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Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain)


Amelie, a level french, film

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

This film was Jeunet's first international hit. With its quirky story telling, aesthetically beautiful direction and the impeccable cast of actors, it portrayed a Paris which has long disappeared.

Amélie is a lonely, introverted girl in search of love; she can only act by trying to do good deeds for other people; as far as her own future goes, she is powerless.

We are constantly surprised by the visual effects, seduced by the charm of the colouring and entranced by Jeunet's wizardry; untimately the final scenes turn the film into a feel good film of the first order.

On the back of this film Jeunet received the backing of Warner to produce the much larger scale Un long dimanche de fiançailles which we also cover (see the menu to the left).

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Contents of the unit


Linguascope copy master book (Glover 2010)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay

Cinema plus materials
Powerpoint tracing life of director with links to relevant works online
Detailed scene by scene questions
Fully transcribed script (which differs significantly from original scénario
Essay planning materials with marked up exemplar from the relevant boards (WJEC, Edexcel, AQA)
Quotations on range of themes with interactive exercises to assist learning
Sentence level, paragraph level and full essay planning tools
Summary with gaps of other film related to main film studied (see below).
Links to additional web based materials.





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Au revoir les enfants

au revoir les enfants, malle, film, a level french

Au revoir les enfants-Louis Malle

Towards the end of an illustrious career, Malle produced what many consider to be his masterpiece. The film recalls an event that marked Malle's childhood and which he thought about every day; like many schools in France during the occupation, fugitive Jewish students were taken in and sheltered from Vichy government backed organisations, whether it be the police or the rapacious Milice.

The partially autobiographical account is seen through the eyes of young Julien who witnesses the arrival of a mysterious group of new students in the dormitory. The period over which the film takes place is a voyage of discovery for Julien as he gradually befriends Jean Bonnet. The film takes its time as it allows the pressures of daily existence to reveal themselves; interestingly we feel the tension between the head of the school and the children's parents many of whom are doing well out of the war, a metaphorical reflection of the state of France at this time. We see privations, the lack of food, the cold and the fear in which people are living surrounded by the occupying forces.

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Contents of the unit


Linguascope copy master book (Glover 2010)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay

Entre les murs

entre les murs, cantet, a level french, aqa

Entre les murs-Laurent Cantet

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We are used to vicariously viewing school life in "fly on the wall" educational documentaries such as Educating Essex and Yorkshire. Cameras are set up to capture scenes which are then edited together to hype a range of dramas which interest the director. Films embracing classroom scenes from Vigo's Zéro de Conduite and Truffaut's Les 400 coups have marked the history of French cinema; school days seem to be an endless source of fascination for French audiences. In the charming Etre and avoir Nicolas Philibert captured a soon-to-retire teacher's last year in a tiny one class primary school with Etre et avoir. The global hit Les Choristes by Barratier was a feel-good hit which again proved that seeing children make good against the odds is a powerful force.

The genesis of Entre les Murs was unusual. François Bégadeau wrote an autobiographical novel of a year teaching French language and literature in a suburban school and the director, Cantet, uses the author to perform as himself in the film using amateur actors to play the students he taught. The film traces, in parallel, the lives of the teachers and the pupils, cutting mainly between staffroom and Marin's (Bégedeau's) classroom. First and foremost it is the diverse characters of the students which is of interest as they begin to assert themselves in mid adolescence; one can feel the attempt to impart French language and culture cracking at the seams as the teacher endeavours to use out-dated didactic techniques to get his message across, albeit with lashings of humanity.

With students coming from all over the world, this classroom, illustrates well France's ethnic diversity and issues around identities, loyalties and fears of expulsion are integrated well into the texture of the film. Challenging from beginning to end the film eschews any sentimentality, is very matter of fact yet strangely endearing.

This blend of documentary style with rehearsed acting is interesting filmically as it harks back to the 1920's and Nanouk of the North the first full-length documentary about the lives of Eskimos. Much of the action, despite appearing authentic, was staged for effect; unlike Nanouk, however although Entre les murs is staged, one really does get the feeling that Cantet really captures the essence of current everyday life in the classroom.














