Brush up on French culture while social distancing

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

Enforced time at home can offer a fabulous opportunity to catch up with all those things you have always wanted to do but never quite managed to make time for.

Particularly when living in France, getting to grips with the culture and the language can often drop off the radar when the priorities are making a living, getting a carte vitale and going to a fête at the village hall.

So, in a time of coronavirus, catching up on some feelgood French movies (as opposed to anything deep and meaningful) is an ideal way to relax while absorbing a bit more vocab – and if your French could use polishing, the best way to watch them is in the original French with French
subtitles. Here are three personal feel-good favourites:

Omar Sy

Intouchables (2011) by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is about a rich quadriplegic who hires a funky black guy
(Omar Sy, right) from the wrong side of the tracks as his personal assistant.

Based on a true story, ...

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