What to Watch on TV5MONDE in August 2022

Lots to watch this month! From the comedic debut of the team behind The Intouchables, a classic WWII drama with Jean-Louis Trintignant, to a secret tour of the Élysée, home of many French presidents.

3 French films to watch in August

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Messe basse — August 14 at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT; August 22 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

Julie, a young university student, moves into the house of an old widow, who offers a cheaper rent in exchange for help with chores. The only catch: Julie must act as if the widow's husband is still alive.

Director: Baptiste Drapeau (France, 2021)
With: Alice Isaaz, Jacqueline Bisset, François-Dominique Blin
Genre: Thriller in French with English subtitles

Watch it if you like: Psychological thrillers, eerie atmosphere, Claude Chabrol's work

Je préfère qu'on reste amis — August 30 at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT

In his thirties Claude is in search of a soul-mate, but has trouble getting over previous romantic disappointments and is so absorbed by his work that he has little left for his love life! When he meets Serge, a fifty-something divorcee, also seeking a new partner, he suggests teaming up...

Director: Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache (France, 2004)
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Paul Rouve, Annie Girardot, Lionel Abelanski
Genre: Comedy in French with English subtitles

Watch it if you like: The Intouchables (made by the same two directors), Romantic comedies without all the usual clichés

Le train  August 18 at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT

During the great exodus of May 1940, Julien, an electrician who has been discharged from the army, is fleeing the German advance along with his family. In the train he meets Anna, a young and wealthy German Jewish woman. The pair fall in love before separating. Three years later they are brutally reunited by the Gestapo.

Director: : Pierre Granier-Deferre (France, Italy 1973)
Cast: JJean-Louis Trintignant, Romy Schneider, Nike Arrighi
Genre: Drama in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Classic French films, WWII movies, the charisma of Jean-Louis Trintignant and Romy Schneider


Favorite French series to watch in August

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Alexandra Ehle, season 2 — August 7 at 11:00pm ET/8:00pm PT

The body of a woman in her fifties is found in the forest. During the autopsy, Alexandra discovers a muscle structure hardly compatible with the victim's age and finds herself immersed in the sort of puzzle only she can decipher: multiple old fractures, coarse scars, the muscles of an athlete.
Director: Nicolas Guicheteau (France, 2019)
Cast: Julie Depardieu, Bernard Yerlès, Xavier Guelfi, Sara Martins, Sophie Le Tellier 
Genre: Thriller, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: French crime TV shows, whoddunit mysteries

The French documentary to watch in August

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L'Élysée, les secrets d'un palais August 29 at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT

The Élysée Palace is a monument emblematic of the French Republic. A mansion whose destiny was never preordained yet has seen some of the most influential figures of the last three centuries pass through its doors. Grand reception rooms, secret passages, the Jupiter command post... Secret visit of a megastructure.

Director: Fabrice Buysschaert (France, 2019)
Genre: Documentary in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Private tours of inaccessible places, French politics


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