I enjoy ‘binge watching’ language series. That includes: French series, TV shows and films and I am always on the look out for new ones to watch. My favourite genres of French film and French series / TV shows include: thriller, horror, certain comedies, as well as romance. Recommendations are always welcome!
Over the years, I have watched quite a number of French shows on TV, YouTube, Netflix and Prime, as well as on DVD. I recently recommended a couple of French series that I had just watched on my social channels and was asked if I had other recommendations.
I’ve had a little think and started to create a list of French series and French films to watch that I think language learners would enjoy. Many are suitable for 15+ or 18+, but there are a few which would be suitable for school students too. I have looked through many similar lists, but the series they’ve recommended, aren’t ones that I would recommend!
Most of the recommended French shows and films below can currently be found on Netflix, Prime, YouTube or will be available to buy online from Amazon.
1. Extra French – SERIES
Level: CEFR A2-B1 Level
Watch It On: YouTube – bit.ly
2. Plan Cœur (The Hook-Up Plan) – SERIES
Level: Beginner+ (with subtitles in French or English)
Available to watch on: Netflix – Currently 2 Seasons
This is the French show on Netflix that I posted about on my social networks recently. Unfortunately, it’s not suitable for all students at secondary level, as it’s rated 15. It has a lot of swearing, sexual references and scenes. However, it might be suitable for Year 11 students (with parental permission), as well as A-Level French students, adult learners or equivalent!
The main character is called Elsa and she’s struggling to come to terms with her last relationship which ended about 2 years ago. So her friends help her out… I won’t ruin the story line any further for you, but I binge watched both series over two consecutive evenings. It was highly addictive. The actors are very easy on the eye, the pace is excellent, there’s humour, romance and the both series deal with common themes, such as love and life.
Plan cœur gets 5 stars from me. If anyone is looking for a fun, easy to watch French TV series, I’d recommend this one on Netflix.
3. Ne le dit à personne (Tell No One – 2007 – FILM)
Suitable for: Beginner+ (with French subtitles)
Watch it on: DVD – Available To Buy Amazon
This French thriller is directed and co-written by Guillaume Canet. It stars: Francois Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze and Kristin Scott Thomas among others. The story centres around a couple who go skinny dipping in a lake and have an argument. The wife swims ashore and is brutally murdered. An accidental discovery near a doctor’s estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after…
It’s got fantastic reviews and had me gripped from start to finish.
4. Les adoptés (The Adopted – 2011 – FILM)
Suitable For: Beginner+ (with subtitles to help)
Watch it on: Prime – Available To Rent
Lisa and her adopted sister Marine are inseparable. With Lisa’s mother, Millie, they’ve forged a deep bond and offer security to Lisa’s son. When Marine falls in love with someone, the family is thrown off balance and before they can catch their breath, tragedy strikes and the family must realign so they can turn loss into hope and love. There are sex scenes, a bit of violence and strong language, hence the 15 certificate. It’s a fairly slow paced film, but it’s a nice story and Mélanie Laurent is brilliant.
5. Dix Pour cent (Call My Agent – 2015 – Series)
Suitable for: Intermediate+
Available: To Watch Online on Netflix
I’ve nearly finished the first season of this French show, which started in 2015 and is still in production (as far as I am aware!)
From the outset, you can tell it’s a comedy, although not every laughing opportunity will make you laugh…! The basic plot is that talent agents working for the high-end company: ASK, juggle tricky situations whilst defending their vision of the business. They combine art and business, but their private and professional lives sometimes come into conflict. While struggling to save their talent agency which is shaken by the sudden death of its founder, four agents take us behind the scenes of the wild world of celebrity; where laughter, emotion, transgression and tears constantly collide.
It will have you hooked and there are quite a few episodes which I don’t think will disappoint!
…more being added as we speak!
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