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Contents of the unit


What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Detailed questions
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay (coming soon)
Sample essay based on plan (coming soon)
Useful links




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Intouchables

intouchables, a level french





Intouchables-Nakache et Toledano


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Nakache and Toledano had worked with Omar Sy on a number of projects and when this extract from the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's autobiography Le second souffle was worked up into a script, he seemed to be the perfect vehicle for the ex-gaol bird male attendant to quadriplegic Philippe. In Le second souffle, Abde, the original carer, l is a north African whose wilfulness and casual attitude towards seeing to the needs of his boss appeal to the millionaire who hates to be treated as a victim.

The film chronicles the development of the mutually beneficial relationship between Philippe and Driss (Abdel) from unlikely beginnings; Driss is a stereotypical under-educated inhabitant of the suburbs, kicked out by his step-mother whose lifestyle clashes hopelessly with the luxurious, money-no-object background of Philippe. However, as in life "le courant passe" and straight-talking, impetuous Driss starts to make life worth living again for a man who for all his money is finding it hard to reassert himself after his catastrophic hang-gliding accident.

In the same vein as Les Choristes or Amélie, this is the feel-good film par excellence with many amusing comedic moments; the film is thoroughly enjoyed by students and despite being relatively shallow in terms of the socio-cultural analysis can be studied from many points of view including what elements contribute to making a popular hit piece of entertainment: this is an interesting subject of study in that few films achieve this status.












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Contents of the unit

What's in the unit:-
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Detailed questions
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase

Use the school order form here or email me at alevelfrench@googlemail.com to order the film resources.

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Jean de Florette

jean de florette, a level french

Jean de Florette-Berri


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Marcel Pagnol's original melodrama Manon des sources was made as a film; displeased at the 4 hour version being severely cut, he wrote a novel of the story Eau des collines in which he included the content of what became Jean de Florette. Claude Berri, on reading the novel decided to film it in two parts; with its mixture of humour, pathos, Provençal backdrop and haunting melodies it proved to be a big hit worldwide.

Le Papet and Ugolin. the Soubeyran, uncle and nephew conform to the townie stereotype of the peasant farmer-they are mean, canny and don't like outsiders. When a townie, Jean Cadoret shows up to take over the farmhouse and land left him by his mother, Le Papet and Ugolin plot against him to encourage him to give up on his dream of creating a self-sustaining farm. Ugolin cosies up to the family, ostensibly helping them out at every turn, particularly when drought sets in and there is not water to feed Jean's crops.

The film is brought to life by the stellar performances of Yves Montand as Le Papet, Daniel Auteuil as Ugolin and Gérard Depardieu as Jean Cadoret and there is a tremendous feeling of deflation as the film finishes; surely this can't be it. Noone watching Jean de Florette should deprive themselves of watching the sequel Manon des sources, which was filmed straight after to enjoy/wallow in the full tragedy.























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Contents of the unit

What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase


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Lacombe Lucien

lacombe lucien

Lacombe Lucien-Louis Malle

Louis Malle collaborated with Nobel prize winner Patrick Modiano on the script of this film which when it came out in the early seventies caused a lot of controversy as it was ambiguous about collaboration.

Malle created a mildly sympathetic collaborator, Lucien, who was drawn accidentally into joining with the milice after being rejected by the local resistance run by his former headmaster.

In a fascinating tale we see a whole range of attitudes towards the German occupying forces and are confused at times by the opinions and attitudes of the French people displayed.

Set in Malle's home area, the film is a worthy one to show alongside Au revoir les enfants if this is being studied as the main film.























Contents of the unit

What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links


Purchase


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La haine

la haine, a level french

La haine-Mathieu Kassovitz


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When we, in 2015, see Mathieu Kassovitz in a panel show (Bouillon de Culture) back in 1995 wearing a baseball hat incorporating a cannabis leaf http://www.ina.fr/video/I06103277 we are perhaps shocked at the youthfulness of the director of a film which has remained an icon of French cinema for the past 20 years. Even more shocking perhaps is the fact that the types of events portrayed seem to keep happening; the film has been to some extent prophetic of the way French society was to develop.

Following a few short films, Kassovitz made Métisse (also known as Café au lait), a feature length comedy before La haine. It incorporated not only several of the same actors but also many of the themes which would be taken up by the more celebrated film.

Kassovitz was so insensed at the death of a young African in police custody that he started writing the script for what was to become La haine on the spot. Funding was obtained from Lazenec productions rather than through more official channels which would have assured income in anticipation of profits. A carefully planned production process began, culminating in shooting in a suburban town Canteloup les Vignes and in Paris itself. The ethnically varied trio of Vinz (Jewish background), Saïd (Maghrébin background) and Hubert (African background) play out an intense drama, half in the banlieue town and half in Paris. The film intersperses fast-moving dramatic action with leisurely periods of joke-telling and playing with language as it careers into its final cataclysmic scene.

