Faire tout un cinéma pour

lp_100ftJourney_073114_04It’s the weekend and if you’re looking for a movie to watch, I’ve got a couple of suggestions for you. I saw both of them over a month ago, but it’s been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to blog about either one. I’m glad they’re still playing!

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEYThe first is The Hundred-Foot Journey. Helen Mirren stars as Madame Mallory, the uptight owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant. When the Kadam family moves to a charming little French town from India, they open a traditional Indian restaurant right across the road from the very correct Madame Mallory. Madame Mallory claims to be able to tell all that she needs to know about a chef from the way he or she prepares an omelet. Helen Mirren does a fairly decent French accent, and her elegant, understated clothes are so beautiful.

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The second recommendation is Magic in the Moonlight. Colin Firth essentially gets to reprise his role as Mr. Darcy in this Woody Allen film. Firth plays an arrogant magician who has been brought to the south of France to unmask a swindler, played by Emma Stone. If you’ve read or watched Pride and Prejudice, you can predict every movement of the plot, down to a super-awkward marriage proposal, but it’s good fun.

Magic-in-the-MoonlightToday’s expression, faire tout un cinéma pour (fair toot uhn sin-ay-mah poor) means “to make a real fuss to do something.” I hope you won’t have to faire tout un cinéma to get to see one of these films this weekend. Enjoy!

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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3 Responses to Faire tout un cinéma pour

  1. Ellen A. says:

    I would also heartily recommend Kevin Kline’s new movie, “My Old Lady.” The film is adapted from playwright Horovitz’s piece about a man who thinks he has inherited a fine Parisian apartment, only to find that it is a “viager,” where Maggie Smith has a life estate. This is a fine film, with both comedic and tragic elements. Anyone sensitive to suicide discussions should abstain, but it is, on the whole, quite life-affirming, and manages to capture the internal life of those mysterious old Parisian apartments.

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