Pardon my French

french movie
  • Writing this whilst listening to: Miles Davis, Ascenseur pour L’échafaud (soundtrack)
  • Location: my desk, Rotterdam
  • Drink: Domaine de la Baume, Les Mariés, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 



I finally found a way to sit around watching movies and call it work. Not that I’m actually making money while doing so, but that’s just a detail. And aren’t details easy to overlook?


Watching stacks of movies spoken in the language you desire to speak can be an effective way to learn. That is if you pay attention to what you’re hearing. So it does take some effort (a.k.a. work). However, it helps when you have the basics of language down already.

One of the movies I’ll be watching this week is Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, which I borrowed from Mike Bindraban about 10 years ago. Somehow it got trapped in a drawer unwatched and has now magically emerged at exactly the right time. (Mike, I’ll give it back, just give me a few more years)


I’ll be working hard, let that be clear.


If you’re about to dive into French cinema, here’s a few of my favorites in no particular order:

  • Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (Rémi Bezançon, 2008)
  • Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
  • Le Feu Follet (Louis Malle, 1963)
  • La Haine (Mathieu Kasovitz, 1995)
  • Any movie starring Marion Cotillard or Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • The hilarious series: Au service de la France


Do you have any suggestions? If so, please share them. Merci and happy movie watching to you too!

Wonder why I’m learning French? Here’s why.



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