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Surfshark VPN
Having mulled over the idea for quite some time, yesterday I subscribed to Surfshark VPN. For those who don't know, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a piece of software that allows you to 'virtually' connect to servers in other countries. This has many benefits but for me it means that I can 'virtually' connect to a French server and watch French TV programmes that are blocked if I try to connect from here in the UK.

(In bed with) Victoria
(In bed with) Victoria (☞imdb)
Victoria, a young lawyer, finds her life in free fall after agreeing to defend a friend accused of stabbing his girlfriend. A previous client, meanwhile, enters her life causing further emotional complications.

You can find my short review in the LightDrama section of my cinema pages.
Les gardiennes

Thank you Skyla

Lyndurst Stem
I receive very few comments with regard to this site but today it was a pleasure to open an email from the Lyndhurst Stem Club thanking me for the information presented in the Resources section. My aim in creating the site was to help people discover useful ways to improve their French and it is always gratifying to hear that I have succeeded in this regard.
Les gardiennes
Les gardiennes (☞imdb)
An authentic look at life in rural France during WW1 where the women manage the land while the men are at the front. Beautifully filmed and full of emotion. French cinema at its best.

You can find my short review in the LightDrama section of my cinema pages.
La langue française
La langue française
A comprehensive resource for the French language.

Dictionary, conjugation, spelling, expressions, proverbs, literature and dictation exercises.

In fact just about all you could ask for from a language site.

Une saison en France
Une saison en France (☞imdb)
An asylum seeker and his two children start to make a new life in Paris while awaiting the outcome of his asylum application. For a short while we see the warmth of a budding new family before the system delivers its verdict. Warmth turns into despair with one particularly shocking episode that jerks one back into the reality of the situation. This should be compulsory viewing in these intolerant times.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
TV 5 Monde Plus
TV5 Monde Plus
TV 5 is offering many categories of series and films in the French language as a world service.

These are for French speaking audiences and do not have subtitles but it is a valuable resource for anybody wanting to practise comprehension.

If you want to know how a French word is pronounced by French people, try YouGlish.

Enter the word and click on 'Say it!' and this online tool will search millions of indexed YouTube tracks to find examples of the word being pronounced.

From the image you will see that I went for écureuil, a word that always challenges me.
Deux moi
Deux moi (☞imdb)
Two young people in Paris, both somewhat troubled, and throughout this film you will be rooting for them to get together. But despite living in adjacent buildings and occasionally crossing paths they seem destined not to meet. But be patient!

You can find my short review in the light drama section of my cinema pages.
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