TV5MONDE: The best of French Cinema in January

January is here! Ring in the new year with new series, a peek behind the scenes at Eurovision, and some gripping thrillers to watch on these chilly nights. 

3 French Films to watch in January

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Ma famille t'adore déjà — January 9 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Julien, thirty-something app developer for smartphones, is about to marry Eva. So it's high time she introduced him to all her family! But when Julien takes the decision to make the  journey to the Île de Ré and meet them, he has absolutely no idea of what's in store.

Director: Jérôme Commandeur, Alan Corno (France, Belgium 2015)
Cast: Arthur Dupont, Déborah François, Thierry Lhermitte, Marie-Anne Chazel,  Jérôme Commandeur
Genre: Comedy, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you love: Meet the Parents, Dany Boon or Ben Stiller comedies

Marseille— January 23 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Returning to Marseille after twenty-five years away, Paolo is determined not to spend long  at his father's hospital bedside! But he hadn't counted on the affection of his newly re discovered family, a romantic encounter and the joyful solidarity of Marseille folk that  combine to reconcile him with his childhood city.

Director: Kad Merad (France 2015)
Cast: Kad Merad, Patrick Bosso, Venantino Venantini, Judith El Zein
Genre: Comedy, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you love: Movies about coming home, Mrs. Doubtfire, Father of the Bride, the city of Marseille

Un illustre inconnu —January 30 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Solitary loner, Sébastien Nicolas brings more meaning to his life by temporarily taking on  the identity of strangers he comes across. But when he meets a world-famous violinist, he's finally face-to-face with the life of his dreams. So this time, instead of just borrowing it,  he's going to steal it.

Director: Matthieu Delaporte (France, Belgium 2013)
Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Marie-Josée Croze, Éric Caravaca
Genre: Thriller, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Black Swan, Mr. Robot, Tell No One, thrillers with a touch of dark

Favorite French TV show to watch in January

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On n'efface pas les souvenirs - January 7 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT (English ST)

When Anna disappears suddenly and without leaving a trace, the police feel it was probably  deliberate. But her husband refuses to believe it. And rightly so, someone had tried to  murder Anna. Saved by a local from the mountains, she wakes up in the Pyrenees, with no  memory at all.
Director: Adeline Darraux (France 2020)
Cast: Annelise Hesme, Stéphane Debac, Sam Karmann, Sophie Guillemin, Ophélia  Kolb, Husky Kihal
Genre: Drama

Watch if you like : Binge-worthy crime series, Harlan Coben mysteries, Baron Noir


The French documentary to watch in January

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Barbara Pravi, voilà qui je suis — January 7 at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT

An intimate portrait of Barbara Pravi. The camera slips into the background, forgotten as it accompanies the singer and actress through her everyday life to reveal her inner pathway. An opportunity to follow her through the different stages of a great adventure, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

Director: Gianluca Matarrese (France 2021)

Watch if you love: Eurovision, variety shows, music documentaries like Estonia: Dreams of Eurovision or anything on VH1


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