From the cinematic point of view there is a huge amount to comment on and the characters themselves are individual enough to provoke lively discussion about motivations and ethics.

With La haine having been such a success, it is a huge shame that Kassovitz has not yet produced an equally substantial follow up.













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Contents of the unit


Linguascope copy master book (Glover 2010)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay

Cinema plus materials
Powerpoint tracing life of direct with links to relevant works online
Detailed scene by scene questions
Fully transcribed script (which differs significantly from original scénario
Essay planning materials with marked up exemplar from the relevant boards (WJEC, Edexcel, AQA)
Quotations on range of themes with interactive exercises to assist learning
Sentence level, paragraph level and full essay planning tools
Summary with gaps of other film related to main film studied (see below).
Links to additional web based materials.

Purchase

Use the school order form here or email me at alevelfrench@googlemail.com to order the film resources.

To find out more about this title and to purchase by paypal/card please follow this link to my new DOLANGUAGES site which combines French, German and Spanish resources in one place. Go to the page for this title now



La nuit américaine

la nuit americaine, truffaut, a level french

La nuit américaine-François Truffaut

Truffaut one the Oscar for best foreign film for this fascinating tale of film making within a film. Using some of his fetiche actors like Jean-Pierre Léaud, Truffaut demonstrates the way films used to be made, in a studio, before the New Wave came along.

The many details about how a film is made and the problems directors and producers face on a day to day basis are still largely relevant to film-making today.

Film is being introduced as a topic of study for the new 2016 A levels and this film would be an excellent one to get students into the topic in an interesting and relevant way.
























Contents of the unit


What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase

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Les choristes


les choristes, a level french, edexcel

Les choristes-Christophe Barratier

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Barratier's feel good film from 2004 took France by storm and was successful internationally. Based on a film made in the late 40's Barratier used popular actor Gérard Jugnot to bring to life Clément Mathieu a frustrated musician.

When the "pion" arrives at Fond de l'étang he can't get any lower but from small beginnings he creates something sublime musically in the choir he launches. Star singer Pierre Morhange lifts the standard to new levels and Mathieu makes it his mission to help this young man join the conservatoire in Lyon.

A clash with the head and a tantalizing love interest help keep this film engaging and melodramatic til the very end.

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Contents of the unit


Linguascope copy master book (Glover 2010)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay

Cinema plus materials
Powerpoint tracing life of direct with links to relevant works online
Detailed scene by scene questions
Fully transcribed script (which differs significantly from original scénario
Essay planning materials with marked up exemplar from the relevant boards (WJEC, Edexcel, AQA)
Quotations on range of themes with interactive exercises to assist learning
Sentence level, paragraph level and full essay planning tools
Summary with gaps of other film related to main film studied (see below).
Links to additional web based materials.


To find out more about this title and to purchase by paypal/card please follow this link to my new DOLANGUAGES site which combines French, German and Spanish resources in one place. Go to the page for this title now


Les 400 coups

les 400 coups, truffaut, a level french, film

Les 400 coups-François Truffaut


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When the film Les 400 coups hit the Cannes festival in 1959, the dreams of a young cinema fanatic were finally realized. The young Truffaut's childhood, like that of the main character was steeped in love for this art form; he eventually set up a ciné club (which failed) before being taken under the wing of the renowned critic and founder of the influential Cahiers du Cinéma, André Bazin. He like several other future directors such as Jean-Luc Godard became out-spoken critics of the cinema of the day, the so-called cinéma de qualité. They aspired to producing films which did not subserviently depend on the reproduction of successful books and to get out of the studio; this was to culminate in the Nouvelle Vague of which Les 400 coups was to be an example.

Shot on a small budget subsidized by his wife's father the film was at least partly biographical; Truffaut had been an unwanted child and grew up with his grand-parents and we join the film as cracks in the parent/step-parent/child relationship begin to appear. The portrayal of the harshness of education at the time and straitened circumstances contrast starkly with today's in many ways more liberal society; where the film excels is in showing the young people asserting their individuality and breaking away from the everyday constraints, in much the same way as Truffaut was trying to do filmically.

Tense, bitter scenes alternate with whimsical, humorous ones with a lilting musical score binding the whole together to create a classic coming of age film with its memorable ending.

