The 5 French Films to Watch on TV5Monde in August 2021

This August, get that summer feeling with Corniche Kennedy and Les rois du monde, set in the South of France, or immerse yourself in a moving documentary on the life and work of hospital interns in France.

Les jours venus

August 1st at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

Funny and sweet, this self portrait treats serious matters in a quirky way.

Romain is looking for a new movie idea. Shifting between reality and fiction, the former May ’68 activist has to deal with a variety of challenges due to his age, such as administrative procedures, elderly parents, and his children leaving home and questioning him... Romain soon realizes that he starts all his sentences with “In my day”!

"A hilarious piece of self-deprecating humor all centered around Romain Goupil ; one of the May '68 actors who has veered more to the right as he has got older - Imdb

Director: Romain Goupil (France 2014)
With: Romain Goupil, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Genre: Dramedy

Corniche Kennedy

August 8 at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

Based on the famous novel of the same name, Corniche Kennedy is a singular film that starts like a summer love story but quickly turns darker.

On the Corniche Kennedy in Marseille, a group of friends from a poor neighborhood defy the laws of gravity, diving, flying, and taking all kinds of risks. From her chic villa, Suzanne watches them and takes photographs, jealous of their freedom. After they notice her, she comes down to join them.

"A solid entry in French cinema's summer vacation genre, if one with a stronger crime slant. " - Letterboxd

Director: Dominique Cabrera (France 2015) 
With: Lola Creton, Aïssa Maïga, Moussa Maaskri
Genre: Drama

De chaque instant

August 15 at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

After the cult documentary on a rural French school Être et avoir, Nicolas Philibert deep dives this time into the difficult and sensible world of hospitals interns. Heartwrenching.

Thousands of young people study nursing every year. They all have to memorize an enormous amount of theoretical and practical information, and master countless technical skills. Faced with human suffering, they prepare themselves to take on major responsibilities.

"Nicolas Philibert documents the path to learning, in this case, the one of interns. It's vibrant, touching and so encouraging !" - Bande à Part

Director: Nicolas Philibert (France, Japan 2018)
Genre: Documentary

Les rois du monde

August 22 at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

A greek tragedy set in southwest of France magnified by a wonderful trio: Sergi López, Céline Sallette and Éric Cantona. 

In Casteljaloux, a little village in southwest France, men rule the roost. But when Jeannot gets out of prison, the only thing he wants is to win back Chantal, the love of his life who moved in with the local butcher while he was locked up.

"Sergi Lopez and Eric Cantona engage in a powerful bullfight" - Paris Match

Director: Laurent Laffargue (France 2014) 
With Sergi López, Céline Sallette, Éric Cantona
Genre: Dramedy

Des plans sur la comète

August 29 at 8:30 pm/ET/5:30 pm. In French with English subtitles.

Relax and let yourself enjoy this beautiful rom-com with the right amount of quirkiness and nostaligia.

When Michel meets Michèle, who has entrusted him with a house renovation job, it's love at first sight! For him at least. But as he tries to get to better acquainted, he has to cope with his brother and partner Franck, whose little schemes upset his romantic designs on Michèle.

"A pleasant and unexpected social comedy" - Femme Actuelle

Director: Guilhem Amesland (France 2016)
With: Vincent Macaigne, Philippe Rebbot, Suzanne Clément
Genre: Comedy

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