November 30, 2014

A French Inspired Movie Marathon

Unfortunately, I spent the beginning of this week home sick on the couch, which certainly wasn't conducive to going out and exploring Paris. It was however, a fantastic opportunity to watch a few French inspired films, which to me, were some of the best medicine of all.

An American in Paris movie poster
An American in Paris (1951)
A classic musical starring the talented Gene Kelly, An American in Paris tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an ex GI who moves to Paris to become a painter. Life becomes a bit complicated when the struggling artist and one of his good friends fall in love with the same girl. The quaint Parisian scenes combined with outstanding choreography and gorgeous costumes make it the perfect feel-good film.

PS A world premiere stage adaptation of An American in Paris just opened in Paris last week. Read more about it here!

Chocolat movie poster
Chocolat (2000)
Set in 1950, Vianne and her daughter Anouk move to a small and very traditional French village to open a chocolate shop during Lent. The holier-than-thou mayor, among other townspeople, is a little less than enthused to have her and her sinful business in town. Slowly but surely, Vianne’s decadent chocolate, kindness and free spirt win the hearts of her neighbors.

Julie & Julia movie poster
Julie & Julia (2009)
Two stories rolled into one, Julia & Julia tells the tale of how Julia Child made a name for herself, and how years later, blogger Julie Powell dedicated one year of her life to testing every recipe in Child’s famous cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

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