Les 400 coups is a fascinating film to study with its portrayal of the clash between youthful deviation and authority, whether it be parental, school or the more formal police setting.













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Contents of the unit

What's in the unit?
Detailed dictated version of script
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Detailed questions (coming soon)
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase

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Manon des sources

manon des sources, pagnol, french cinema, a level french

Manon des sources-Berri


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Ugolin is successfully producing carnations for market thanks to now having access to a reliable water supply. His uncle wants him to marry to keep the Soubeyran line going and Ugolin falls hopelessly in love with Manon, the daughter of Jean de Florette whom the two men had inadvertently killed by blocking his water supply.

When Manon who is a goat herd in the hills above the village accidentally overhears a conversation revealing the Soubeyran's guilty secret, all hell is let loose. This melodrama is beautiful to watch and very sentimental with a twist at the end which is harrowing.

This film has been a popular subject of study since it came out and is timeless in its appeal.












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Contents of the unit

What's in the unit?
Detailed dictated script of film
Detailed questions (coming soon)
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase

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Milou en mai (Malle)

milou en mai

Milou en mai-Malle

This very busy film captures the time of the 1968 Paris riots but in the context of a well to do family living in the countryside.

The actions of the family, with custodian of the ancestral home, Milou at its centre, are driven by fear of the revenge of militant protesters and the diverse protagonists spend an uncomfortable but amusing night away from creature comforts.

Despite the events being over relatively quickly there is no going back to the old ways for Milou and the estate which has run out of money.

A thoroughly fascinating film.























Contents of the unit


What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

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Sans toit ni loi

sans toit ni loi, a level french, ocr

Sans toit ni loi-Varda

Agnès Varda, often loosely associated with the French Nouvelle Vague of the 50s and 60s has produced a rich oeuvre of film often dealing with the female condition. Cléo de 5 à 7 is possibly her most enduring work, the film covering a day in the life of a singer Florence (Cléo) Victoire as she waits for the results of a test to confirm whether or not she has cancer. Varda's films pull no punches; Le Bonheur examines the effects of an extra-marital affair on the people involved.

In Sans toit ni loi, the audience is confronted with a death; the body of a young woman who has died of the cold is found in a ditch. The young woman has been roaming the country as a vagabond and the film consists of flashbacks of her dealings with other people over the last few months. Certain scenes appear to be interviews with people who have met the young woman, Mona, and it transpires that she used to have a comfortable existence in Paris but decided that this wasn't what life was about.

An unsettling film, there are no answers, only questions; the central performance by Sandrine Bonnaire is excellent.


























Contents of the unit


What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Detailed questions
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay (coming soon)
Sample essay based on plan (coming soon)
Useful links

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Un long dimanche de fiançailles

un long dimanche, a level french,summary, essay

Un long dimanche de fiançailles-Jeunet


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After Jeunet's world wide success with Amélie, he was handed an enormous budget with which to make Un long dimanche de fiançailles. The resulting drama, based on a novel of the same name, traces the undaunted efforts of Mathilde to find her fiancé who disappeared in the war (first world war) ; she cannot, like many people, believe that the love of her life is dead and within a series of complicated sub-plots meets relevant people who explain their role which is presented to us in the form of flashbacks.

As is customary with Jeunet, every scene is endowed with the highest level of technical and aesthetic artistry, with first world war trench scenes, battles, a field hospital housing a ballon, war time Paris all being rendered in extraordinary detail. Close ups of mechanical devices, and whimsical humour also populate his cinematography; the postman is a particular figure of fun as he arrives with the results of Mathilde's research.

There is plenty to talk about in this film which has much to commend it; it is however important for students to make sure they have a good summary of it to keep on top of the labrynthine story. The film has a particularly strong resonance during this period when we are commemorating a century since the events pictured occurred so it is worthy of study for that reason alone.












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Contents of the unit


What's in the unit?
Detailed gapped summary of the film
Character profile guide (translation to and from French
Direct/Indirect speech activity
Contextualized grammar
A factor-present participle, passive, subjunctive
Multiple tense guide (Tensinator)
Essay planning tool with sample essay
Sample essay based on plan
Useful links

Purchase

Use the school order form here or email me at alevelfrench@googlemail.com to order the film resources.

To find out more about this title and to purchase by paypal/card please follow this link to my new DOLANGUAGES site which combines French, German and Spanish resources in one place. Go to the page for this title now