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In French the word
comédien translates as actor, while comédie is, simply, comedy in English. With this linguistic link between the players and the comedy genre it's hardly surprising that the French are really good at cinema comedy. After all, it goes right back to the Lumière Brothers, the fathers of modern cinema.
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  • Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

    Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

  • Une Heure de Tranquillité

    Une Heure de Tranquillité

  • Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

    Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

  • Les femmes du 6e étage

    Les femmes du 6e étage

  • La Fée

    La Fée

  • OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

    OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

  • Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

    Les aventures d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

  • Une famille à louer

    Une famille à louer

  • Intouchables

    Intouchables

  • L'École buissonnière

    L'École buissonnière

  • Pension compléte

    Pension compléte

  • Mon oncle

    Mon oncle

  • Comme un avion

    Comme un avion

  • Potiche

    Potiche

  • Les goût des autres

    Les goût des autres

  • Chic !

    Chic !

  • La dorMeuse Duval

    La dorMeuse Duval

  • Paris pieds nus

    Paris pieds nus

  • Jalouse

    Jalouse

  • Le retour du héros

    Le retour du héros

  • Un homme à la hauteur

    Un homme à la hauteur

  • Le Correspondant

    Le Correspondant

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Pension complète
Pension compléte
Another whimsical French comedy with a somewhat improbable plot, but that doesn't really matter. François and Charlotte run a gourmet hotel and restaurant, but while François is fixated on attaining his first Michelin star, Charlotte is feeling neglected. Charlotte's sister Pascale appears to be an almost permanent fixture, as well as being somewhat of an embarrassment with her devil-may-care approach to life.
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Mon oncle
Mon oncle
Mon Oncle, starring and directed by Jacques Tati, is a classic of French cinema that also won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958. I knew of it, but not very much about it, so everything came as a surprise when I started watching. At first I thought it was a silent movie, since although there was a very lively soundtrack nobody was speaking, or at least when they did speak it was for the most part inaudible.
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Comme un avion
Comme un avion
Michel dreams of being an airmail pilot and spends quite a lot of time walking around with a model plane in his hand simulating flying. Thus you can see where Comme un Avion (as a plane) comes from. Despite being bought flying lessons for his birthday, one suspects that he realises that he will never be an aviator, so when he spots an advert on line for a kayak, his attention is immediately drawn to the similarities of cruising along in a plane and cruising along in a kayak. So he buys the kayak and plans a self-sufficient adventure, having had no training other than practising by walking around on his roof terrace with the frame of the kayak suspended about him as he pretends to paddle.
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Potiche
Potiche
Une potiche is a decorated porcelain vase, but in familiar language it can mean a trophy wife.

Catherine Deneuve plays Madame Suzanne Pujol, the trophy wife in this French comedy. Set in the 70s, Mme Pujol sits at home while her husband, Robert, runs the family umbrella business, a business started by Suzanne's late father. Robert is a mean-minded boss, a philanderer, and treats his wife as a know-nothing.
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Les Goût des Autres
Les goût des autres
Castella is a rich but lonely business man. He is negotiating a deal that obviously exposes him to possible danger, so everywhere he goes he is accompanied by a bodyguard and his chauffeur. Castella has also hired a 'sharp' college boy type as an assistant to help him with his 'big deal'. He suggests that Castella should learn English to help in his business dealings.
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Chic !
Chic !
Alicia Ricosi, played by Fanny Ardent, is a top fashion designer who's in the doldrums after a break up with her beau. Her assistant, Heléne, is given the job by the fashion house manager, Alan, of restoring Alicia's interest in her work by finding her a new man. This fails miserably, but by chance Alicia meets up with Heléne's Breton landscape gardener, who Heléne had in fact recently fired, and he proves to be the muse that Alicia has been looking for - two artistic types, if you get the drift.
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La dorMeuse Duval
La dorMeuse Duval
This film is categorised as a comedy, and for the first half one can believe it is. But as things progress it becomes very cynical and while comic elements remain, the unfolding events are far from funny. It is based quite closely on the novel Les Bottes Rouge by Franz Bartelt.

The title is a play on words from the title of the poem ‘Le Dormeur du val’, penned by Arthur Rimbaud in 1870.
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Paris Pieds Nus
Paris pieds nus
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon are back, again playing Dom and Fiona in this latest burlesque comedy.

Unlike in La Fée (The Fairy), this time there isn't any fairy magic, other than the magic of the performance that this couple provide. This is vintage French comedy and might not be to everybody's taste. It's really quite mad at times.
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Jalouse
Jalouse
We are introduced to Nathalie at her daughter's 18th birthday party. It is immediately clear that she's ill at ease. Recently divorced, her husband has turned up with his new partner, Isabelle. Younger, of course, slimmer, naturally, prettier, well not really. When Isabelle proudly announces that they are going Club-Med to the Maldives, Nathalie is furious, telling her ex that they rarely left France.
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Le retour du heros
Le retour du héros
It is 1809 and Captain Neuville is the epitome of a suave dashing cavalry officer as he rides up the drive to the Beaugrand family home. There awaits Pauline, the younger daughter, who anticipates his proposal, and she isn't disappointed. Well not, that is, until a messenger arrives minutes later to tell the Captain that he has orders to leave for Austria.
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