried in this list to take all kinds of movies: there is some drama as well as romance, crime, comedy, family, adventure, musical and animation. Some of them are co-produced such as “Amour”, “Le magasin des suicides” and “Une bouteille à la mer”.

These films have all touched me in one way or another. Some of their by sadness and emotion of others by their tenderness and humor. The first example of ranking moved me a lot. The actors are really good and the story is original. A sad story but beautiful and amazing…

1) De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone)Rust_and_Bone_poster

- Writers: Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
– Director: Jacques Audiard
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyAJDL3mTxI

Co-written by Jacques Audiard (who is also the director) and Thomas Bidegain, this film is adapted from a short story by the American author Craig Davidson. Audiard’s genuinely moving Rust and Bone is the story of two wounded people who form a bond based on recognition and acceptance of the others pain. An amazing cast with Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts makes for a raw but beautiful movie. Intelligent and sensitive, it is certainly an art film but one that is also geared to a larger public. And that is why it found an audiences, as wel as receiving several awards and nominations by  festivals around the world.

2) Une bouteille à la mer (A Bottle in the Gaza Sea)

- Writers: Thierry Binistia and Valérie Zenatti
– Director: Thierry Binisti
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL8p6FKCPzQ

A co-production between France and Israel written by Thierry Binisti (the director) and Valérie Zenatti who spent her adolescence in Israel. A sad but touching and unfortunately true story of a teenage girl living in Israel, and a boy living in Palestine. Considering the circumstances and years of war and rivalry how will they become friends?

3) Amour (Love)Amour

- Writer: Michael Haneke
– Director: Michael Haneke
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2INylnfMCU

A wonderful love story between two octogenarians Georges and Anne, written and directed by Michael Haneke. It is the story of a couple that enjoy their retirement until one day, Anne suffers a small stroke. When she leaves the hospital and returns home, she is paralysed on one side. The love that binds this old couple will be put to the test. Lauded around the world, this film has won several awards.

4) Plan de table

- Writers: Francis Nief and Christelle Raynal
– Director: Christelle Raynal
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JAc8jVVKDg

A comedy written by Francis Nief and Christelle Raynal that combines romance and destiny. According to this film, our fate can be decided by something as fickle as table layout at a wedding.

5) Sur la piste du MarsupilamiSur la piste du Marsupilami

- Writers: Alain Chabat and Jeremy Doner
– Director: Alain Chabat
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Lu7H-gKP0

Reporter Dan Geraldo reporter and local guide Pablito go from adventure to adventure exploring Palombia looking for the fabled Marsupilami. A really funny story with very good actors: Jamel Deboouze is just amazing and the Marsupilami is so cute!

6) 38 témoins

- Writers: Lucas Belvaux and Didier Decoin
– Director: Lucas Belvaux
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlBfacKx03I

When she returned from a business trip in China, Louise discovers that her street was the scene of a crime: a young woman was stabbed, sexually assaulted and murdered in public.  No witnesses; her husband was working and everyone else apparantly slept through it. This shocking and tragic movie gives me the shivers.

7) Parlez moi de vousparlez moi de vous

- Writer: Pierre Pinaud
– Director: Pierre Pinaud
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoKjTjvhT4g

Melina is the most famous voice in France. A radio host, on the air she solves her listener’s emotional and sexual problems with impertinence, humor and without taboo. Everyone knows her voice, but nobody knows her face.

8) Associés contre le crime

- Writers: Clémence de Biéville and Agatha Christie (original book)
– Director: Pascal Thomas
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULHcPGSTV44

Inspired by the novel “The Case of the Missing Lady” by Agatha Christie and written by Clémence de Biéville, this movie is a masterpiece. Prudence and Bélisaire Beresford are pulled into the investigation of a missing Russian heiress disappears, which might lead them to the secret of eternal youth.

9) Le magasin des suicidesLes Magasins de Suicides

- Writers: Patrice Leconte and Jean Teulé
– Director: Patrice Leconte
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmptL7rXJw0

- Synopsis: Based on a graphic novel, the story concerns a family who run a shop selling all the ways to commit suicide: poisons, ropes, razor blades, etc. However when the the mother in the family gives birth to a new child, who has an uncharacteristically optimistic view of life, things get complicated. A great film, with an obviously very dark sense of humour.

10) Comme un Chef

- Writer: Daniel Cohen
– Director: Daniel Cohen
– Year: 2012
– Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHiXdNFZ2r0

A comedy with Jean Reno. A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group’s new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.

Marine Gourdou

About Marine Gourdou

Marine comes from a town near Paris in France. Film has always been a love and family story for her. Her father is her home town's theater president and manager since 30 years. From her youngest years she has been living with and being passionated for film culture. The theater has also been her first job, as she worked there as a projectionist from 14 to 18 years old. In 2006 she became Assistant Producer in a French production company that she left in 2009 to become a freelancer. Marine then freelanced for a couple of years in several companies in France as an Assistant Producer. Being in London since two years now she is glad to work for Raindance, combining her two passions which are Marketing and Cinema. Her current web marketing position allows her to use the knowledge learned in the business school she graduated in France. In the future she sees herself living and working in another country, Australia or Canada, discovering other cultures and markets.

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7 Responses to Top 10 French Films of 2012

  1. Julia Blondoner February 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    French Top 10.

  2. Nandor Otvos February 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I would've put Intouchables in there, too (Number 1 spot). I know it was released in 2011 in France, but for the rest of the world it is a 2012 film.

  3. Raindance
    Raindance February 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I know but this is a French Top 10 and “Intouchable” was released in 2011. However, I’m completely agree with you, this movie is just a work of art!

  4. Andreas Kyriacou April 24, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    no holy motors?

  5. Dave Snell April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Intouchables surely.

  6. Tom Quartey April 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Intouchables is number 1 definitely. It's up there with La Haine for me.

  7. Victoria Guillet May 10, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    il n'y a pas que intouchables, dans le cinema français.

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