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French films with English subtitles to watch in March

From screwball comedy to social commentary, Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has something for everyone in its March programme of French movies with English subtitles.

French films with English subtitles to watch in March
The 'yellow vest' protests forms the subject of one of this month's films. Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP

The club, founded by French cinema-lover Manon Kerjean, runs weekly screenings of French films – both new releases and classics – with English subtitles, to allow people whose French is not yet fluent to appreciate the depth of France’s cinema.

Screenings are preceded with drinks, which are a great way to make friends if you’re new to the city, and March also sees a pre-film stand-up comedy night and a walking tour. 

Here’s what’s on:

Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï

The film: Described as a ‘bittersweet critique of contemporary society’, Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï tells the story of comedy actor Fabrice, who while shopping realises that he doesn’t have his loyalty card. Under the gaze of a threatening security guard, he flees. It’s not long before Fabrice becomes Public Enemy # 1 in France. With a media frenzy brewing around his escape, the film follows his desperate attempts to evade capture.

The details: Friday March 4th at the Club de l’étoile cinema, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017 Paris. Tickets €15 or €13 concessions. The film starts at 8pm, with drinks from 7pm and a stand-up comedy show from comedian Hugo Gertner from 7.30pm. Tickets here.

Enquête sur un Scandale d’État

The film: Inspired by real-life events, this is a drama about police complicity in narcotics trafficking.

It begins with French customs seizing seven tons of cannabis in the heart of the capital. The same day Stéphane Vilner, a journalist at the leftwing French daily newspaper Libération is contacted by a man who claims to be able to demonstrate the existence of State drug trafficking led by Jacques Billard, prominent media figure and high-ranking French police officer. 

The details: Friday, March 11th at L’Entrepôt cinema, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, Paris 14. Tickets €8.50 or €7 concessions. Screening at 8pm, with drinks from 7pm and an introduction from the film’s director Thierry de Peretti. Tickets here.

Un peuple

The film: This drama follows Agnès, Benoît, Nathalie, and Allan in Chartes, who in 2018 get involved in a protest about a new fuel tax introduced by Emmanuel Macron’s government. Their protest becomes a part of the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement that shook France during late 2018 and 2019, and this film is described as “a breathless and sensitive account” of a defining moment in history.

The details: Sunday, March 20th, at Luminor cinema, 20 Rue du Temple, Paris 4. Tickets just €4 thanks to the printemps du cinema discount scheme. Screenings at 8pm, drinks from 7pm. Before the film is the option to join a French New Wave walking tour – details here. Tickets here.

Rien à foutre

The film: This is a preview showing of Rien à foutre (Zero fucks given) which is the first feature-length film from the Belgian directors Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre. It tells the story of Cassandre, a flight attendant on a budget airline who is following the philosophy of ‘live in the moment’ until an unexpected event forced her to confront her buried pain.

The details: Thursday, March 24th at L’Arlequin cinema, 76 Rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris. Full details on time and ticketing to come. 

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Six French films with English subtitles in Paris in November

Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has six screenings of French films with English subtitles in November, from a tense police drama to a family comedy.

Six French films with English subtitles in Paris in November

Thomas Hood’s poem has November as the month with no sun, no moon, no morn, no noon… He unaccountably failed to mention the fact there will be six English-subtitled French films for Paris-based cinephiles to enjoy, courtesy of those remarkable people at Lost in Frenchlation.

Here’s what is scheduled for this month.

Le Sixième Enfant

The month kicks off with Léopold Legrand’s drama about a struggling couple with five children and a sixth on the way, and the difficult arrangement they reach with a pair of childless but well-off lawyers.

On Friday, November 4th, doors at L’Entrepôt Cinema, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, Paris 14, open at 7pm for pre-screening drinks. The film starts at 8pm, and will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. Tickets cost €8.50 (€7 concessions)

Riposte Féministe

Cannes-listed documentary, directed by Marie Perennès and Simon Depardon, following several women as they fight back – literally and metaphorically – against misogyny in France. 

Tickets for the screening on Sunday, November 13th, at L’Entrepôt, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, Paris 14, cost €10 (€8 concessions).

An optional walking tour, following in the footsteps of Paris’s most famous female writers is offered, from 5pm, for €15.

Novembre

An out-of-competition film at Cannes earlier this year, Novembre tells the story of the aftermath of the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris as police – under huge pressure – tracked down suspects across Europe before they could strike again. Jean Dujardin stars.

Drinks at 7pm at the Luminor Hotel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, Paris 4, precede the screening at 8pm on Thursday, November 17th. Tickets are €10 (€8 concessions)

L’Origine du Mal

Director Sébastien Marnier will be at the screening of his movie L’Origine du Mal, and will take part in a Q&A afterwards. The film, riddled with sly humour, tells the story of a woman on the verge of financial collapse, who attempts to reconnect with her wealthy, estranged father and his new family.

Tickets for the show, on Thursday, November 24th at L’Arlequin, 76 Rue de Rennes, Paris 6, cost €10 (€8 concessions).

L’Innocent

The final film of the month, screened on Sunday, November 27th, is L’Innocent, which follows a man’s efforts to prove the jailbird who has just married his prison drama teacher mum is still a no-good criminal.

Tickets for the show on November 27th at Luminor Hotel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, Paris 4, cost €10 (€8 concessions). Screening starts at 8pm, with pre-show drinks on offer from 7pm.

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